Program Description

The Pathway to Engineering program incorporates a nationally recognized curriculum by Project Lead the Way. PLTW engineering is more than just another high school engineering program. It is about applying engineering, science, math, and technology to solve complex, open-ended problems in a real-world context. Students focus on the process of defining and solving a problem, not on getting the "right" answer. They learn how to apply STEM knowledge, skills, and habits of mind to make the world a better place through innovation.

Two-Year Curriculum

HS Junior Year

  • Introduction to Engineering and Design
  • Principles of Engineering

HS Senior Year

  • Civil Engineering and Architecture
  • Engineering Design and Development

Future Opportunities

Students completing the Pathway to Engineering program are well prepared to move into the NPC Associate of Science in Engineering program or to a four-year engineering program at universities offering an accredited engineering degree. For those students not planning to pursue an engineering college degree, the program provides opportunities to develop highly transferable skills in collaboration, communication, and critical thinking, which are relevant for any technology career.


Students who complete the requirements can earn two AP+PLTW Student Recognition Certificates, qualifications that demonstrate to colleges and employers that the student is ready for advanced course work and interested in careers in this discipline.

To earn the Recognitions, the student must satisfactorily complete three courses in the pathway for each certificate— one AP course (Calculus or Physics) and two PLTW courses; — and earn a qualifying score of 3 or higher on the AP Exam(s) and a score of Proficient or higher on the PLTW End of Course assessment(s).