Graduate ready to work in family business
Brad Klingensmith, a 2006 graduate of Penn-Trafford High School, has known for a long time that his life's work will be to make an important contribution to his family's business.
The 18-year-old son of Kimberly and Thomas Klingensmith, of Penn Township, has attended Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center in New Stanton for four years to gain hands-on experience in the auto technology field.
The teen plans on using that knowledge to continue working for his father's company, Klingensmith Construction, repairing and maintaining the company's fleet of vehicles and heavy equipment.
"My dad's company does excavation work at construction sites, and I got into auto technology so I could work on all the equipment," Klingensmith said.
For his senior year, he participated in the technology center's work-release program, attending classes at the high school and the career and technology center on Tuesdays. The rest of the week was devoted to working at the construction company.
The teen was named Central Westmoreland's Student of the Month twice during the school year, in September and again in May.
Klingensmith has also taken the tests required for his Pennsylvania state inspection and state emissions licenses.
Those licenses allow him to inspect vehicles and conduct emissions inspections, which are required by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
Klingensmith's hobbies include riding dirt bikes and quads; camping, hunting and fishing.