GCCTC

Observer-Reporter

Greene County Career and Technical Center is offering classes in computer use and culinary arts.

WAYNESBURG – If all goes well with the Greene County Career and Technical Center’s new adult classes, the school will have more offerings this fall.

“The CTC is open for business and ready to serve the community,” CTC Director Mark Krupa said. “We’re ready to train people. We’re ready to train adults. We’re ready to train our kids. We’re ready to train the community for the workforce and we’re going to do it in a fun and creative way.”

Two evening adult classes, computer use for everyday life and culinary arts, begin Tuesday.

In meetings with other area coordinators, adult education coordinator Jennifer Nix said they wanted to begin offering popular adult classes, ones that residents have asked for and that have shown success in other locations.

These first two classes are an effort to reach out the community and gauge interest. The school has been in talks with the Community College of Allegheny County about forming a partnership to offer even more classes this fall, like credit courses for commercial driver’s licensure, certified nursing assistant, welding and ServSafe. They’re also hoping to expand fun, non-credit offerings if all goes well.

“We’ve had a lot of people approach us about CDL and CNA and welding,” Nix said.

Dan Wagner, culinary arts instructor, said his classes are geared for beginners and anyone interested in attending should come eager and hungry. He sees these classes as a way to combat cabin fever.

“You’re sitting in your house right now and you say, ‘Hey, you know what? I gotta do something on a Tuesday night. You know, I might take a class on salmon,’” he said. “We’re going to have a fun time, and it gets somebody out of the house.”

Technology instructor Chris Ralston will lead computer classes, which will build on topics each week, to help people become comfortable using a computer.

Krupa said they’re hoping to meet the needs of the community and area industry to help develop a well-rounded workforce.

“It’s something in the county that’s a missing piece, and I think that a lot of people would like to see the afternoon programs here for adults. Right now, we’re just trying to lay a foundation, but in the future, I think it will be very important for us to have it because we’ll be able to target certain areas and certain needs in the county to train our people here,” Krupa said.

Wagner said he’s been at GCCTC for 28 years and there’s never been a duo like Krupa and Nix that have championed offering programs for adults like this. Many people have asked him for evening cooking classes over the years.

“These are things that we should have been doing years ago. Years ago, we did offer some night classes and things like that. Over the past eight years, it’s just gone to the wayside for some reason,” he said. “I think you’re going to see something take place here at CTC that you haven’t seen in years.”

Both classes are Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 13 through March 27. Culinary classes are $22 per class, and the computer usage for everyday life is a six-week class that is $42 for the entire course.

For more information or to sign up, contact Nix at 724-627-3106 ex. 236 or nixj@greenectc.org.

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