GLEN DALE – A Marshall County Schools Trustee has been nationally acclaimed as a rising star in his field.
Marshall County Schools’ career and technical education director Bob Wilson was one of only 16 across the country to win the 2021-2022 Project Lead the Way Outstanding Administrator of the Year award. The award recognizes those who have found innovative ways to engage students, teachers and caregivers.
Wilson said Thursday that Marshall County’s Project Lead the Way program distinguishes itself by ranging from kindergarten to grade 12, and with branches for computer science, engineering and biomedical sciences, giving students the district a wide range and plenty of room to develop.
“We have programs at the high school, middle and elementary level, and my goal is just to help students be successful no matter what program they’re going to be in,” he said.
“… At the secondary level, there are three different paths; most people only have one engineering path. We have biomedical, engineering, and IT. You’ll be hard-pressed to find another county in the state of West Virginia or the Ohio Valley that offers all three lanes at the high school level.
Wilson said the support of teachers and county administrators, right down to the board of education, had made a big difference.
“They are really committed to helping students succeed; whether it is them or guidance counselors, if you talk about Project Lead the Way in Marshall County, people know what you are talking about, ”he said.
Wilson was modest in his description of his accomplishments, describing himself as “just a cog in the wheel”.
Support from the administration has enabled the development of several programs, including the Career and Technical Education summer camp, which was new in 2021, and the Marshall County Engineering Expo, which allows students to network and demonstrate what they learned during their schooling. careers.
“I get the resources that our students and teachers need, but they are actually the backbone of the program. We have just been blessed from top to bottom; we have great teachers, our students took control and just ran with it.
“… This was our first year to do (summer camp), and we had 180 students come for it, as well as the Marshall County Engineering Expo, where senior students present their synthesis projects to a panel of experts, with people from (West Virginia University), Williams Energy, Hanger (Clinic) We do a lot of things, and I don’t mean it’s hard work, because I really like what we do. It’s for the kids, it’s a great program and it gives them the opportunity to network with different people.