Department of Environmental and Technological Studies


Project Lead The Way

Project Lead The Way helps students on local, state and national levels to develop the skills needed to succeed in the global economy.

Our faculty members provide a leadership role in Minnesota Project Lead The Way, by helping students develop science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills.

Dr. Kurt Helgeson is the co-affiliate director of Minnesota Project Lead the Way. Dr. Jim Nicholson, Chuck Hentges, and Mark Schroll are university professors for the program. They teach the summer training course and provide technical support to the teachers and school districts.

The Technology Education pre-service program provides opportunities for graduates to be certified in several Project Lead the Way courses.

2018 Summer Training


Aug. 6

The first meeting of each class is in Brown Hall 108.

  • Engineering Design and Development
  • Biomedical Innovations
  • Medical Interventions
  • Principles of Biomedical Science
  • Medical Detectives
  • Launch Teacher training

Aug. 13

The first meeting of each class is in Brown Hall 108.

  • Automation and Robotics
  • Computer Science for Innovators and Makers

Park is in the 4th Avenue Parking Ramp. We will give you a voucher at registration.

You can also park west of Fifth Avenue.

Where to stay

Choose from two hotels. They are located about a mile west of campus, near the intersection of Minnesota Highway 15 and Third Street N., St. Cloud. 

The hotel includes free breakfast. We provide lunch.

Graduate Credit

To earn graduate credit:

University Credit for High School Students

High school students can earn university credits for completing high school Project Lead the Way courses. The cost is $100 for three semester credits.

Download the application as a MS Word document:

The deadline for processing applications:

  • May 1: Credits will be processed for spring semester at St. Cloud State (grades available mid-May)
  • Aug. 1: Credits will be processed for summer semester at St. Cloud State (grades available mid-August)
  • Dec. 1: Credits will be processed for fall semester at St. Cloud State (grades available mid-December)

Transcripts and Transfers

Office of Records and Registration provides information on transcripts and transfer of credits to other schools.

Minnesota Project Lead the Way Professional Development Conference

2017 MN Project Lead the WayProfessional Development
This year the event will be back in St. Cloud.  It will be Oct. 9-10. You will need to register for both the conference and reserve a hotel if needed.  We have a block of rooms at the Best Western Kelly Inn.
Conference registration:
PLEASE download and review this file describing the conferences sessions BEFORE you register. During registration you will be asked to sign up for sessions of interest to you and this document will offer  descriptions of each session and a graphic of the schedule for the conference to aid in those decisions. 
Conference sessions:
Hotel registration: 

We have blocks of rooms reserved at the Kelly Inn at a reduced price of $99/room for the conference.

For reservations, you can simply call the hotel directly at 320-253-0606 and reference Project Lead the Way, or you can use the URL:

Map of locations: of events: