His current teaching load is primarily focused on Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Digital Electronics, Principles of Engineering and Engineering Design & Development, all of which are offered through the Project Lead the Way Pre-Engineering Program for transcripted college credit. In addition to the PLTW classes, Mr. Hurd is involved in coordinating and teaching several other Career and Technology electives which are offered for college credit and are aimed at students entering two and four year institutions in a Technology or Engineering related field.
For the past ten years, and presently, Chris Hurd is a Master Teacher for Project Lead the Way on a national level. He is trained to teach Computer Integrated Manufacturing to other educators across the nation who will be offering PLTW’s CIM course in their high schools and colleges. He has participated as a Master Teacher at the Oregon Institute of Technology, the University of South Florida, Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, CalPoly Pomona, University of Kentucky, and the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. As a Master Teacher, Mr. Hurd also plays an integral role in rewriting the curriculum for CIM that is being taught in high schools across the country.
As CTE department leader in Cazenovia, the Technology Department was chosen as "CNY Technology Department of the Year", and he recieved the honor of CNY Teacher of the Year as well in 2010. In 2011, Cazenovia HS was also granted the prestigious "Model School" award as well because of the success of their PLTW Pre-Engineering Program.
Currently, Jim’s educational course load consists of Project Lead the Way’s Introduction to Engineering Design and Computer Integrated Manufacturing, both of which are offered as dual transcripted college credits through Ivy Tech and various other PLTW affiliated universities and post secondary programs across the nation. Jim is certified to teach all of the technology education courses as well as PLTW’s IED, POE, and CIM.
Since 2008, Jim has represented Project Lead the Way as a Master Teacher for the Computer Integrated Manufacturing curriculum on a national level. He is trained to teach and certify other educators across the nation to be able to offer PLTW’s CIM course in their high schools and colleges. He has participated as a Master Teacher at Purdue University, the University of South Carolina, and the University of Kentucky. As a Master Teacher, Mr. Hanson also plays an integral role in rewriting the curriculum and creating activities and resources for the CIM courses currently being taught in high schools and universities across the country.
Jim has received the Wal-Mart teacher of the year in 2004 and the IPL Golden Apple in 2008. He has been selected as a most influential instructor by a top ten student at Warren Central High School in 2005, 2006, and 2007. Jim has helped lead his IED design team to win the state level design contest in 2005 and helped three of his CIM students to be selected to attend, present at and compete at PLTW’s 2009 national symposium in Austin Texas. Mr. Hanson was honored to be selected as Walker Career Center’s teacher of the year for the 2010-2011 school year. Most recently, Jim's CIM program was recognized by the SME Educational Foundation as one of the top manufacturing programs in the nation and selected to be one of their first PRIME schools.