Children rehearse the crafts during the Greensburg Technology Center road show stop

Six-year-old Levi DiCola on Wednesday put hammer on nail as he began a construction project.

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

This was because it was time for him to shoot at the next station of the Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center Road Show, where he was able to fly a forklift truck in a virtual simulation.

That exercise also ended abruptly, although no actual damage was done. “I drove it off a cliff,” he said.

Levi was among 20 Greensburg Recreational Summer Camp attendees aged 5 to 11 who came to check out the road show during his afternoon stop at the city’s St. Clair Park amphitheater. The exhibit features hands-on activities that provide a taste of some of the various trades high school students can perform at the technology center.

The Greensburg Hempfield Area Library sponsored the CWCTC exhibit as part of its bean program that offers prize draws for customers of all ages who meet goals for reading books or participating in activities.

For the camp kids, “It’s a great collaboration between three entities to make something interesting happen on a summer afternoon,” said Jessica Kiefer, head librarian for children.

Other road show simulators allowed children to try their hand at welding, running an excavator, or running a spray booth.

Other children in the community also found plenty to do at the road show.

Chrisanay Johnson, 13, of Greensburg was looking forward to trying a self-contained breathing apparatus like those used when firefighters enter a burning building.

When he’s older, he indicated, he might want to try out for a firefighter dive team, helping at the scene of a water emergency. “They are firefighters first, but they are also divers,” she said.

Mallory DeNobile, 18, of Hempfield, a 2022 graduate of the CWCTC Protective Services Program, has helped children experience what it’s like to see the world from inside a firefighter’s air mask.

He learned how to use the equipment when he completed the fire-fighting component of the program, which also introduces students to police and emergency medical work.

According to Alexander Novickoff, deputy director of workforce education at the CWCTC, young people in that program participate in a fire drill at the Westmoreland County Community College Public Safety Training Center near Smithton. “They go to a live burn wearing their gear,” he told him.

Novickoff noted that CWCTC’s forklift simulator is “something the industry actually uses before putting anyone behind the wheel.”

CWCTC high school programs are available to students attending the Greensburg Salem, Hempfield Area, Jeannette City, Mt. Pleasant Area, Norwin, Penn-Trafford, Southmoreland, Yough, Belle Vernon Area, and Frazier districts. It also offers adult education and evening classes.

He said the center’s programs employ “the incredible technology of the 21st century, and nobody knows why we’re hiding in New Stanton. So, we built something that we could take to schools, parks, libraries, our community, to engage them and show what we have to offer. “

In addition to Greensburg, the CWCTC Road Show made stops at Yough Middle School and Scottdale Library this month. Places scheduled for later summer include: Ligonier Valley Library, August 9; Norwin Library, 10 August; and Murrysville Community Library, Aug.12.

“We have a workforce that is dying for the workers,” Novickoff said. “We know we need to start engaging students at a young age.”

Visit cwctc.org for more information on the technology center and its programs. Log on to ghal.org to learn more about Greensburg Hempfield Area Library offerings.

Jeff Himler is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jeff at 724-836-6622, [email protected], or via Twitter .

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