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WWTC Receives $50,000 Grant for New Biomedical Science Academy

WWTC Receives $50,000 Grant for New Biomedical Science Academy

Shown from upper left are students at WWTC Biomedical Science Academy are Tanner Bowen, Okemah; instructor Mike Lindley. Bottom, Zach Gann, Wetumka and Deknisha Willis, Okemah work on DNA extraction, dialysis lab, glucose absorption.

Wes Watkins Technology Center has received a $50,000 grant for its new Biomedical Science Academy.

The grant, provided by CareerTech's High Growth and Emerging Technology initiative, is part of the Carl Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, which is designed to reward new and innovative educational initiatives in secondary and postsecondary schools.

The Wes Watkins academy uses Project Lead the Way curriculum, a nationally-recognized curriculum with rigorous standards and partnerships among public schools, higher education institutions and career and technology centers to improve effectiveness and flexibility for students.

“The Biomedical Science Academy offers collegiate level prep courses, lab exercises, and creative activities. Students must also complete additional advanced math and science courses as part of the program. This academy is for students who know they want to continue on to college and complete a degree in a medical field,” said Mike Lindley, BMA instructor at WWTC.

The four foundation courses set forth by PLTW are to be taken by students sequentially; Principles of Biomedical Science, Human Body Systems, Medical Interventions, and Biomedical Innovations. Courses are aligned with the national education standards and meet the highest standard of rigor in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Students will investigate the areas of the medical field, human biology, physiology, genetics, microbiology and public health. By assuming lead roles of biomedical professionals, students will perform real-world, hands-on, and problem-solving activities to enhance understanding and bring relevance to academic STEM courses.

The academy is a two year program and is open to junior-year high school students with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5. Qualified students also need to have complete Algebra II and Biology I or be co-enrolled in Algebra II their junior year. They must also meet the minimum ACT or WWTC Career Advancement Center test scores prior to the application deadline. PLAN/ACT Benchmark scores indicate college readiness in the test areas.

To increase their level of success in the Biomedical Science Program, it is recommended that the students be at or above the benchmarks in at least 3 areas - English 15, mathematics, 19; reading, 17; science 21 and a composite of 19.

Student in the BMA must also complete one advanced science course and one advance math course per year. Advanced math courses include geometry, Algebra II, trigonometry, pre-calculus and AP Statistics. Advanced science courses include anatomy/physiology, Biology II and pre-AP Chemistry.

Instructor Mike Lindley attended the PLTW Core Training Biomedical Science Academy “Boot Camp” at OU Health Science Center this past summer. The core training was a rigorous, project based learning immersion into the field of biomedical science. He attended two sessions with each session spanning two weeks’ worth of intense training designed to fully prepare instructors to engage students in innovation.

“I am honored to be a part of Project Lead the Way and feel excited to offer biomedical science to our partner school students,” said Lindley.

Lindley will continue his training in PLTW professional development, which is a three-phase program focused on proper preparation, in-depth training, and continuing education. By actively participating in all three phases of professional development, educators have the opportunity to increase their depth of content knowledge, skills, and teaching related to specific PLTW courses instruction.

The three phases of professional development are Readiness Training, Core Training, and Ongoing Training.

PLTW's Virtual Academy provides ongoing professional development training; detailed materials for each lesson in every PLTW course; videos of PLTW master teachers teaching; PLTW lessons. Also included are collaboration tools including forums for teachers to ask questions and discuss PLTW lessons.

More information on the Biomedical Science Academy or other WWTC Career Majors can be viewed at or by calling 405-452-5500 ext. 2124. In-district patrons may call toll free at 1-888-884-3834.


By Sandy Fields
Wes Watkins Technology Center
(405) 452-5500

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