Student Services

CWCTC furthers the assistance of learning to other programs as well, to make sure that every student feels heard and supported. Special Education Services Program aid students with disabilities that come from all walks of life. 

Special Education services are provided at Central Westmoreland CTC by five certificated Special Education Learning Facilitators. These Facilitators provide “push-in” services to CTE programs to provide both technical and academic support to student with disabilities as well as enhance the delivery of numeracy and literacy strategies. They support the instructors by helping them to understand and implement the IEP. Facilitators will also be available to provide “pull-out” services that are available and given in the Learning Resource Room (LRC) to assist students with their assigned technical content in addition to the core academic subjects as it relates to their technical program. Paraprofessionals within the CTE programs will augment this process to reinforce content area academic and technical skills.

Special Education Instructors

Gongaware, Barb  – Special Education
Phone extension: 1355
Email: [email protected]

DeMaria, John – Special Education
Phone extension: 1396
Email: [email protected]

Diehl, Gordon – Special Education
Phone extension: 1318
Email: [email protected]

Long, Mark – Special Education
Phone extension: 1385
Email: [email protected]

Saunders, Steven – Special Education // TLC Coordinator
Phone extension: 1354
Email: [email protected]

Special Education Learning Facilitators will utilize Waypoint Testing to assess the interests, skills and abilities of prospective students prior to enrollment to help provide the best and most appropriate placement into a CTE program. Upon enrollment, our facilitators play an active role in the IEP team by: monitoring and documenting their progress here at the CTC; attending IEP Meetings at the sending district or hosting them here at the CTC; and providing the case manager(s) with Special Needs Progress Reports at the mid-point of each marking period and communicating with them when there are problems.

The Transitions for Life and Careers program at Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center provides students who have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) with more options in the area of Career and Technical Education (CTE). The TLC program will team with the programs in the Construction Pathways to increase the CTE opportunities for students with disabilities. Pupils can be enrolled in the TLC program for three to five years. During that time, they will participate in at least three programs. Students will also take part in soft skills training where they will we will introduce and refine abilities that can increase their employment opportunities. Instruction in program areas is delivered with the intent of achieving a level of competency allowing for successful competitive employment. This is accomplished by involving “live-work experiences” to provide the students construction related training that simulates situations found in the real world work environment. Instructors will assist students in accessing services that facilitate transition to Post-Secondary life. Students who excel in this program may participate in a co-operative experience during their final year. During this process, they will engage in a job experience in the industry of their choice.

1. Student/Parent/Guardian contacts sending schools’ special education representative
2. Special Education representative contacts CWCTC.
3. TLC Coordinator contacts student’s parents/guardians to discuss TLC.
4. TLC Program Coordinator reviews three most recent IEP’s and RR to ensure that student meets pre-requisites.
5. Student is administered an Aptitude Testing.
6. Student and parents participate in a tour of CWCTC facilities.
7. Student/Family completes CWCTC TLC application.
8. Student participates in exploratory for half day.
9. IEP Team convened to make revisions to the IEP.
10. 10/20/35 -day review of progress.

Students that are enrolled in the TLC Program at CWCTC will report to the TLC classroom upon arrival. There they will meet with the TLC Coordinator who will assist them in preparing for the day. Everyone will then participate in at least thirty minutes of Professional Skills Training (soft skills). TLC will utilize James Stanfield’s School to Work Skills Curriculum. Subsequently, students will take part in one of the programs in the Construction Pathway with their peers.

The Student Assistance Program helps students overcome barriers to learning so that they achieve, remain in school, and advance. S.A.P. is an intervention program, not a treatment program, that integrates a process of information gathering, and referral through a core team. Confidentiality between all parties involved in the S.A.P. process shall be respected and maintained in the best interest of the student and in accordance with all State and Federal laws protecting the privacy rights of parents and students.
“It takes time to know children; it takes time to work with them…it takes time to think, to read, to visit, to discuss, to seek, to grow, and to continue to grow.”
– Vincent R. Rogers

Team Members

Rich Baur – [email protected]
Beth Butala – [email protected]
Mikki Crist – [email protected]
John Demaria – [email protected]
Jay Elder – [email protected]
Meribeth Elder – [email protected]
Chelsea Herrle – [email protected]
Darius Kovacina – [email protected]
Mark Long – [email protected]
Darlene Patrick – [email protected]
Felecia Watt – [email protected]
Cindy Woodward – [email protected]

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