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Partnerships - Howmet/Alcoa

Students in Mr. Eric Stephen's La Porte High
School Project Lead The Way class test their
simple machines activity and finish or alter
final 3-D drawings for their device

Principles Of Engineering Class Offered At LPHS

La Porte Community School Corporation is please to announce the offering of the Principles of Engineering (POE) course to 9th graders at La Porte High School during the 2007-2008 school year.

Students who participated in the Introductory Engineering Course at Boston and Kesling Intermediate Schools during the 2006-2007 school year will be eligible to take this new course.  The curriculum is designed to help students understand the field of engineering and engineering technology and its career possibilities.

The Principles of Engineering course will follow the Indiana Department of Education’s model Project Lead the Way. Students will take two trimesters of the course where they will develop engineering problem solving skills that are involved in post-secondary education programs and engineering careers.  They will also explore various engineering systems and manufacturing processes.  In addition, students will learn how engineers address concerns about the social and political consequences of technological changes. 

The total La Porte community will benefit from the partnership between La Porte Community Schools and Howmet/Alcoa as students will be encouraged to pursue a high school education that will prepare them for a career in Engineering during which students will become comfortable with the career goals and objectives of the occupation.  The curriculum will be sustained and expanded with the programs based on Project Lead The Way to accommodate students, throughout their high school education, who plan to pursue a career in Engineering.  In turn, local businesses will be provided with a pool of students from which internship, mentorship, and possible employment candidates will result. The total community will benefit from our students returning to or staying in the La Porte community with excellent job opportunities.

Project Lead The Way
Former Associate Superintendent Dr. Shawver,
and former Superintendent Dr. Judith DeMuth,
accept a check from Mr. James Mandeville,
Human Resources Manager from
Howmet/Alcoa, for the P.L.T.W. program

“Project Lead The Way” Up and Running At Boston and Kesling Intermediate Schools

The LaPorte Community School Corporation is extremely pleased to announce that we have been identified by Howmet/Alcoa as an award recipient of $30,000 to support the implementation of “Project Lead the Way,” an Introduction to Engineering Course for 30 students at both Boston and Kesling Intermediate Schools commencing with the 2006-2007 school year. 

“Project Lead the Way” is a national program focusing on partnerships between public schools, institutions of higher education, and businesses to increase the quantity and quality of engineers and engineering technologists graduating from U.S. schools.  Indiana is a national leader in Project Lead the Way, Inc., second only to New York, with more than 180 schools and 500 businesses.

Project Lead The Way
Randy McGriff, P.L.T.W. teacher at Kesling Intermediate School, instructs students in the new
program while KMS Principal Bill Wilmsen watches

This course will develop student problem solving skills with emphasis placed on the development of three-dimensional solid models.  Students will work from sketching simple geometric shapes to applying a solid modeling computer software package and will learn a problem solving design process that is used in the industry to manufacture a product.  The Computer Aided Design System (CAD) will also be used to analyze and evaluate the product design.  The techniques learned and the equipment used is state of the art and are currently being used by engineers throughout the United States.

Project Lead The Way
Tim Howell, P.L.T.W. teacher at Boston Middle
School, teaches several students while
former BMS Principal Dave Birkholz observes

James Mandeville from Howmet/Alcoa and former superintendent Dr. Judith DeMuth from LaPorte Community School Corporation worked together to establish a partnership that both parties feel will extend well into the future by  encouraging students to pursue the field of engineering as their vocation of choice, which in turn will hopefully result in more students graduating from college in the engineering field and those graduates returning to LaPorte for future employment at Howmet/Alcoa.

In addition, the Indiana Department of Education recently awarded LaPorte Community School Corporation, one of five Indiana school districts, a $7,000 grant to support the study, implementation, and expansion of “Project Lead the Way” in middle schools in communities where Alcoa has a presence.  Other school districts receiving grant awards were Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation, Crawfordsville Community Schools, Tippecanoe School Corporation, and DeKalb County Central United School District.

Lincoln Elementary and Howmet Corporation – A Valuable Link

Howmet Corporation is a vital business partner in education to Lincoln Elementary School and has provided many opportunities for Lincoln’s students from arranging a meeting with a NASA astronaut, providing tutors, donating books, to providing ice cream socials for good citizenship. 

Lincoln Elementary students and staff have immensely benefited from the generosity of Howmet and they would like to extend a special thank you to Mr. James Mandeville from Howmet Corporation and Mrs. Allison Middlebrook from Community in Schools for making the connection between Howmet and Lincoln Elementary School.

During the 2006-2007 school year, Lincoln Elementary was awarded a generous grant from Howmet to operate an after school program which will provide small groups of students with extra help in literacy skills.  The Lincoln Lions After-School Club will begin later in October and run through April.  It will be instructed by teachers with additional help provided by assistants.  Parents will be encouraged to attend so that they may learn strategies for assisting their students at home.

Lincoln is honored to have received additional funding for the 2007-2008 school year in order to continue their Lion’s Den program.

Kingsford Heights Homework Heroes Program Establish With Howmet/Alcoa Funds

Kingsford Heights Elementary School was awarded grant funding from Howmet to establish an after school program for their third, fourth, and fifth grade students.  The Homework Heroes program will assist students with their homework, concentrating on organization and process skills during the 2007-2008 school year.


Howmet/Alcoa Funds Benefit Handley’s HOSTS Program

The HOSTS Program has been an integral program at Handley Elementary School for the past nine years and funding received from Howmet/Alcoa during the 2007-2008 school year will help expand the program.

The HOSTS program invites community members to be mentors who work with second and third grade students to help them become successful in the areas of reading and language arts.  The program not only helps students become successful in the academic areas, it also improves their behavior toward school and others.  The HOSTS Program services 30 students at any one time each year and there are approximately 75 community members who are currently volunteering in the program.