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ICTC: Modular home building progresses

by TORRI MILLER and CHANEL SHERRY, Gazette Student News Reporters on April 11, 2014 11:00 AM

Earlier in the year, Indiana County Technology Center students from four program areas collaborated to work on a modular home that will be sent to the Westmoreland Community Association for a community member.

The home has progressed since the early stages of the foundation in October 2013. The modular home is expected to be completed toward the end of May. When the project first started, Carpentry, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC), Masonry and Electrical Occupations were all a part of the huge project. Now as it is getting close to completion of the project, only Carpentry is working to finish interior work and preparing to insert all of the insulation and drywall.

[PHOTO:  Indiana County Technology Center students have been hard at work on a modular home, demonstrating skills learned in Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning, Carpentry, Masonry and Electrical Occupations shops. (Torri Miller/Indiana County Technology Center photo)]

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The Westmoreland Community Association purchased all of the material and ICTC donated the labor. Timothy Bash, the carpentry teacher, said he was happy to donate the time to complete this annual project because of all the hands-on experiences the students obtain after the project is finished. He hopes when the modular home is donated, the students will have the option to travel to the modular home’s new location and watch their work settle down for installation. This house is equipped with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, a living room, a dining room and a utility room. ICTC applauds all the students for their hard work and dedication that will later help them in their future roles of career choice.

Student Employment Expo

Students from the Indiana County Technology Center recently participated in a Youth Employment Expo at the Rustic Lodge in White Township. The Youth Employment Expo was hosted by Arc of Indiana County.

The expo was to inform students with disabilities about transition opportunities. The students from ICTC presented information that had to do with their program area. The presenters were Jacob Shank from Welding Technology; Amy Amino from Carpentry; Kim Wheatcroft and Kaitlyn Smith from Culinary Arts; and Macey Bates and Alyssa Kuhner from Digital Media Technology. The students gave information about what career and technical education involved and how it can benefit the students.

Among the other presenters taking part was a representative of law enforcement who was there to inform the students of the dangers of drugs and alcohol on their future. There was a variety of presenters from different industries like automotive, construction and health care.

Students in grades 10 through 12 were present during the different presentations. This event was a good way to show students the advantages in specific industries and the disadvantages of what drugs and alcohol could have on a career, along with potential dangers of using social media improperly.

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