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Two Engineering Programs Earn State Recognition

Two Engineering Programs Earn State Recognition

The Kentucky Engineering Technology Education Association (KETEA) has chosen the engineering programs at Leestown Middle and Bryan Station High schools as models for the state. They will receive 2023 Program of the Year honors at the KETEA fall conference in mid-November.

The awards committee noted Leestown’s commitment to engaging students in project-based learning experiences that empower them for life-long success. The program also illustrates community collaboration through a Family Engagement Night featuring students’ work.

Leestown’s Hayley Bromagen said Pre-Engineering provides opportunities for a diverse group of students to test out STEM careers. “Our program encourages them to be critical thinkers and creative problem solvers as they explore engineering concepts,” she added. “We believe that students who have a strong foundation in technology skills, an ability to collaborate with people from diverse walks of life, and experiences in the engineering process will be rewarded with opportunities and choice in how they will create fulfilling and meaningful lives.”

The KETEA committee picked Bryan Station High because of the huge lift in rebuilding the program over the past six years, including strong collaboration with English, Math, and Science teachers. In addition, the panel found that program leaders see the value of the Career & Technical Student Organization, and they have grown the Technology Student Association membership.

Rusty Willhoite, an instructor in the school’s Academy of Engineering, Manufacturing, and Robotics, also noted how their students have an outstanding success rate in industry certifications.