P.O. BOX 2120



July 25, 2008



Division Superintendents



Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction



Project Lead The Way Grant Award Opportunity


The Department of Education, Office of Career and Technical Education Services, is pleased to announce the availability of matching state funds in the amount of $50,000 per site for four grants to establish a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) program. Project Lead The Way offers a four-year sequence of courses which, when combined with college preparatory mathematics and science courses in high school, introduces students to the scope, rigor, and discipline of engineering and engineering technology prior to entering college. The primary courses are Introduction to Engineering Design, Digital Electronics, Principles of Engineering, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, and Engineering Design and Development. Additional information about Project Lead The Way can be accessed at


The grant funds must be used to: a) establish a new state-of-the-art Project Lead The Way laboratory, or b) modernize an existing laboratory to fully implement Project Lead The Way. Grant recipients will be notified by October 31, 2008. Grant funds will be for the school year 2009-2010.


Each application received will be given priority consideration based on the strength of the application and geographical/regional representation across the state. The following criteria must be met when submitting an application:

         A 100 percent local match of funds is required (may use local or Perkins funds).

         Only fully completed applications will be considered. Faxed copies of applications will not be reviewed.

         School divisions receiving the grants must commit to sending a lead teacher to the PLTW summer in-service workshop.

         The teacher must hold an endorsement in Technology Education.

         The school and division must make a commitment to implement all five courses over a four-year period.

         The school and division must make a commitment to complete the PLTW Program Certification process by the end of the second year of the school site's participation in the PLTW Program.


Applications from school divisions are to be received at the Department of Education by 4 p.m., September 30, 2008, to be considered for funding and are to be mailed or delivered to:


Elizabeth M. Russell, Director

Office of Career and Technical Education Services

Virginia Department of Education

P.O. Box 2120

Richmond, VA 23218-2120

Hand-deliver to: 101 N. 14th Street, 21st Floor


If you have questions concerning the attached application or the grant, please contact Elizabeth M. Russell, director of career and technical education, via e-mail at or telephone at (804) 225-2847; or Lynn Basham, technology education specialist, via e-mail at or telephone at (804) 786-4210.





a. Application for Project Lead The Way Grant (Word)