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TICHIGAN – The Washington-Caldwell School District announced Monday that it has been recognized as a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished District for providing broad access to learning opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math disciplines through PLTW programs.

The district, serving the north end of the Town of Waterford, is one of just over 30 districts across the U.S. to receive this honor. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that serves K-12 students and teachers in over 10,500 schools across the U.S.

PLTW is designed to help students develop in-demand, transportable knowledge and skills through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. As PLTW students progress through grades K-12, they engage in problem solving and process thinking, develop technical knowledge and skills, build communication skills, and explore career opportunities.

The recognition honors districts committed to increasing student access, engagement and achievement with PLTW programs. To be eligible for the designation, Washington-Caldwell had to have had 20 percent or more of its students in each grade, K-12, participate in a PLTW program during the 2016-17 school year. Washington-Caldwell had 100 percent participation, PLTW said.

“We are very excited to offer Project Lead the Way to all students in grades K-8. The hands-on, practical experiences that Project Lead the Way brings to our curriculum is a benefit for all,” said Jill Saltzmann, superintendent of Washington-Caldwell, 8937 Big Bend Road (Highway 164).

“It is a great honor to recognize Washington-Caldwell for its commitment to students,” said Vince Bertram, president and CEO of PLTW. “These educators are leaders in what school should look like, and they should be very proud of ensuring students have the knowledge and skills to be career ready and successful on any career path they choose.”

For more information about PLTW’s recognition program, visit

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