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
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 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]

  • National Domestic Hotline – (800) 799-7233
  • Crisis Text Line – Text HOME to 741741
  • Safe2Say – https://www.safe2saypa.org/ or 1-844-SAF2SAY (1-844-723-2729)
  • Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline – 1-800-4ACHILD
  • SAMHSA Distress Helpline – 800-985-5990 or text “talk with us” to 66746
  • 211 – National Suicide Hotline
  • Crisis Textline – Text CONNECT to 741741
  • National Alliance of Mental Illness – 1-800-950-6264 (Monday – Friday, 10am to 6pm ET)
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
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