The Fayette County Career and Technical Institute’s (CTI) joint operating committee Monday approved equipment purchases totaling more than $110,000 that will be utilized by students in several of the school’s shops.

The school utilized grants from various foundations and agencies to cover in full or in part the cost of four pieces of equipment that will aid instruction in the manufacturing, electrical, HVAC and automotive programs.

CTI Executive Director Dr. Cynthia Shaw said the school has aggressively sought to secure grants to help offset the cost of upgrading equipment and programs needed to provide better educational experiences and to ultimately improve the workforce community in the county.

The purchases approved Monday included:

n An Amatrol portable PLC troubleshooting learning system from Allegheny Educational Systems Inc. for $11,507. Funded by the Community Foundation of Fayette County’s Chevron Community Fund and the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry’s Apprenticeship Grant Program, the industrial digital computer will be utilized by the manufacturing, electrical and HVAC programs.

n An Amatrol Skill Boss from Allegheny Educational Systems Inc. for $17,051. Funded by a grant from the Eberly Foundation, the machine will help students attain an industry production technician certification and enter entry-level apprenticeship opportunities in industrial manufacturing.

n An Amatrol piping system from Allegheny Educational Systems Inc. for $32,561. Partially funded by an equipment grant from state Department of Education, the equipment with computerized modules will teach pipefitting to HVAC students.

n A hybrid engine performance trainer from Educational Solutions for $49,695. Partially funded by an equipment grant from PDE, the machinery will aid the automotive program in teaching maintenance and light repair skills for both regular cars and hybrid technology.

Turning to other business, the board approved amendments to the S.E.I.U. Local 32BJ contract to cover program assistants, clerical employees and the recruiter position.

According to Shaw, these employees formerly worked under their own compensation plans prior to joining the union. The contract lacked specific language addressing the positions.

The employees received a 2 percent raise for the year.

The contract, which was ratified July 1, 2014, comes to end at the conclusion of the current fiscal year, June 30.

Prior to its voting meeting Monday, the committee reorganized for 2019, electing Laurel Highlands School District director Randy Raymond as president.

Raymond, a new member on the committee, replaced Brownsville Area school director Gary Seelye at the head of the table.

The committee elected Bill Collier of Uniontown Area School District as vice president.

During the reorganization meeting, the committee approved to keep its regular monthly meetings at 6 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month during 2019, with work sessions beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Also Monday, the committee:

n Approved an agreement with the Intermediate Unit 1 for the lease of four classrooms for the 2018-19 school year at a cost of $6,000.

n Accepted the resignation of agriculture instructor Rebecca Sheperd and named Angela Becker a full-time agriculture instructor.

n Moved Amy Dennis from part-time to full-time LPN instructor.

n Approved the hourly rate for financial aid consultant Cheryl Haase-Duncan at $31 an hour.

n Approved an agreement Uniontown Hospital to provide clinical experience to students enrolled in the patient care technician program, and with Mt. Macrina Manor to provide clinical experience to students enrolled in the nurse aide program for adult and secondary students.

n Added Cheryl Petrush (LPN), Jacob Grim (culinary arts) and Staci Brant (all shops) to the substitute list.

n Approved participation in a work-based learning program offered by the Workforce Investment Board through Experience Works Westmoreland Fayette.

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