Tri-County WIB Honors ICTC As Employer Of The Year

Indiana County Technology Center in White Township was recognized by the Tri-County Workforce Development Board as 2023 Employer of the Year for Indiana County.

The honor was given out at the WIB’s monthly meeting at the Belmont Complex near Kittanning. The board recognized an employer from each of its three representing counties (Armstrong, Butler, and Indiana).

ICTC Administrative Director Michael McDermott said this recognition is possible because of the outstanding commitment of the center’s faculty and staff, business and industry partnerships, community involvement, and workforce development initiatives.

He said all that continues to keep ICTC on the cutting edge of opportunities for its student population.

ICTC officials said it was noted that the White Township center is the only institution in western Pennsylvania approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor to offer a welding pre-apprenticeship program.

Also, they said, ICTC continues to expand career and technical experiences for its students by expanding its Electrical Occupations program. They said ICTC is working cooperatively with the Indiana County Development Corporation and Indiana County Commissioners to provide hands-on learning experience within the local community, primarily for the ICTC construction trades cluster programs.

They also said ICTC is expanding its Diversified Occupations program that connects sending school students not enrolled at ICTC to area businesses for workforce experience.

Also noted was the growth and expansion of the ICTC Adult Education programs.

As was pointed out earlier by ICTC Joint Operating Committee member Walter Schroth at the Indiana Area school board meeting, the Practical Nursing program is expanding to include an educational satellite located now in Monroeville, in addition to locations at ICTC itself, Steel Center for Career and Technical Education in Jefferson Hills, also in Allegheny County, and Connellsville.

Center officials said ICTC Adult Education is currently accepting applications for adult learners interested in a 10-month part-time evening program focusing on heating, ventilation and air conditioning industry certification.

Center officials also said that all ICTC programs prepare graduates for employment in fields listed as “today,” “tomorrow” and “future” jobs on the Workforce Information & Analysis Pennsylvania’s In-demand Occupations list.