The Fayette County Career and Technical Institute (CTI) will offer a new adult education course starting this summer that will prepare workers for jobs in the oil and gas industry.

The school is currently accepting enrollment in a downhill pipe welding course that will be offered in the evening beginning in July or August with room for 18 students, said CTI Executive Director Dr. Cynthia Shaw.

“Course completers can work on pipelines serving the oil and gas industry,” said Shaw.

The school’s joint operating committee Monday contracted White Safety Co. LLC, a safety training company in the oil and gas industry, to provide SafeLand training for the program, an industry safety certification, at a rate of $175 per participant.

“We need a certified person to do that. We don’t have that here (at the school),” Shaw said.

The CTI will offer another new program between beginning in April hosted by Westmoreland County Community College.

The Culinary Quick Start Program is a 50-hour course to prepare participants to work in a kitchen, during which they will learn cooking techniques and receive ServSafe certification, said Shaw.

The course, intended to help meet the needs of area eateries, will be taught by CTI instructors, Shaw said.

The course is open to the public and will be offered three times in 2019.

The school approved an agreement Monday with WCCC for the lease of one classroom for the program.

Also Monday, Shaw reported that CTI special needs instructor Justin Grimm was named the 2019 Outstanding CTE Special Needs Teacher of the Year by the Pennsylvania Association of Career and Technical Education Special Populations, an organization of professionals who work with students with special needs in career and technical education throughout the state.

In addition, the school won first place in the stock car division in the 2019 World of Wheels Custom Car Show held in Pittsburgh earlier in February, and third place in the modified stock car division.

In other business, the board:

n Approved the purchase of 20 Dell OptiPlex 3060 computers with monitors for the computer technology program at a cost of $12,857.

n Approved an audit report for the 2017-18 fiscal year as presented by Cypher & Cypher CPA.

n Approved for one advisor and one student to attend the three-day SkillsUSA state competition in Hershey at a cost of $1,477.

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