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HMC-1 Receives National Recognition for Commitment to Empowering Students

PLTW BannerHickman Mills C-1 Schools has been recognized as a 2022-23 Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished District for providing broad access to transformative learning experiences for students through its PLTW pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. It is one of just 17 districts across the United States to receive this honor. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that serves millions of students and teachers in Pre-K through 12 grades in schools across the country.

“Education in the world today is more than passing a test, it’s real-world skills that students can take with them after they graduate,” Superintendent of School Yaw Obeng said. “Our PLTW classes provide invaluable real-world experiences. So many of our students who participate in these classes not only go on to careers in these fields, but also attain internships, receive college scholarships, or have other post-secondary opportunities that carry them on to professional success.”

The PLTW Distinguished District recognition honors districts committed to increasing student access, engagement, and achievement in their PLTW programs. To be eligible for the designation, HMC1 had to have 20 percent or more of its students in each grade, Pre-K-12, participate in a PLTW program during the 2021-22 school year, or each school in the district needed to receive the 2022-23 PLTW Distinguished School award.

Through PLTW programs, students develop in-demand knowledge and skills that they will use both in school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take. As PLTW students progress through grades Pre-K-12, they are empowered to engage in problem-solving and process thinking, develop technical knowledge and skills, build communication skills, and explore career opportunities. HMC1 offers PLTW Launch (grades Pre-K-5), PLTW Gateway (grades 6-8), and PLTW Computer Science, Engineering, and Biomedical Science at Ruskin High School.

“We are proud to recognize Hickman Mills C-1 Schools for their commitment to providing students with exceptional educational experiences while ensuring equitable access to PLTW programs,” said Dr. David Dimmett, PLTW President and CEO. “We congratulate them on this achievement and celebrate their important work empowering students with the knowledge and skills to succeed, not only in STEM subjects, but also more generally in life and career.”

HMC1 is part of a community of Pre-K-12 schools, colleges, and universities, along with corporate and philanthropic partners across the country united around a passion for providing students with inspiring, engaging, and empowering learning opportunities. For more information about PLTW’s recognition program, visit