Children try out crafts at the Greensburg Technology Center stop

Six-year-old Levi DiCola nailed it with a hammer on Wednesday when a construction project began.

“I built a house,” said the Greensburg boy. “It was just a main house, but I didn’t finish it.”

This was because it was time for him to turn to the next stop on the road at the Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center, where he had to fly a forklift in a virtual simulation.

This exercise also ended abruptly, although no real damage was done. “I got him off a cliff,” he said.

Levy was among the 20 participants at the Greensburg Summer Camp at the age of 5-11, who came to watch the road show during his afternoon stop at the city amphitheater of St. Clair Park. The exhibition includes practical activities that provide a taste of some of the various crafts that high school students can perform at the technology center.

The Greensburg Hempfield Area Library sponsors the CWCTC exhibition as part of its beanstack program, which offers prize draws for visitors of all ages who achieve the goals of reading books or participating in activities.

For the camp kids, “It’s a great partnership between three organizations to make something great happen this summer afternoon,” said Jessica Kiefer, chief children’s librarian.

Other road show simulators allow children to try their hand at welding, driving an excavator or working in a paint booth.

Other children from the community also found something to do at the road show.

13-year-old Krisanai Johnson from Greensburg was eagerly trying to test a self-contained breathing apparatus like the ones used when firefighters enter a burning building.

When she grows up, she said, she may want to try out for the fire department’s diving team, helping out at the scene of a water accident. “They are firefighters first, but they are also divers,” she said.

Mallory Denobile, 18, of Hampfield, who completed the CWCTC’s protective services program in 2022, helped children experience what it’s like to watch the world from a firefighter’s air mask.

She learned to use the equipment when she completed the firefighting component of the program, which also introduced students to police and emergency medical care.

Young people in this program attend fire drills at the Westmoreland County Public Safety Training Center near Smithton, according to Alexander Novikoff, assistant director of workforce training at the CWCTC. “They go to the burn alive, dressed in their equipment,” he said.

Novikoff noted that the CWCTC forklift simulator is “something the industry actually uses before putting someone behind the wheel.”

CWCTC high school programs are available to students who attend Greensburg, Salem, Janet City, Janet City, Mount Pleasant, Norwyn, Penn-Trafford, Southmoreland, Yug, Bell Vernon and Fraser. It also offers education for adults and night lessons.

He said the center’s programs use “incredible 21st century technology and no one knows about it because we’re stuck in New Stanton.” So we built something that we could take on the way to schools, parks, libraries, our community – to engage them and show what we have to offer. ”

In addition to Greensburg, the CWCTC Road Show stopped at Yough Middle School and Scottdale Library this month. Places planned later this summer include: Ligonier Valley Library, Aug. 9; Norwin Library, Aug. 10; and the Murrisville Community Library, Aug. 12.

“We have a workforce that is dying for workers,” Novikoff said. “We know we need to start engaging students from an early age.”

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Jeff Himmler is a full-time writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Jeff at 724-836-6622, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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