Project Lead The Way, Inc. (PLTW), a national non-profit that develops and supports hands-on K-12 science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum for schools across the country, has announced plans to expand its operations here, creating up to 30 new jobs by 2016.
The company, which moved its national headquarters from New York to Indiana in November 2011, will invest $1.7 million to expand its offices to cover nearly 27,000 square feet at The Precedent Office Park in Indianapolis, growing more than 15,000 square feet from its original Indiana facility.
Operational next month, the expanded facility will allow the non-profit to continue growing to meet national demand for its programs, including its new elementary school program and the launch of a computer science program, currently piloted in 60 U.S. schools.
“Critical thinking and a knack for problem solving are key skills needed in the workforce to propel our economy and help create jobs,” said Eric Doden, president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. “As a state that works for business, we’re also proud to be a state that works for helping organizations like PLTW develop the nation’s workforce to meet the jobs of today and the new challenges of tomorrow. PLTW’s decision to grow its national headquarters here in the Hoosier State is a testament to Indiana’s embrace of what must be done to provide the optimum environment for business growth.”
PLTW, which currently employs 108 associates nationwide, including 56 Hoosiers, will begin hiring this month for information technology, communications and marketing, school engagement, curriculum development and training positions. Interested applicants may apply online at www.pltw.org.
Founded in 1997, PLTW provides STEM curriculum and teacher training for more than 5,000 schools in all 50 states.
Growing from a national demand to integrate core school subjects with relevant problem solving skills, the organization offers curriculum tailored to each age group, including elementary, middle and high school students, with high school programs including a focus on biomedical science and engineering.