HOSA’s Participation at the PLTW Summit 2017

Orlando, Florida—HOSA–Future Health Professionals was involved in multiple ways at the recent PLTW (Project Lead the Way) Summit 2017, Orlando World Center Marriot Convention Center, October 22–25.  During the Engage Expo, HOSA connected with Summit attendees highlighting the mission of HOSA and sharing personal experiences by exhibit staffers, LeAna Truong, HOSA Postsecondary/Collegiate Board Representative, Evangelina Wong, Florida HOSA State Northern Vice-President and Jodalys Herrera, Timber Creek High School HOSA Chapter President. HOSA’s workshop, Connect, Inspire, and Engage with Middle and High School Students—The Next Generation of Health Professionals was well-attended and provided information to PLTW Biomedical Science and Gateways teachers interested in affiliating HOSA chapters at their schools.

HOSA’s stage presence was prominent with two PLTW Biomedical Science schools and HOSA chapters being recognized on stage for their outstanding programs and students: Timber Creek School (FL) and Health and Science School—Beaverton (OR). In addition, Mike Lindley, the HOSA local chapter advisor at Wes Watkins Technology Center, Wetumka, Oklahoma was awarded the PLTW Biomedical Science Teacher of the Year. Congratulations to all!

PLTW Summit 2017 is the premier gathering for the PLTW network – a group dedicated to preparing students with the in-demand knowledge and transportable skills they need to succeed in college and career. The event featured keynotes by generational expert Matt Beaudreau and Leah Jewell, managing director of career development and employability at Pearson; dozens of presentations by PLTW partners, students and teachers from across the country; and more than 250 interactive workshops, many of which provided educators the opportunity to earn continuing education units. HOSA was pleased to be the career and technical student organization (CTSO) in Orlando to share the importance of our partnership with PLTW. www.pltw.org