KHS Project Lead the Way

Project Leads the Way enabled Kearney High School to expand engineering classes
and help students prepare for careers in the field.

Since February 2013, Baldwin Filters' parent, CLARCOR, is helping to develop the future generation of engineers by donating $60,000 to help fund the Project Lead the Way program, a science, technology, engineering and math curriculum at Kearney High Schools.

"There's a lot of emphasis upon science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and this is a perfect opportunity for Kearney High to emphasize those subjects," Principal Jay Dostal said.

The Project Lead the Way program is a challenging, project-driven, four-year course of studies that incorporates math, science and engineering principles. Students study and solve engineering challenges that will better prepare them for the rigors of engineering course work in college and a productive engineering career. Students learn to use the same industry-leading design software that is used by Intel, Lockheed Martin and Pixar. Students will explore aerodynamic, astronautics, space life sciences and robotics.

The elective courses are Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering, Civil Engineering and Architecture, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Digital Electronics, and Engineering Design and Development, and a computer Integrative Manufacturing class.

"The CLARCOR Foundation grant will help Kearney Public Schools foster students' interest in engineering, math, science, and technology," said Sam Ferrise, president of Baldwin Filters. "This is an investment in the future and will help pay dividends to CLARCOR and Baldwin Filters by helping to attract students to engineering and the manufacturing sciences."

When students are working on a classroom project, Baldwin Filters professionals will offer insights into how engineering concepts are being applied and used in the workplace. Students will also be able to take tours of Baldwin Filters.

"Developing partnerships like the one with Baldwin are critical in order to make these programs work," Dostal said. "We can't educate our students without their assistance whether that be monetary or just time. It's really important that we all come together to educate the kids."