NM Project Lead The Way

Project Lead The Way is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics education curricular programs used in middle and high schools across the U.S.

The Engineering New Mexico Resource Network in the College of Engineering at New Mexico State University has served as the NM PLTW Affiliate since 2006. As the state affiliate, Engineering New Mexico oversees the PLTW Summer Core Teacher Training programs, held specifically to train PLTW teachers from across the state in this highly effective curriculum. NMSU also hosts the annual NM PLTW Teacher Conference each fall.

PLTW’s comprehensive curriculum for engineering, bio-medical engineering, and computer science has been collaboratively designed by PLTW teachers, university educators, engineering and bio-medical professionals and school administrators to promote critical thinking, creativity, innovation and real-world problem solving skills in students. In 2016, the NM Public Education Department formerly adopted PLTW programs of study as a resource to help schools strengthen career technical education across the state, specifically among schools receiving Carl D. Perkins funding, http://www.ped.state.nm.us/ped/CCR_perkins.html.

Other notable changes include a new partnership between PLTW and the AP College Board, https://www.pltw.org/our-programs/ap-pltw

2017 Core Training Information

Core Training Offerings

Affiliate University Session Number Start Date End Date Course Name
New Mexico State University Session 1: June 5 – June 16 06/05/17 06/16/17 Engineering Design and Development
New Mexico State University Session 1: June 5 – June 16 06/05/17 06/16/17 Introduction to Engineering
New Mexico State University Session 2: June 19 – June 30 06/19/17 06/30/17 Principles of Engineering

PLTW  teachers should plan to arrive on June 4 for Session 1 and June 18 for Session 2.  We will be hosting a Welcome Reception at 5:00 p.m. on the Sunday evening prior to each Core Session.  Following the Welcome Reception, participants will be provided an overview of the respective PLTW Course session expectations and provided an update on logistical issues. NMSU will have IT support available during this time to assist in any issues that may arise in connecting to the NMSU Aggie wireless network.

New PLTW Teachers should check with their PLTW District or School Administrator to confirm that they have been added as a teacher for their school. If they have not, contact School Support at (877) 335-7589 or at schoolsupport@pltw.org.

Course Registration

2017 Registration Fees

  • Included: lunch and snacks on training days, parking at NMSU Campus (with permit, provided), attendee PLTW polo, padfolio, and water bottle
  • NOT Included: housing, breakfast (included with recommended hotel) and dinner on training days, all non-training day meals, transportation to and from El Paso International Airport and Las Cruces, NM


PLTW training participants are responsible for their own lodging during the respective training sessions.  Arrangements have been made for a block of rooms at the following hotel:

          Ramada Palms Hotel and Conference Center
          201 E University Ave, Las Cruces, NM 88005
          Phone: (575) 526-4411
          Group Rate: $69/night (Group rate Includes Continental breakfast)
          Ask for NM PLTW when making your hotel reservation 
          Session 1 Block Rate Deadline:  May 27
          Session 2 Block Rate Deadline:  June 10

Transportation while in Las Cruces

NM PLTW will  provide shuttle service to and from the Ramada Palms and the NMSU Campus. Transportation outside of training sessions are the responsbility of PLTW participants.

Nearest Airport

El Paso International Airport

Ground Transportation from El Paso International Airport to Las Cruces 


Attendance is paramount to a full learning experience and essential to becoming a credentialed PLTW teacher. In the event that a participant is absent for a portion of Core Training, special permission must be requested in writing to engr-nm@nmsu.edu . All excused absences are at the discretion of the NM PLTW Director and must not at any time exceed 5% of the training hours for that particular course.

NM PLTW reserves the right to cancel a session 30 days prior to start of the session due to low enrollment. NM PLTW is not responsible for expenses incurred due to cancellations.


The Registration Fee must be paid prior to the Core Training, payable to NMSU Engineering New Mexico Resource Network. A check, purchase order or credit card are accepted.

Laptop Requirements

Please refer to the PLTW Computer and Tablet Specifications to ensure your computer will run as needed while at Core Training.

Each teacher participating in NM PLTW Core Training and teaching Project Lead The Way courses is required to have a laptop computer for his/her use. Teachers must have Administrator rights and the capability to connect to NMSU Aggie-Wireless Internet.


Engineering New Mexico Resource Network

For information about becoming a PLTW school, contact:

Patricia A. Sullivan, PhD
Associate Dean, Outreach and Public Service
College of Engineering
NM PLTW State Affiliate Director

PLTW National

PLTW Solution Center