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University of Minnesota Rochester

University Square 111 South Broadway Rochester, MN 55904

Contact Information

PLTW Solution Center

Phone: 877.335.PLTW (7589)

Email: [email protected]

Training Summary

To ensure our teachers can train this summer and implement programs in fall 2020, we are moving to a completely virtual training experience this summer. There will be no onsite face-to-face trainings conducted in summer 2020. Detailed information about these experiences and transfer information for previous in-person registrations will be available soon.

University of Minnesota Rochester, located in the friendly and vibrant urban setting of Rochester, Minnesota. Rochester is home to internationally renowned biomedical and technology enterprises that enrich the student learning experience.    

The University of Minnesota Rochester specializes in health sciences and offers a unique learning experience for students to learn and engage with medical professionals daily and be prepared to graduate into a career in the ever-changing world of health care.

Training Schedule

Please refer to the 2020 Core Training Schedule to review the time frame for each course.

PLTW is pleased to offer standard pricing for all PLTW Core Traing classes. The tuition fee covers access to all training materials, course facilitation, and support by expert Master Teachers along with PLTW-branded swag and the PLTW Training Guarantee.

Training Tuition Fee


PLTW Launch – Classroom Teacher


PLTW Launch – Lead Teacher


PLTW Gateway – 3-day


PLTW Gateway – 5-day


PLTW high school courses


Planning Your Investment

When you register for Core Training in myPLTW, you will need to provide a credit card or purchase order to secure, and pay for, your Core Training seat and any add-ons like on-campus housing and parking. Use this INVESTMENT TOOL to plan for your 2020 Core Training experience at this venue and secure any advance approvals.

Payment Guarantee Form

If you are unable to provide credit card information or a purchase order to confirm your registration, you may choose to use the Payment Guarantee Form to register:

  1. Select PO Number
  2. Enter Payment Guarantee as your purchase order number
  3. Choose Upload Files and upload a completed copy of the Payment Guarantee Form
  4. Submit

PLTW reserves the right to cancel any PLTW Core Training registration where a false or inaccurate purchase order was uploaded during the registration process.

Industry/Career Connection Highlights

We’re excited to offer all PLTW Core Training participants at hub locations an opportunity to engage in a business and industry experience, where they can see firsthand what challenges businesses are solving and how industry values PLTW students’ knowledge, skills, and experiences. PLTW Teachers can take their insights, lessons, and inspiration back to the classroom to better inform their teaching and engage with local businesses to create inspiring career learning experiences for their students.

These Core Training industry experiences will take a variety of virtual and live formats, including:

  • Behind-the-scenes looks at real problems solved by industry
  • Interactive Q&As with business and industry professionals
  • Facility tours and site visits

Technology Requirements

One key to a successful start to your Core Training experience is preparation with the hardware and software you need for your courses. Detailed information about the requirements for each course can be found here. A few general tips to keep in mind include:

  • Review the Technology Requirements specific to your course well in advance of your training.
  • Work with your school or district's IT department to acquire the device(s) you need, whitelist the suggested websites, and install the software needed for the course.
  • Request administrator rights to your device. If you need help troubleshooting issues during Core Training, this is critical to have in place so that problems can be solved with our PLTW Solution Center. With no administrator rights, our PLTW Solution Center will be limited in the help they can provide.
  • Complete software tutorials in the prerequisite materials.

Prerequisite Training

Your learning journey starts before your first meeting. To prepare you for the exciting challenge of Core Training, prerequisite training introduces you to Project Lead The Way and builds a foundation for the course you will be taking—providing an introduction to the learning experience, course tools, and additional resources that set you up for success.  You must complete prerequisite training after you register and before class begins.


Check-in gives you an opportunity to get your bearings at the training venue, meet the training support staff and Master Teachers, ensure your technology is working, and learn more about PLTW and what to expect during the training experience.

Check-In Details

What happens during check-in :

Please complete all prerequisite training before you arrive. You'll want to have your laptop with charger and a photo ID to check-in so that you can:

  • Receive your room assignment for training and the location of orientation 
  • Connect your laptop to the onsite printers and verify that your technology is working properly
  • Ask any additional questions you may have about the venue 

For all training sessions that begin on a Monday, check-in times are:

Sunday, 2 - 6 P.M. (Local time)
Monday, 7 - 8 A.M. (Local time)

For all training sessions that begin mid-week, check-in will be the preceding day from 4 - 5 P.M. and the morning before class begins from 7 - 8 A.M. local time. Check-in is drop-in style, and you only need to attend one of the options.

Check-in is required for all participants. For those who are attending Core Training for the first time, it’s especially helpful to arrive for check-in the day prior to allow extra time to get to know the venue and verify that your technology is working.


When it comes to lodging during Core Training, our goal is to provide options that meet or exceed a consistent level of quality at varying and competitive price points. We will list hotel options - selected based on proximity to training, amenities, and quality - that are extending courtesy rates to our training participants.

For hotel lodging, you will book directly with the hotel through the links provided.

Please check back for more information on our recommended hotels for Core Training 2020.

Suggested Packing List

We have assembled a list of items based on previous participant and Training Partner feedback that could help Core Training feel more like a home away from home and make your stay as pleasant as possible.

Attire and Personal Items

  • Casual clothing. You may wish to bring a sweater or sweatshirt for comfort in air-conditioned buildings. Please remember that we require long pants or pants that extend to the ankle and closed toed shoes in the laboratories. Shorts are fine for after class and weekends.   
  • Comfortable walking shoes.

Miscellaneous Items

  • Digital camera, cell phone and/or equipment to download pictures to your laptop (highly recommended)
  • Pens, pencils, erasers, highlighters
  • Spiral notebook or notepad
  • Scientific calculator
  • Personal emergency information (doctor/insurance/emergency contacts)
  • Umbrella


Your tuition fee includes lunch, snacks, and drinks. There will be a variety of healthy snack and drink options available during sessions.When you register, you’ll have the opportunity to let us know about any dietary needs and restrictions. We can meet dietary needs upon request.

Breakfast is included with most suggested hotel options. 

Dinner is not included in the tuition fee. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the area and enjoy local restaurants.

Local Restaurants 

There is a wide variety restaurants within walking distance of University of Minnesota Rochester.  

Chester’s Kitchen & Bar | 13 feet 
111 S Broadway #108, Rochester, MN 55904

The Redwood Room and 300 1st | 0.3 miles
300 1st Ave NW, Rochester, MN 55901

Victoria's Ristorante & Wine Bar | 0.2 miles
7 1st Ave SW, Rochester, MN 55902

The Half Barrel | 0.2 miles
304 1st Ave SW, Rochester, MN 55902

Hefe Rojo | 0.2 miles
216 1st Ave SW, Rochester, MN 55902


As a PLTW Core Training participant, we’re delighted to be able to share discounts with Enterprise/National Rental Cars.

Travel by Car

Training Address: University of Minnesota Rochester 
111 South Broadway, Rochester, MN 55904

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Travel by Air

Rochester International Airport 
Located 8.5 miles from campus

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Ground Transportation Options

Travel While on Campus

The campus is located in downtown Rochester, Minnesota, a very walkable city. Many locations are connected by sky ways and pedestrian subways, and there is shopping and dining within walking distance of campus.  

Local Area

A wide variety of dining options are within walking distance of downtown hotels.  All restaurants are very accommodating to special dietary needs.  Around Rochester there are wonderful walking & biking trails, a park system as well as theatre and fine arts options. Historic Trolley tours of the city are offered daily. Every Thursday in the summer downtown hosts Thursdays on First & Third featuring music, dining, and crafters on First Avenue at the Downtown Peace Plaza. Experience Rochester, is an excellent resource for more information on activities and places of interest around the area. 





CEU and Graduate Credit Info

Earning IACET CEUs Issued by PLTW

PLTW is proud to partner with the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) to award IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Teachers can earn IACET CEUs when they complete Core Training, as well as select other PLTW professional development experiences.

One CEU is equal to 10 contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience that has clear objectives to meet learner needs and assess outcomes. When you successfully complete Core Training, we’ll provide you with a transcript that includes the name of the course, the total number of professional development hours completed, and the total number of CEUs earned. You can view your CEUs at any time by visiting the Professional Development section of myPLTW and clicking on Transcript.

A wide range of organizations – including several states’ departments of education and school districts – recognize IACET CEUs as the official standard for continuing education and training, which allows teachers to use IACET CEUs toward licensure or certification renewal. The IACET website has a list of agencies that accept its accreditation. Teachers must confirm with their school/district administrator, state department of education, or other relevant organization if IACET CEUs qualify as recognized CEUs based on specific state or local requirements.

Getting PLTW PD Approved by Your District

We encourage you to confirm with your school/district administrator that PLTW Core Training qualifies for your training needs and may be included in any local training plan and count toward licensure renewal requirements. Here are some resources you might find useful as you make the case to include PLTW Core Training in your local training plan:
PLTW Core Training Overview  
• Downloadable One-Page PDF about PLTW Core Training 
Frequently Asked Questions about PLTW PD, including more information about IACET CEUs and accessing your transcript

Applying for Graduate Credit

Project Lead The Way partners with multiple postsecondary institutions that offer graduate credit for select PLTW programs and courses. View the current list of postsecondary partners that offer graduate credit here, along with specific application details, cost, and requirements. All graduate credit opportunities are created, managed, and issued by the offering institution. Please contact the offering institution directly if you have any questions about a specific opportunity.

Cancellation Policy​

Participant Cancellations or Substitutions

You can cancel your training registration with no penalty up to 21 days prior to the first scheduled day of training. 

You can make participant substitutions up to the day of the event if participants come prepared with the necessary technology and complete all prerequisite assignments. We may not be able to accommodate requests for housing substitutions. Once training has started, you cannot make substitutions. 

Cancellations made within 21 days of the event incur the full training fee made for Virtual Core Training. If you do not cancel, make a timely substitution, or do not attend, you are responsible for full payment of the training fee. We cannot apply funds paid towards a cancellation or substitution fee to future training events. Payment is required even if you don’t successfully complete training and earn the credential.

PLTW Schedule Changes

To enable you to plan effectively, we strive to avoid cancelling or changing training events after participants have registered. However, from time to time, PLTW may cancel a training event if the experience does not meet our quality standards due to insufficient registrations, equipment availability, or other reasons. PLTW reserves the right to cancel or change a class at any time but will provide at least 21 days’ notice of the cancellation or change, whenever possible. In the event of a cancellation, PLTW will work to promptly accommodate all registered trainees through an alternative training option. PLTW is not responsible for any costs that may be incurred due to the cancellation of a scheduled class such as cancellation penalties for transportation or accommodations.