At Purdue Polytechnic High School (PPHS), students take learning into their own hands, gaining a well-rounded education and mastering the skills needed to succeed in college and in a technology-rich world. 

Students are immersed in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), learning all core academic concepts within the context of STEM-focused projects. PPHS fosters students’ natural curiosities about solving real-world problems, igniting their imagination and enhancing their learning experiences. Students take control of their own education, partnering with local industry leaders to identify and solve the big problems facing their organizations. Students are encouraged to prepare for their next-steps while at PPHS, taking dual-credit courses and completing internships or technical certifications.

Industry Projects 

Students at PPHS participate in a series of projects in partnership with the largest and most innovative employers in the area. They take tours of partner sites, learn about their industry and are posed a challenge question that they take back to PPHS. These projects aren’t just a learning experience for students, they are authentic challenges facing each one of the school’s industry partners, providing our students an exciting glimpse into what it might be like to work in each of these industries. 

When they get back to school, the work on challenge questions begins! Students work in groups to conduct user interviews, create solutions and build a prototype. At the end of the project cycle, students are able to present their prototype, pitch to PPHS industry partners and get valuable feedback from experts in the field. 

Some of our challenge questions include: 

  • How might we move products faster, further, cheaper or more efficiently? — Republic Airways
  • How might we sustain and conserve the natural environment? — The Indianapolis Zoo 
  • How might we revitalize urban neighborhoods in our community? — Keystone Group
  • How might we extend the healthy human lifespan worldwide? — Eli Lilly and Company 

Postsecondary Education 

Students will be well-prepared for the rigors of post-secondary education, regardless of what career they choose to pursue. From managing their own schedule as a freshman to completing internships and dual-credit courses as an upperclassmen, PPHS graduates will have the experience to tackle new problems and challenges with confidence.

What can PPHS offer a college-bound student? 

  • Opportunity to earn direct admittance to Purdue’s Polytechnic Institute in West Lafayette. 
  • Access to a college and career advisor 
  • Experience in the area of their interest as an intern 
  • Dual-credit courses 
  • Job shadowing and exposure to a variety of careers 

What careers will a student be prepared for after graduating from PPHS and obtaining a bachelor’s degree?

Examples include:

  • Engineer.
  • Computer Programmer.
  • Game Designer.
  • Graphic Designer. 
  • Teacher.
  • Scientist.
  • Project Manager.
  • Human Resources. 
  • Pilot. 
  • IT Sales. 

High-Wage Careers

Another option for successful PPHS graduates is to pursue a high-wage, sustainable career immediately after graduation. With a professional internship under their belt, experience partnering with local employers, and earning technical or professional certifications, PPHS students will stand out and be successful in many fields. 

What can PPHS offer a career pathway student?

  • Experience partnering with local employers 
  • Internship experience
  • Professional or technical certifications
  • Opportunity to explore a variety of disciplines and careers 

What career could a student be prepared for after graduating from PPHS?

  • Help-Desk Analyst
  • Computer Networking
  • Phlebotomist 
  • Administrative Assistant 
  • End-User Support/Customer Service
  • Skilled Construction
  • Medical Billing
  • Air Traffic Controller

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