Westmoreland County, PA (May 2021) – Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center (CWCTC), in partnership with the Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Investment Board (WFWIB), recently received a grant award of $15,000 from the Scott Electric Foundation to support their Student Lighting Project.

CWCTC’s Student Lighting Project will commence this June 2021 and will continue through the 2021-2022 school year. CWCTC students will replace classroom and outdoor lighting and install lighting and electrical components in office spaces through paid work experience in the Experience Works! program provided by the Private Industry Council of Westmoreland/Fayette, Inc., another WFWIB funded program.

Through working with electrical components, this project will provide CWCTC students with practical application of the skills that they are learning the classroom and the opportunity to build soft skills such as teamwork, problem solving, and time management. Additionally, this project will allow students to receive additional practice in reading blueprints, determining a work plan, ordering materials, and installing wire, lights, and various components. Students will be supervised by CWCTC instructors and maintenance staff who will offer constructive feedback and professional development.

“By learning beyond the classroom, these students will be well prepared for their future in the workforce, in an apprenticeship, or in post-secondary education,” shared CWCTC’s Adult Education Coordinator Michelle DeLuca.

In addition to providing valuable work experience to CWCTC students, funding for the Student Lighting Project will purchase new equipment and tools for the CWCTC Electrical Technology Program. The Electrical Technology Program is open to all interested students grades 9-12 attending CWCTC and consists of four main components: Theory of Electricity, Residential Wiring, Commercial Wiring, and Industrial Wiring.

The Student Lighting Project will directly incorporate elements of Commercial Wiring for participating students. In addition to electrical practices for school buildings, students will be able to extend their knowledge to other commercial entities including restaurants, public buildings, malls, hospitals, and more.

Contact: Janet Ward, Executive Director | 724-755-2145


About the Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Investment Board
The Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Investment Board (WFWIB) is a non-profit entity consisting of appointees from the business, education, and labor sectors of Westmoreland-Fayette counties. The board is empowered to lead workforce development activities in Fayette and Westmoreland counties. The WFWIB is funded by the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA), which provides funding to federal workforce programs and local Workforce Development Boards. The WFWIB oversees the three PA CareerLink® centers that are located in Westmoreland and Fayette county: PA CareerLink® Westmoreland County at Youngwood, PA CareerLink® Fayette County, and PA CareerLink® Alle-Kiski. For more information about the Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Investment Board, please visit www.WestFayWIB.org.


About Central Westmoreland Career & Technology Center
Central Westmoreland Career & Technology Center (CWCTC) provides career and technical training in twenty-two programs for high school students from Belle Vernon, Frazier, Greensburg Salem, Hempfield Area, Jeannette City, Mt. Pleasant, Norwin, Penn-Trafford, Southmoreland and Yough.  Along with learning valuable technical skills, CWCTC students are able to earn industry credentials in their program of study.  Local employers provide CWCTC students with work-based learning opportunities such as job shadowing, internship and cooperative education.  Adult Programs offered include CDL Training, PennDOT State Safety and Emissions Inspection, NTMA Machinist Apprentice Program, ServSafe and short term training in various programs.  For additional information about Central Westmoreland Career & Technology Center, please visit www.cwctc.org.