In addition to being a roadmap for T-STEM Academies, the Blueprint contains helpful information for all schools that are trying to increase rigor and college readiness. The Blueprint provides guidance on how to develop partnerships with local businesses and colleges in order to increase students' exposure to college and career rigor. The Blueprint also contains guidelines and examples of Project-Based Learning (PBL), which builds students' problem solving and higher order thinking skills (both of which are necessary for our increasingly competitive global economy).