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NextEd Secures 38 School Sites for Statewide Study of Engineering Pathways, Funded by $5 Million grant from U.S. Dept. of Education

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SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- After more than a year of effort, NextEd has secured agreements from 38 school sites throughout California to evaluate the effectiveness of engineering pathways on students' success and career trajectory.

Currently, the Capital Region Project Lead the Way Network (PLTW), managed by NextEd, facilitates programs offered in 23 high school and 24 middle schools in the greater Sacramento region. The i3 grant award allows for eventual expansion of the network to encompass more than 80 schools, serving 7,000 students.

The school agreements result from NextEd's being awarded more than $5 million in grant funding from the Office of Investing in Innovation (i3), part of the US Department of Education, in 2012.

The research grant award funds research to validate the nationally recognized PLTW engineering curriculum with regard to overall student progress in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). The grant project will demonstrate success rates of high need and nontraditional students in STEM course work, as well as their potential success in college and careers in STEM fields.

Competing i3 grantees were required to secure a 10 percent private sector match. Matching funds received by NextEd far exceeded requirement, including cash and in kind contributions from Intel, AT&T, Sutter Health, GenCorp, SMUD, CDW-G, PLTW National, and the research evaluation firm of John Gargani + Co.  NextEd also received support from a wide range of California political, business, education and civic leaders, including U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer and U.S. Representatives Dan Lungren (former), Doris Matsui, Tom McClintock and Mike Thompson.

The i3 funding will be allocated to a consortium of 38 high schools throughout the State of California within the following counties: Butte, El Dorado, Kern, Los Angeles, Nevada, Orange, Placer, Riverside, Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba counties.  Grant dollars will support the implementation of Project Lead the Way Engineering Pathways and provide computer hardware and software, maintenance and tech support, student technology supplies and PLTW professional development for teachers.

NextEd is a non-profit employer-education partnership serving California's Capital Region, and is an affiliate of the Sacramento Metro Chamber.  NextEd's scope of work is defined as "advancing programs and policies that prepare students for success in the next economy."

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