Westmoreland in the News



Derry Area board, coal company reach agreement on mine reclamation project In other business, the board approved the College in the High School agreement with Westmoreland County Community College, enabling students to receive college credit for 14 classes taught at the high school, and approved a revision to the high school program of studies, adding a physical education elective for students interested in obtaining American Red Cross lifeguard certification. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)


Pa. business sector tells GOP committee of worries about minimum wage, taxes, pensions Kristen Ranker wants to expand her business, a convenience store known for its subs and sandwiches, but she said she worries about a minimum wage increase and proposed tax increases, she told state lawmakers Wednesday. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Westmoreland County Community College trustees approve $38M preliminary budget Westmoreland County Community College trustees approved the school's preliminary budget of more than $38 million on Wednesday for the fiscal year that begins July 1. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Duquesne Club leader, WCCC graduate influenced Pittsburgh restaurant scene As a child, Keith Coughenour sat transfixed in front of his family's television when it was time for Graham Kerr's “The Galloping Gourmet” show. (Pittsburgh Tribune Review)

Policy committee to hold hearing on PA’s economy, business climate at WCCC Two state lawmakers will host a hearing on the commonwealth's economy and business climate in conjunction with a statewide jobs tour from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Westmoreland County Community College in Youngwood, Pennsylvania. (Pennsylvania Business Daily)

Student of the Month: Luke Smetak Awards include Certified Metal Cutting Professional (CMP) from Kennametal and a Manufacturing Technology Certificate from Westmoreland County Community College. (The Indiana Gazette)

Reay headed to Golf Nationals Austin Reay finished 5th at the recent NJCAA Region XX Division III Golf Championships which qualified him for  the 2015 NJCAA Division III National Golf Championships at Chautauqua, New York June 1-5. (WCCC Athletics)

Greene County CTC to hold recognition ceremony The Greene County Career and Technology Center will hold a recognition ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Waynesburg Central High School. (Observer-Reporter)

Millennials wanted as Boomers expected to leave a crater in the job market The Pittsburgh area is attracting many highly educated Millennials, but what the region needs are younger people willing to look at manufacturing jobs. (PublicSource)

Flash!: Greensburg College Club banquet; WCCC art exhibit What else has been happening in the area? Check out these snapshots. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

WCCC band, choir honor music director Booker Westmoreland County Community College's Director of Music Rod Booker was honored by the college's Symphonic Band and Community Choir at their recent spring concert on the campus near Youngwood. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Firefighter 5K to fund WCCC scholarship Sections of three streets in Youngwood will be closed May 17 for a walk and run being held in memory of a borough firefighter who died last year. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

College notes: Latrobe grad helps WCCC baseball win tournament title The Westmoreland County Community College baseball team captured its seventh consecutive Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference title Sunday. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Greensburg sculptor finds way to monster career with Syfy opportunity Monsters under the bed were never a concern for Jake Corrick, growing up in Belle Vernon. Corrick accepted a visiting artist position with Westmoreland County Community College, where he mentored art students and served as a judge for the inaugural Head Games competition, a collaboration between WCCC art and robotics students to make realistic creatures with animatronic features. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Community colleges narrow “skills gap” with shale gas training U.S. economists estimate that two million jobs go unfilled each year be­cause employers can’t find enough qualified candidates with the proper training, experience or skills -- a phe­nomenon known as the “skills gap.” (PA Business Central)

Greensburg girl aims to make life a little easier for foster kids A Greensburg girl is doing all she can to make sure area children in a tough situation have some comforting items when they enter foster care. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

UNITED: Robotics Club offers hands-on experience Robotics is a club that has captured the interest of many students at United High School because it challenges them to apply math, science and engineering in the building of an actual robot. (Indiana Gazette)

STUDENT OF THE MONTH: Olivia Clark Senior Olivia Clark has been named the Vocational Student of the Month for May at Ligonier Valley High School. (Indiana Gazette)


WCCC student creates mural for Youngwood campus Westmoreland County Community College student Aaron J. Thompson, of Indiana, created a wall mural as part of an internship for the college’s Computer Resource Center at the Youngwood campus. (Indiana Gazette)

Poth is in his final season as a Jayhawk Shawn Poth, a senior at Jeannette High School, has been an athlete of the week several times in both of his sports — baseball and soccer — and now he's playing in the final games of his varsity career as a Jayhawk. Poth will enter Westmoreland County Community College in the fall. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

College Notes: WCCC player headed to Point Park Westmoreland County Community College sophomore basketball player Devin Larkin will sign a letter-of-intent to play at Point Park. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Snacks N'At: Sun Dawg Cafe, Greensburg features WCCC graduates During the lunch rush, the Sun Dawg Cafe in Greensburg is likely a place where everybody knows your name — or your business. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Indiana: School board OKs enrollment agreements Indiana Area School District students will have more options for accumulating college credits before graduating from high school through agreements approved Monday evening by the school directors. (Indiana Gazette)

GMS holds annual safety and attendance award ceremony at WCCC GMS Mine Repair and Maintenance Inc. held its annual safety and attendance award ceremony Friday, handing the keys to SUVs to two employees for their excellent safety records. (Observer-Reporter)

New Kensington plans to 'party with purpose' Andrew Howard, cofounder of the Better Block revitalization movement, talks to a group of more than 30 people outside Westmoreland County Community College in New Kensington on Friday, April 10, 2015. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

New Kensington downtown revitalization brainstormed Could a craft brewery or art gallery be in New Kensington's future? (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Trio of programs fights drug problem around Western Pennsylvania The Community Health Clinic in New Kensington and Family Services of Western Pennsylvania are sponsoring a forum at Westmoreland County Community College in New Kensington on Tuesday. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

College Notebook: Larkin named to All-American team Westmoreland County Community College sophomore women's basketball player Devon Larkin was recently named to the 2015 NJCAA Division III Honorable Mention All-American Team. Larkin led WCCC to an 18-8 record this season. (Pittsburgh Tribune Review)

Speakers tell their stories at Westmoreland County drug forum A parent combating drug addiction after losing his son and a prevention service director who overcame addiction were among the speakers at a community drug forum on Wednesday. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Connellsville students make the Director's Cut Valerie Knipple, 17, of Acme is in the culinary arts program and plans to pursue a career in that field. She is enrolled at Westmoreland County Community College for the fall. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Students - of all ages - welcomed at her Greensburg cafe Amber Kunselman doesn’t mind when students from nearby Seton Hill University congregate at her shop, The White Rabbit Cafe and Patisserie, in Greensburg. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

WCCC, IUP ink reverse transfer agreement IUP and WCCC have signed a reverse articulation agreement that will allow students to earn an associate degree from WCCC while studying at IUP, the schools announced Tuesday. (Pittsburgh Business Times)


Ringgold's robot battling team not only at play Brandon Werner and Katelynn Hill were freshmen when they joined the BotsIQ Ringgold Rammers during the 2011-12 school year. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Westmoreland County Community College Latrobe campus move delayed Westmoreland County Community College officials are waiting for the weather to break to relocate to the Latrobe Education Center. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Westmoreland County Community College approves 25 percent tuition increase Westmoreland County Community College's board of trustees voted Thursday to increase tuition by $24 per credit for fall, a nearly 25 percent increase. (Pittsburgh Business Times)

Jeannette honors fireman of the year He is a high school graduate who has continued his education taking classes and certifications in the Firefighter-1 course at Westmoreland County Community College Public Safety Training Center and he is certified in vehicle rescue. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Slagle named WCCC outstanding teacher When Randy Slagle first came to Westmoreland County Community College, he thought he would teach criminal justice for a few years at the Youngwood campus. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Criminal Justice Scholarship Dinner at WCCC honors Wecht, others It's got to be rare to be in a room for a happy occasion when that room is filled with police, judges, coroners, FBI officials, forensic pathologists and a prosecutor. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

'Beauty and the Beast' comes to Westmoreland audiences Barbara Ferrier calls herself a cheerleader for Westmoreland County cultural organizations. She is on the board of many of the groups, including the Westmoreland County Cultural Trust. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

Westmoreland college lands Cat Fanciers annual show Cats known around the country in the feline community will be judged at Westmoreland County Community College this weekend. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Cynthia Williamson is an advocate for youth in Jeannette A resident of the Pleasant Park neighborhood, Cynthia Williamson has lived in Jeannette her entire life. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Consol Energy Inc. makes donation to community foundation’s education funds Consol Energy Inc. recently made an $80,000 contribution to the Community Foundation of Greene County Educational Improvement Fund. (Observer-Reporter)

Jefferson-Morgan board approve bond issue for middle-senior high renovation In other business, the board approved the district’s participation in high school early admissions programs offered by both California University and Westmoreland County Community College. (Observer-Reporter)

Cal U inks deal with WCCC California University of Pennsylvania has signed a reverse transfer agreement with Westmoreland County Community College that will allow students previously enrolled at the community college to complete their diploma or associate degree. (Pittsburgh Business Times)

Children can get free dental exams, sealant at Youngwood campus Young patients and a fast-paced workload will provide a challenge to dental hygiene students on the cusp of graduation. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Retired Jeannette officer chooses new career Retired Jeannette Police Sgt. Keith Rosky has embarked on a new career that is about as far from police work as he could get. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)


WCCC women's basketball team captures 3rd straight conference championship Despite entering the season as the defending Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference champions, there were question marks surrounding the Westmoreland County Community College women's basketball team. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Utility companies are putting up the 'Help Wanted' sign. Utilities, preparing for wave of retirements, double down on recruitment Repair techs working on a rural power issue? No. Students from Westmoreland County Community College. And the classroom was the 40-acre Jeannette Service Center facility owned by FirstEnergy, the Akron-based energy giant that operates four utilities in Pennsylvania. (PowerSource)

Westmoreland County Community College Latrobe campus move delayed Westmoreland County Community College officials are waiting for the weather to break to relocate to the Latrobe Education Center. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

ShaleNET and Act 13 funds changing local lives Opportunities have abounded since the natural gas industry moved into northeastern Pennsylvania several years ago. With potential jobs and careers at the forefront of these opportunities, local colleges have often taken the reins in helping people realize them. (The Daily Review)

Cyanotype prints on exhibit at WCCC Artist and educator Susan Wilson of Rockwood, Somerset County, took a fall semester sabbatical from her job as visual arts instructor at Laurel Highlands Middle School to go back to school. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Party raises funds for nursing scholarship in WCCC graduate's name We should all be so blessed as to have friends likeJen Falo, Aimee Shultz, Valerie DeMichele and Joline Keeler. The quartet has been keeping the memory of their late friend, and butterfly lover, Bridget McGrath alive though their Flutter Forever organization. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Jeannette's Morgan a multi-sport athlete taking college courses as a sophomore Jada Morgan, a sophomore at Jeannette High School, has a lot on her plate. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

BotsIQ aims to draw younger workers to skilled labor positions Max Inks says he is doing what he always wanted to do: “design things and build things.” Mr. Inks, 24, produces electrical systems used in 3-D printers made by The ExOne Co. in North Huntingdon. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Flutter Forever Gala to honor late nurse McGrath in style Friends of Bridget McGrath wanted to do something extra to remember her in the fifth year after her death. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Annual Westmoreland County prayer breakfast focuses on education sector Westmoreland County Chamber of Commerce President Chad Amond welcomed guests to the annual area prayer breakfast by noting that “this event has never been stronger,” even though “we live in a world where we feel like faith has sometimes been minimized.” (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)


Westmoreland County Prayer Breakfast The Westmoreland County Chamber of Commerce and Westmoreland County Community College will present the 40th annual Westmoreland County Prayer Breakfast on Friday, Jan. 30 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center, Greensburg. (The Jewish Chronicle)

Jeannette's Crawford twins finding basketball success with WCCC As twin sisters, Brittany and Brianna Crawford have done a lot of things together throughout their entire lives, not the least of which is playing basketball. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Jeannette grad eyeing another conference crown with WCCC women Could it be a repeat? After winning the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference championship last season, the Westmoreland County Community College women's basketball team is in the midst of another impressive campaign. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Why local leaders are encouraged by Obama's free community-college proposal In an effort to expand access to higher education, President Barack Obama announced a proposal Friday that would provide U.S. residents two years of free community college. (Pittsburgh Business Times)

Part 2 of 'Bright Creatures' art exhibit is on display at tapas bar in Greensburg Jeffrey M. Donato started off 2015 by greeting guests at his “Bright Creatures Part II” reception, held Jan. 4 at The Headkeeper Tapas Bar in Greensburg. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

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