PLTW teachers and school counselors are able to access a nationwide support network comprised of PLTW’s national staff, master teachers and state leaders (education professionals employed by state Departments of Education). PLTW has over 35 affiliate college and university partners that offer students credit for completing certain PLTW courses in high school. These universities also provide an intensive 2-week professional development course during the summer that PLTW teachers are required to complete before teaching a PLTW course. PLTW’s nationally recognized technology, engineering and science partners, corporate sponsors and philanthropic supporters offer materials, technology, equipment, and grants, as well as internships that allow students to see firsthand how what they are learning in the classroom applies to the real world.