Tourist bureau donates to Challenger program
The Indiana County Tourist Bureau recently voted to assist in the funding campaign for the Central Allegheny Challenger Learning Center.
The board committed $30,000 to assist in obtaining a simulator needed to establish the center, which will offer space and science education in replicas of NASA Mission Control and International Space Station labs to be built at Indiana County Technology Center.
Without the required simulator, the project would be placed on hold. The bureau will help with funding because “this project is directly and substantially related to tourism within the county, and will improve and expand the county as a destination market,” according to a statement.
PHOTO: Announcing a donation to the Central Allegheny Challenger Learning Center on Monday were, seated from left, ICTB board member Patricia Evanko, of the Indiana County Commissioners; board member Joy Fairbanks; ICTB Vice President Sandy Trimble; Carol J. Fry, executive director of the Indiana County Technology Center; and standing, from left, ICTB members Linda Maguire; Treasurer Jacquie Hathaway; Vicki Smith, of the Homer-Center school board; and Julia Trimarchi Cuccaro of the Indiana Area school board, both representing the Challenger Learning Center ad-hoc committee; Gregg Van Horn, ICTB president; Denise Liggett, ICTB executive director; Robin Gorman, executive assistant to the president of Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Jody Toldi, ICTB office coordinator; and Laura Herrington, ICTB financial assistant/marketing coordinator. (Tom Peel/Gazette photo)