CWCTC Courses


    As one of the members of the Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center, Norwin is able to offer its students a wide variety of vocational and technical experiences. Students who choose to enroll and are accepted spend one-half of their school day at Norwin, where they take subjects to meet normal academic requirements, and the other half of their day pursuing their specialty at the vo-tech school. These students are preparing for the world of work and/or continued education in technical skills.

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     Auto Collision Technology (Automobile Body)

    Students enrolled in the Auto Collision Technology program are exposed to the latest equipment and develop skills necessary to be an effective auto collision specialist. Students will be knowledgeable in the repair and restoration of body, frame and upholstery of automobiles. Practical work taught in the course will include metal straightening, gas and electric welding, body soldering, spray-painting, electrical systems, and paint matching and polishing.


    Automotive Technology (Automobile Mechanics)

    The auto tech student covers a wide range of repairs that will include the ability to diagnose malfunctions and make the proper repairs. Students will be trained to utilize all the latest diagnostic equipment in the industry. Emphasis is placed on standard shift drive and conventional and front wheel drive theory. Exploration will include a study of electricity. Advanced students will receive instruction in the following areas: air conditioning, wheel alignment, brakes, and steering suspension. Students will develop skills necessary to repair automatic transmissions. Students will also complete the state vehicle safety and emissions inspections. Students will work toward ASE (Automotive Standards of Excellence) and AYES (Automotive Youth Education Systems) certifications.



    Carpentry students develop skills to become effective members of a construction team. The carpentry program consists of practical application in woodworking, tool/machine handling, building layout and framing. Students will also develop skills in roof construction, exterior/interior finish work, stair construction and concrete forms. Students are also exposed to the various inspection and building code requirements.


    Commercial Art & Illustration

    The commercial art students learn to serve the communication media in today’s world: books, posters, packages, displays, and signs. The program consists of practical application as well as basic theory. The practical application consists of drawing, figure construction and anatomy, cartooning, airbrush techniques, layout and graphic design, lettering and typography, mechanical overlays, and portfolio assembly. The theoretical studies include color, layout design and composition, as well as advertising art.


    Computer Aided Drafting Technology

    The program consists of the practical application of drawing instruments, lettering, geometric construction, and three-view drawings. Time is spent developing detailed drawings of objects and elementary machine parts. Advanced work includes developing surfaces and intersections, welding instructional drawings, and detailed working drawings. Students will construct CAM drawings and have the opportunity to make drawings from actual machine parts. Students participating in the program have the opportunity to gain college credit through California University of Pennsylvania or enroll at Westmoreland County Community College with advanced standing.


    Computer & Information Science

    Students enrolled in the Computer & Information Science program will receive an overview of the computer fundamentals. Students will have an extensive study of the software packages available on Microsoft Office 2000 such as: Word, Power Point, Access and Excel. Students will compare and contrast text editors and WYSIWYG editors. Students will explore and become knowledgeable in Visual Basic 6.0, Oracle, SQL and Java Programming.


    Construction Trades Technology (Building Maintenance)

    Students who are interested in developing a wide array of skills and desire many employment opportunities in the construction and maintenance fields will choose the Construction Trades Technology program. Students study the fundamentals of carpentry, electricity, painting and wall coverings, and masonry. Students will develop skills in blueprint reading, tool and material handling, and building code requirements.



    Cosmetology offers students the opportunity to develop skills in haircutting/ styling, permanent waving, color treating, and nail care, makeup and massage treatments. Students will gain skills in haircutting techniques, shampooing, and coloring and also develop techniques in manicures, pedicures, and massages. Exploration will take place in facials and make up application. Emphasis is placed on hair structure, anatomy and sanitation. The goal of the program is for students to gain skill proficiency in preparation for the State Board of Cosmetology exam.


    Culinary Arts

    The Culinary Arts program consists of practical application as well as basic theory. Students will develop skills in hot/cold food preparation, baking, and menu planning in the school’s kitchen. Techniques in cake decorating and other confectionary items will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on safety, nutrition and restaurant operation.


    Electrical Technology Occupations

    Students acquire practical application in the installation and maintenance of programmable controls, residential wiring, electrical circuits and commercial wiring. Students will gain valuable skills when working with transformers, capacitors, resistors, inductors and conduit bending. Proficiency will be developed in blueprint reading and understanding of the National Electrical Code. Upon successful completion of the program students will have obtained one year of coursework necessary for the Associated Builders and Contractors Apprenticeship.


    Electronic Technology

    The program consists of practical application as well as basic theory. The practical application includes direct current circuits, alternating current circuits, solid-state devices, and digital circuitry. Students will become familiar with the microprocessor as a circuit device. Particular attention will be given to troubleshooting and installation of microcomputers, DVD’s, sound systems and other consumer electronic products. Emphasis will be placed on math and physics as they relate to the field. Students in this program may work toward A+ certification. A student in electronics does considerable work in mathematics and science.


    Graphic Arts

    The graphic arts student learns skills used in the modern printing industries. The program consists of an overview of the graphic technology field. Students will explore such areas as: graphic design, art, digital design, photography, pre-press production, offset printing, bindery work, silk screen production, and desktop publishing.


    Health Professionals/Occupations

    Students will gain valuable knowledge in assisting in a doctor’s or dental office. Students will study anatomy, physiology, and develop basic clinical procedures. The program covers first aid, bacteriology, nursing care, medical terminology, diseases, lab procedures and nutrition. Students gain skills in use and safe care of instruments used in variety of health care settings. Students also gain valuable clinical work experience, where they will use skills learned in the classroom at an approved work site. Students who satisfactorily complete the requirements as approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Health will be encouraged to take the certification examination for Nursing Assistant/Certified Health Aide.


    Heating & Air Conditioning

    Students will gain valuable skills in all aspects of the heating and air conditioning industry. Entry-level students will become knowledgeable in electricity beginning with Ohm’s Law, advancing to schematics and circuitry. Emphasis is placed on piping, soldering and brazing. Students will be able to install, diagnose and repair fossil fuel systems and heat pumps. Valuable skills will be developed in blueprint reading, customer service and sheet metal.



    The Horticulture program is an excellent opportunity for students to gain valuable skills to work in a greenhouse environment. Students will explore plant science concepts as they relate to producing crops in a greenhouse or nursery setting. Techniques for creating flower arrangements, corsages designed for use in weddings, parties and other social affairs, will be developed. Students will work in the retail store to develop skills in marketing and retailing. In the outdoor lab, students will become knowledgeable in landscape design, maintenance and installation. Students will become proficient in the use of power tools as well as basic hand tools used in the trade.


    Industrial/Residential Painting, Wall Covering and Design (Painting and Decorating)

    The program consists of practical application as well as basic theory. The practical application includes applying paint to interior and exterior surfaces. Emphasis is placed on proper handling of brushes, rollers, and spray equipment. Students will be taught to hang wall coverings, borders, vinyl fabric, and faux finishing which will enhance the look of interior rooms. Students will gain skills in estimating, measuring and color fundamentals. Time is also allotted for wood finishing and refinishing.


    Machine Trades Technology

    Metal workers use powered machine tools to shape and form many parts which when assembled, produce many of the products that we use. The Machine Trades Technology program is a NIMS (National Institute of Metal-making Skill) certified program that consists of practical application in metal cutting, drilling, milling, turning, grinding, sawing and non-traditional electrical discharge/plunge and wire cutting machines. Students become proficient in the use of rulers, micrometers, dial calipers, optical-comparator CMM (Coordinate Measuring Machine), hardness tester and surface finisher testers. Students will also gain skills in blueprint readings. Interested students may acquire NIMS credentials that are recognized by employers nationwide.



    The program consists of practical application of blueprint reading, and the use of masonry tools & equipment. Students will become proficient in layout design, arches, bonds, corners and ornamentals patterns. Students will gain skills to complete fireplaces, glass block windows, walls and ceramics tile work. Exercises will be repeated in order to develop accuracy, neatness, speed and the necessary experience to analyze and solve problems. Students will also gain knowledge in estimating costs of projects and building code requirements.


    Materials Handling/Distribution Operations

    Students will gain practical application by working in the CWCTC live distribution center. Participants will gain valuable skills in the use of the computer in maintaining an ongoing inventory, receiving and shipping goods, and updating stock cards. Students will also learn the bar coding process for scanning merchandise for inventory control. Professional communication and telephone skills are stressed throughout the program. Students will also learn to properly use and operate an electric forklift, electric pallet lift, and other equipment used by a materials handler. Students will also be knowledgeable in postal regulations, preparing shipments and shipping costs.



    Students in the Plumbing program will have a strong understanding of plumbing fundamentals. Exploration will occur in a hands-on environment on developing skills in sanitary piping systems, venting piping systems, and water supply systems. Students will gain valuable knowledge in job planning, OSHA laws, and trade safety.


    Powerline/TEC 2000+

    By pole climbing, cable installation, and the use of the computer, students will meet today’s technological needs. Students will gain technical skills in installation, trouble shooting and repair of telecommunication equipment of all types, including telephone networks, computer networks, and video systems. Students will gain a fundamental understanding of electricity and electronics. Particular attention will be given to the computer and how it relates to telecommunication. Interested students may acquire industry certifications in networking and fiber optics through C-Tech and Cisco System.


    Protective Services

    The Protective Services program is intended to present a comprehensive public safety education to students interested in pursuing a career or volunteer service in the fire, emergency medical, law enforcement or emergency management services. The primary focus in this program is personal safety and the interrelationship between public safety agencies. Since all areas of public safety must work together, and responsibilities often overlap boundaries, the student will be expected to meet a minimum level of proficiency in all areas of the training program. The program also serves as a springboard into health-care, legal, industrial safety and public administration education careers.


    Welding/Metal Fabrication

    Because of its strength welding is used to construct and repair ships, automobiles, spacecrafts and many other manufactured products. Students will be taught the fundamentals of metal fabrication /welding. Students will learn to join metals by using Electric Arc, Tungsten Arc Welding (TIG), Semiautomatic Gas and Metal Arc Welding (MIG). Students will also acquire skills in Oxy Acetylene Gas Welding. Skills in metal forming, layout and cutting will also be obtained.





    Prerequisite: None

    Credit: 0.5

    Wellness provides students with course credit to meet the Health/Physical Education requirements of their sending school district. Students can enroll in Wellness and earn .5 credits each year. This course uses a blended curriculum based on the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Health, Safety, and Physical Education. Students will engage in both physical activity and health concepts that promote “life-long” wellness. Throughout the course, personal and team fitness activities will be implemented to reinforce health concepts and encourage well-being. Through a broad range of differentiated activities and instruction, students will be given learning opportunities that enrich their personal health. This will include the physical, social, emotional, intellectual, and environmental aspects as related to their personal development. The wellness curriculum is designed to utilize and maximize use of our outdoor facilities. Therefore, students may be required to participate outdoors in moderate inclement weather and should dress appropriately.