Connellsville Career and Technical Center students donate TVs to Connellsville Area Community Ministries
The electronics technology students of Connellsville Area Career and Technical Center have completed a project that will benefit clients of Connellsville Area Community Ministries.
They repaired and refurbished televisions that can now be given or sold at CACM.
“The TVs provided by CACTC will benefit the ministry and the clients we serve. The proceeds from the sale of these TVs in the Care & Share Boutique will provide resources for the ministry to help our clients who find themselves in crisis situations. The work of the students is appreciated and I thank John Hamman for initiating this,” said Chip Rowan, executive director of CACM.
Rowan explained the many services of the Connellsville Area Community Ministries to the students.
Rowan said the televisions should at community ministries will help those in need, possibly someone who needs help with utilities, or someone who has experienced a disaster and may need furniture and a television.
Shelly Auer, assistant director at Connellsville Area Community Ministries said the organizations does not accept televisions from the general public. “So we are grateful for these TVs. We can be confident that if someone receives one or purchases one they will work. We will display signs that tell people that these TVs have been refurbished by the CACTC Electronics Technology program.,” Auer said.
“The project was fun and interesting,” said junior Tyrone Brown.
“It was a great learning experience,” added junior Michael Urbin.
“I think it is a very good thing for the community that we can send these TVs out to benefit those in need. It took a few weeks of work, depending on how they came in, mostly we need to open them up and look at the boards inside to see if we have to change parts out or fix them. Some are working alright when we get them and we just have to clean them up. We also have done work on monitors for computers, radios, ipod screens, soldering and parts. We built a tesla coil and we are building two more that can actually play music. We do a lot of neat stuff,” said junior Josh Wiltrout.
“It was fun and it's for a good cause,” said junior Gage Gainey
Hamman, class instructor, said the school is trying to supply the area with electronics educated students.
“Everything you touch these days is electronics, so they have a great future. We have sophomores through seniors and we're looking forward to adding more students next year. We want to see the program grow. We are looking forward to that. College is becoming too hard for the average person to afford. Our program here is affordable because it's free. The students who successfully complete this course and become certified receive nine college credits from Westmoreland County Community College. Repair and refurbishing TVs is not the main purpose of the class. We do them because a lot are brought in,” Hamman said.
“As we do not normally take televisions as donations because we can't guarantee them, this speaks to the confidence we have in this program and these young men. We know we are getting quality electronics. We greatly appreciate the time they have dedicated and their generosity in this donation. We look forward to working with John Hamman and his students in the future,” said Auer.
Auer said a TV is important to many clients. For some, it's a companion. The TV is often their connection to current events.
“You all may take having a TV for granted, but if someone has lost everything in a fire, Community Ministries may be able to help them with furniture and a TV we have provided. The CACM does a lot of good work like that for those needy,” said Hamman.
Cody Swink is a senior. He has helped his fellow students in the project.
“I have been able to show the juniors some of what I have learned. Mr. Hamman is a great instructor. He has taught me a lot about sound and equipment,” Swink would like to be a sound technician at Consol Energy Center or somewhere like that when he graduates. If not that he would like to work for the government with the military.
“I encourage parents who have questions about the course, what is offered, and how this whole thing works to call me at 724-626-0236, ext.. 2111,” said Hamman.
Nancy Henry is a contributing writer.
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