PIC Uses Technology to Increase Business Services

Speeding into Kindergarten

The Fayette County Head Start / Early Head Start hosted a drive through school supply event for the children headed to Kindergarten.  Click on the link to see the pictures and read about the event! Speeding into Kindergarten

Health Fairs in Fayette

The Head Start/Early Head Start of Fayette County recently held a couple of health fairs.  Click on the link for the fun details!    Health Fair Article

New School Year, New Technologies

School will begin soon, and PIC is ready with new technologies to improve the quality of life and learning for the Early Childhood programs.  Click the link the to find out more!  New School Year New Technologies

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Head Start / Early Head Start FAQs The Private Industry Council discusses frequently asked questions for Head Start and Early Head Start students. Private Industry Council operates the Head Start / Early Head Start program for Beaver and Fayette Counties in the...

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The Private Industry Council of Westmoreland/Fayette, Inc. (PIC) has always embraced the use of technology to help support its mission. Some examples include Smartboards and Touch TVs to provide interactive learning for early childhood students, tablet computers with educational activities that monitor learning progress and VPN technology that allows linking our offices in Westmoreland, Fayette and Beaver Counties for network resource sharing.

One of the most recent technologies adopted by PIC is a video conferencing solution called Zoom. Zoom is a cloud-based technology similar to SKYPE that offers a variety of tools that can help increase productivity, increase participation and lower travel costs for the organization. Zoom allows staff and customers from different locations to participate in meetings, one-on-one counseling and training opportunities without having to be physically present.

Utilizing this technology, PIC has offered the following workforce trainings:  Child Development Associate [CDA] credentialing course, National Family Development Credential, Behavioral workshops, Bridging Life with Work, training for the Gas and Oil Industry, OSHA job safety training, Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Training and informational workshops dealing with opioid awareness.

PIC currently has meeting rooms setup with dedicated equipment for Zoom at several of its locations: Corporate Headquarters in Greensburg, PA; PIC Lemont Furnace, PA; and PIC Beaver Valley Mall Monaca, PA. There are also portable systems containing everything needed to setup a meeting at any location that does not have dedicated equipment. We have just begun to scratch the surface of how Zoom will benefit PIC and its programs. We see the future use of Zoom continuing to grow and become more useful as a tool that will help PIC in its mission.

For more information about Zoom visit their website at https://zoom.us/