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Parkway West CTC

Selecting a Career Major at Parkway West Career and Technology Center:



Enrolled students may be eligible to earn articulated college credit from the following post-secondary institutes:


Belmont Technical College                                    Pennsylvania College of Technology

Butler County Community College (BC3)                 Pittsburgh Culinary Arts Institute           

Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)      Pittsburgh Technical Institute (PTI)  

Empire Education Group                                        Rosedale Technical Institute                       

ITT Technical Institute                                          Triangle Tech, Inc.

New Castle School of Trades                                  University of Northwest Ohio


Scholarships from the above, other post-secondary institutes, and from industry may also be available.                                

Academics Available:


Social Studies

Algebra II, Geometry

Physics and Physics as it pertains to a student’s occupational study



Auto Body Repair is certified by the National Automotive Technician’s Education Foundation (NATEF) and provides instruction in the most current techniques for repair and replacement of damaged automobile parts.  Learn to repair collision damage and to replace quarter panels, door skins, and fenders.  Curriculum also includes painting, MIG welding, collision repair, frame straightening, and damage analysis.  Gain experience in custom painting, mixing and tinting paint, computerized estimating, and detailing.  Practical experience is also provided through a full-service auto body repair shop.  Students will have the opportunity to earn PPG Blue Level Paint and I-Car MIG Welding certifications and be eligible to earn I-Car Points. 



Automotive Technology is certified by the National Automotive Technician’s Education Foundation (NATEF) and affiliated with all of the major automotive manufacturers through Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES). Students prepare to take the Pennsylvania State Inspection License examination.  Learn basic vehicle maintenance, repair, and replacement of drive trains, brake systems, chassis components, and fuel and electrical systems.  Special emphasis is placed on troubleshooting and engine performance via the use of state-of-the-art electronic diagnostic equipment.  Practical experience is also provided through Parkway’s repair shop.  Qualify to become an apprentice working under mentor technicians.  You will be given the opportunity to earn Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES), National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), and Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair (CCAR) certifications. 



First-year students spend nine weeks in each of the following four courses offered in the Construction Technology Cluster: Carpentry, Electrical Construction and Maintenance, Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration, and Masonry.  Upon successfully completing the rotation, second-year students may choose to pursue certification in one of the following areas:



Carpentry provides students with instruction in hand and power tools, site preparation, framing of windows and doors, drywall installation, stair construction, roof covering, vinyl siding, blueprint reading, and footings/foundations formation.  Construct multi-purpose sheds, yard barns, and playhouses as learning activities in the Carpentry program.  Students will be given the opportunity to earn a 10-hour Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Construction card.   



Electrical Construction and Maintenance offers instruction in the layout, assembly, installation, maintenance, and trouble-shooting of electrical systems found in residential, commercial, and light industrial locations.  Adherence to the National Electric Code is emphasized throughout this course as well as trade safety procedures.  Classroom instruction also includes basic electrical theory.  Students will be given the opportunity to earn a 10-hour Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Construction card. 



Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning, and Refrigeration, which has been newly renovated with state-of-the-industry equipment, gives instruction in basic and advanced electrical theory, troubleshooting and repair of residential and commercial heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems.  Students will be given the opportunity to earn a 10-hour Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Construction card.



Masonry offers instruction in the construction of brick and block walls for residential or commercial structures.  Learn techniques of ornamental masonry, ceramic tile, and natural or cultured stone installations.  New to the program, students will also be introduced to versa-lok, an interlocking drywall system. Students will be given the opportunity to earn a 10-hour Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Construction card and may have a greater opportunity to join the Masonry Union (BAC) after graduation.     



Cosmetology prepares students to perform technical services including all aspects of hair, skin/nail beautification, and personal maintenance.  These skills are supported and reinforced with theoretical background including sanitation, chemistry, anatomy, and physiology, as well as, structure, function, and disorders of the hair, skin, nails, and scalp.  Cosmetology develops a well-rounded professional, who practices real-life industry work experiences in Parkway’s public salon.  Utilizing an integrated approach to teaching and learning, students will acquire interpersonal relations, a professional attitude, and career fundamentals along with technical knowledge and skills.  The learned techniques and abilities obtained in the program are practiced and tested on mannequins, classmates, and the general public.  Upon completion of the 1,250-hour state regulated course requirement, the students become eligible to take the state-licensing exam.  After successfully passing both the theory and practical portions of the exam, the students will become licensed cosmetologists, ready to enter industry or continue on to further their education.  In addition, students will have the opportunity to earn a manicure’s license and CPR certification.  



Culinary Arts provides practical instruction in the preparation of banquet, buffet, and a la carte styles of food preparation.  Practical experience is provided through the operation and management of our in-house, full-service restaurant.  Operate beyond the restaurant environment to provide goods and services for Parkway’s food store where pastries and select meats are sold.  Design a cake, ice sculpt, and prepare several different types of cuisine.  First-year students will spend one school year in Culinary Arts Level I.  Second and third-year students will advance into Culinary Arts Levels II and III.  Senior students who have at least completed two-years of Culinary Arts will have the opportunity to earn the National Restaurant Association’s ServSafe certification.



Drafting and Design provides instruction in the basic techniques necessary to prepare detailed drawings for projects in the mechanical, architectural, structural, piping, mapping, and electrical fields.  Learn traditional drafting procedures utilizing standard drawing methods and advance to the application of AutoCAD and other Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) programs.  Get to know the proper care and use of the tools and equipment of the trade such as scales, templates, compasses, technical pens, reproduction equipment, personal computers, plotters, and printers.  Students may be eligible to participate in California University’s ‘Cal U in the High School’ program and earn up to 6 college credits.



Health Assistant teaches anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology.  Special attention is given to medical office examinations, treatment, and patient care.  There are a variety and many different levels of healthcare career options.  Due to this, students in this program participate in a wide-range of real world clinical and job shadow experiences at many different local healthcare providers such as hospitals, doctor’s offices, and other medically related facilities.  Clinical experiences may include: childcare, long-term care, emergency nursing, recovery room nursing, radiology, physical/occupational therapy, and/or lab technician.  Prepare for the Pennsylvania State Nurse Aid Registry and Home Health Aide Certification exams.  Students will have the opportunity to complete the American Heart Association “CPR for Health Care Providers” course.



First-year students spend four and a half weeks in each of the four courses offered in the Information Technology Cluster: Business Technology, Computer Technology, Digital Multimedia Technology, and Information Technology Essentials.  Upon successfully completing the rotation, students may choose to pursue certification in one of the following areas:



Business Technology offers all that is needed to acquire office and business credentials. Develop solutions to everyday business problems and complete projects using Microsoft Office software applications. Simulate the working world as closely as possible by creating an entrepreneurial business, creating professional business cards for a program client, and implementing marketing skills by organizing a trade show, creating an E-Commerce web site using Dreamweaver, and presenting a sales conference utilizing event planning skills.  Parkway West CTC is a registered testing center and students can maximize their employment and post-secondary opportunities by earning Microsoft Certified Application Specialist (MCAS) certifications. 


Computer Technology provides instruction in areas of information processing, which includes: computer programming (Visual Basic, C++ and other current programming software), configuration and administration of Microsoft networks, web design, and web page creation using Macromedia (Flash, Dreamweaver, and Fireworks).  The professional software used in this program is recognized by leaders in the software industry.  Projects in this program may include keeping track of a fantasy football team, the development of PDA applications, and establishing a new ap for cell phone use.  Students will also have the opportunity to earn several Microsoft certifications. 



Digital Multimedia Technology provides instruction in basic graphic design using computers and design software such as Illustrator, Acrobat, Photoshop, InDesign, and Dreamweaver.  Graphic animation utilizing Flash is also an integral component of this program.  Digital Multimedia gives entry-level skills for desktop publishing, web design, and image management as well as exposure to digital photography techniques. The goal is to prepare students using various software applications in the design, editing, and publishing of documents, image graphics, and multimedia in print and electronic form.  From designing a poster to developing a website, students will learn various creative methods where they will print their imagination for all to view.  Students will have the opportunity to earn the Adobe Certified Associate (Entry Level) Certification in Visual Communication and the Adobe Certified Associate in Web Communication via Certiport.   



Information Technology Essentials prepares students for entry-level positions within the information technology field.  Beginning with Cisco IT Essentials, PC hardware, software, and network operating systems is introduced.  Prepare for CompTIA A+ and CompTIA Server+ certifications.  Then, take part in Cisco CCNA Discovery course.  Through this course, students will learn networking concepts based on typical networks that one might encounter in a home or small office to more complex enterprise models. Finally, prepare for the Cisco CCENT™ and Cisco CCNA®.  Those who are fascinated by computers and want to be a part of an industry that never stands still should enroll in this course.    



Public Safety Technology is a comprehensive program focusing careers relating to emergency medical services, firefighting, law enforcement, and emergency management services.  For successful completion of the program, students will be required to meet minimum proficiency levels in all areas public safety areas.  Instruction is provided in disaster situations/management, hazardous materials handling, pre-hospital medical care, map reading, firefighting, the judicial system, and emergency dispatching.  Students will have the opportunity to earn the following certifications: Emergency Medical Technician- Basic (EMT-B), Basic Vehicle Rescue (BVR), Emergency Vehicle Operators Course (EVOC), Hazardous Materials Recognition and Identification (Haz-Mat R&I), and multiple Federal Emergency Management Agency certifications. 



Welding Technology covers several types of welding processes in which the welded materials may be bent, cut, or welded together.  These processes include oxy-fuel, shielded metal arc, gas metal arc, gas tungsten arc, flux core welding, carbon arc, plasma cutting, and oxy-fuel brazing.  Discover the importance of industry safety, measuring instruments, hand tools, grinders, metallurgy, blueprint reading, electrical principles, layout/design, and fabrication.  Learn to prepare a material list to perform cost estimating when performing a job.  Students will have the opportunity to earn American Welding Society (AWS) certification.