Union Induction Provides Work Right After Graduation

6-8-17 Masonry FeatureThere is a high demand for skilled construction and manufacturing workers in the Central PA region, and where the masonry trade is concerned, the Bricklayers and Allied Craftsman Local 5 Union is where companies obtain a steady flow of trained bricklayers. A mason that is part of this union is essentially guaranteed job security—and three students in Scott Weber’s Masonry program have passed the entrance exam with flying colors.

Gabriel, a Red Land student; Anthony, a student at East Pennsboro; and Bruce from Susquenita all earned first and second place on the union’s entrance mathematics exam. Anthony, who scored first, is also a cooperative education student working at Stephen F. Peters, Inc. in Newport, PA.

“Everyone goes through a certified mason’s training program, which is about 144 hours over three years,” said Gabriel. “They train you to be skilled masons.”

This training is a state-recognized certification program that teaches everything from job supervision to glass block laying to material safety data sheets; apprentices emerge from this training as certified masons.

There is a shortage of skilled construction workers in Central PA, which includes a need for quality bricklayers, and contracting companies are hurting for qualified employees. “Getting students into the union is something that I think will help,” Mr. Weber said. “These local companies know they have a fresh supply of new, young workers they can draw from the union, and right now the industry is hurting for good, trained workers.

As for Gabriel, his prospects are looking up now that he has gained this opportunity. Not only is he guaranteed steady work, but he has access to great training programs through the International Masonry Institute (which is opening a new location in Harrisburg in the near future).

“I think being at Cumberland Perry gave me an advantage on life, really!” said Gabriel. “It gives you the skills and tools you need to get out there and start working, and I think this apprenticeship will only further that.”




Instructor Salute: Guy Freeman, Instructional Assistant

6-1-17 Freeman RetirementIt takes a lot of hard work to teach the next generation and prepare them for the future, and to that end our instructional assistants at CPAVTS are just as key to our students’ education as the instructors themselves. Guy Freeman has been a valued member of the CPAVTS family; before his retirement, he shared with us some highlights of his time here:


How many years have you worked at CPAVTS?   

“Eleven years.”


How has teaching influenced your life?

“Teaching has helped me gain a broader perspective into the lives of young people and an appreciation for the efforts made by all the teachers to do their best for their students.”


What is the one thing you hope to have imparted on your students over the years?

"I would hope to have given students an appreciation and love of learning, allowing them to better engage the world."


What is the one memory or moment that stands out the most to you from your time working at Cumberland Perry?

"It’s very difficult to pick out one memory from so many good ones… I think I have a general and sustained positive impression of the school-- of the students, the teachers, and the administration. That has grown over time."


What is your favorite memory from working at CPAVTS?

"Again, there are some specific stories but my overall memories are woven into my daily experiences and are connected to the time I have spent with Mr. Knouse, Mr. Anderson, Mr. Snider, and Mr. Weber. I’m very fortunate to have worked with such fantastic people, for whom I have the greatest respect and admiration."


What do you plan to do in your retirement?

"My plans include continuing with my photography practice (I have a major exhibit coming up in the fall of 2018), creating and teaching more classes in photography in Carlisle and Harrisburg, writing, and traveling."


Mr. Freeman’s absence will definitely be noted beginning next school year, but we at CPAVTS wish him a happy retirement!



Instructor Salute: Bill Page, Criminal Justice Instructor

6-1-17 Page Retirement

Bill Page has been the Criminal Justice instructor at Cumberland Perry AVTS for the past 25 years. In that time, he has impacted the lives of hundreds of students and seen the school change with the fluctuations of local industries. Before leaving for his much-deserved retirement, he provided us with some insight into his time working here:


How many years have you worked at CPAVTS?

“I started working here, in September 1992. I was a substitute for the Law Enforcement class and the school’s First Aid Person. I was hired to teach in October 1992.”


How has teaching impacted your life?

“It changed my life. Seeing this world from a younger person’s point of view gave me a more balanced perspective on the world. By teaching, I learned more on the different aspects of Criminal Justice and increased the information I could teach. It kept growing and changing. The more I taught, the more I learned. I developed many positive relationships with students. They made me a part of their adult lives by informing me of weddings, births of children, etcetera, as well as keeping me updated with their career information. Many stay in touch through Facebook. It’s been very rewarding to see their continued successes professionally and personally.”


What is the one thing that you hope you have imparted on your students the most over the years?

“An understanding that you can accomplish more than you think you can. Be honest and have a good work ethic, and you will always have a job. Get as much education as you can afford, and if your job offers courses; take them. Keep a current resume ready, for the next opportunity is just around the corner.”


What is the one memory or moment that stands out the most to you from your time working at Cumberland Perry?

“I have a couple:

I met some of the teachers my first few days here. A couple of the older teachers (they were the original staff) informed me they didn’t need to know my name until I lasted a year. They became great mentors and friends.

The happiness I felt when my students began getting jobs in Criminal Justice. After a couple years, I feared I hadn’t taught them anything. Then they began to get hired. Over the years so many have enlisted in the service, have gone to college, have joined the work force… including many in criminal justice. CPAVTS was the starting place for their careers, and I had a small part in helping them reach their goals.”


What is your favorite memory from working at CPAVTS?

“The overall experience of meeting and working with so many nice people. Each instructor is an expert in their field. Each person was helpful by sharing lesson plans, sharing equipment and sharing information. It takes all the parts, working together, to make a machine work properly…and that is Cumberland Perry.”


What do you plan to do in your retirement?

“I am going to take a long needed vacation; spend time with friends and family; do some things around the house. Of course, I haven’t ruled out a lengthy trip to a Latin American Country!”


Mr. Page has been an important part of the CPAVTS family for over two decades. His presence will definitely be missed, but we wish him all the best in his retirement!



Students Place First at Computer Fair for a Second Time!

5-25-17 Computer Fair 2The PA Computer Fair State Competition is an annual event where students from high schools and career and technical schools across the state show off their skills in design, animation, and programming. The 2017 competition marks the second year in a row that students from Wendy Lenker-Badorf’s Advertising Art and Design program have earned first in the graphic design category.

Participating students were asked to design a logo and promotional materials for a pet-related business. Natalia from Upper Adams School District and Kaitlyn from Newport won first place with their “Pawpular Palace” pet boutique concept.

“We started with the name and went from there!” said Kaitlyn on their design process. “For our brochure, we chose a phone design since it’s something people use every day and something everyone can relate to.”

The process of design from brainstorming ideas to the final product teaches the students about typography, color theory, layout skills, new software skills, and the process of designing promotional materials for a business. Most of all, the students learn about teamwork and the pressure of competition from regionals to the state competition. Said Mrs. Lenker-Badorf:

 “I think the most impressive part was that this is the second year in a row for us [winning the competition]. The girls were confident in their project, and it showed.”

Since the competition was hosted at Dickinson College, not only did the students get hands-on experience with design work, they were also able to get a feel for a postsecondary setting. Approximately twenty other Pennsylvania schools competed alongside theirs.

“There was a lot of pressure,” said Natalia. “There were a lot of people with a lot of great designs.”

Alongside the two first place winners was Jamie, another Newport student, who won third place in the logo design category. Congratulations to this year’s competitors for their hard work! 


Some additional photos of the projects:

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Program Spotlight- Advertising, Art & Design

 program spotlight- may 2017

In the world of design, being at the top of your game is essential to landing the best job opportunities. At CPAVTS, our Advertising Art and Design instructor, Mrs. Lenker-Badorf, enhances her students’ natural talent with critiques and exposure to many different techniques for design. Students cultivate artistic skill- sets in illustration, photography, digital media design, web and sign design, and many more available areas.

Through our program spotlight questionnaire, we are better able to understand exactly what knowledge students acquire in the classroom and the most essential components of advertising that graduating students should focus on for success in this trade.


Teacher Spotlight- Mrs. Lenker-Badorf

What is the most significant new or different aspect to your program this year?

“This summer, our program will be receiving a new Mac Pro lab. The students are going to have brand new computers with 24” cinema displays. This will be perfect for the design and layout software used in the lab.”


What are some of the more common career pathways your students take when they leave CPAVTS?

“Many of the students graduating from Advertising Art & Design attend two and four year colleges before obtaining work in the industry. I have graduates working in Graphic Design, Advertising, Photography, Illustration, Web Design, and Sign Design companies all over the US. There are students who go directly to work. They are either hired from co-op jobs they worked at throughout the school year or they can start their own freelance design business.”


What is some of the recent technology and/or trends in the profession with which students become familiar?

“Standard technology is using Adobe Creative Suite software for digital file preparation for layout and design jobs, digital media design and large format design. Recently, we have placed two students on full time jobs working with large format layout and print work.”


Explain a typical day in your program.

“Students arrive to see a plan for the day on the whiteboard. There are 3 levels of learning so it is important to keep instruction and plans organized per level. Each student has a workstation and typically can begin working on a project or assignment without much instruction. The instructor works mostly in small groups for instructional theory or demonstration lessons. Some students are working independently on client work. They are working toward software certifications by completing interactive lessons on their computer. Students also participate in college visits, fieldtrips to industry-related sites, guest speaker presentations, community service projects, and club activities throughout the school year. You will often see students gathered together critiquing one another’s design work, which is a necessary part of the business. “


What unit/topic do students struggle with the most in your program and why do you think that is?

“Students struggle with the concept of creating work to please clients as opposed to pleasing themselves. They receive feedback from their instructor posing as the client. Students are used to creating artwork and design for themselves and how they like it to look. In this environment the students have many opportunities to perform jobs for outside clients. They meet with them to discuss ideas and get feedback from clients as they would if they were working in industry. This gives them a “real world” experience, which is unique to the CPAVTS environment.”


What particular training/unit do employers seek that help students get their foot in the door?

“Overall, employers are looking for students with a good work ethic who have the ability to complete a task or design job from start to finish. Students should have good problem solving and communication skills along with the ability to render design ideas using the most current industry trends and software.”


How many years have you been at CPAVTS?

“I will begin my 30th year of teaching this fall. Wow, did I just say 30?”


What was your experience before coming to CPAVTS?

“I was a Graphic Designer with a firm in Harrisburg. I gained experience by working with accounts such as Hershey, Harsco, True Temper, Masland Carpets, Tyco, and many other large corporations. We designed everything from logos to annual reports. Learning this trade before computers came along has helped teach the students the history behind the digital process we use now. The building of the design work is different but the process is the same from design to print. I also do freelance design occasionally.”


What advice would you give students who have completed your program?

“I encourage students to follow their passion when it comes to this field. I teach them that they can make a living doing something they love through hard work and determination. I teach them manners, business etiquette, and to always be kind.”




Summarize what you learn in your program in ONE SENTENCE.

“I learn how to use multiple programs and how to properly create a graphic design using Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop.”

“How to say something without words.”

“The elements and principles of graphic design.”


What is the hardest part of your program?

“Painting with gouache paints for the color wheel project.”

“Certification tests and some live jobs.”

“I found matting to be the hardest part.”

“The hardest part of the program is balancing tech work, with homeschool, work and extracurricular activities.”


What is the most fun part of your program?

“The fine art projects, though rare, it is so nice to work with my hands rather than a keyboard and mouse.”

“The most fun part of our program is when we talk about our work as a group.”

“Graphic design in general- I really enjoy it!”


What is some recent technology you are learning to use in your program that is specific to your profession?

“Adobe CC 2017 programs: InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop.”

“New tech would have to be Adobe Illustrator. There is always something new to learn.”


What is your plan for after high school?

“I plan to continue my education at HACC in the graphic design programs.”

“Attending Pennsylvania College of Art & Design for Fine Arts.”

“I plan on being a tattoo artist.”

“I plan to go to HACC for photography, and then to further my knowledge in Graphic Design, Character Design, and Illustrator in my spare time.”

“Attend Millersville University, to major in Interactive and Graphic Design, to obtain a Bachelor of Design degree.”

“My plan after high school is to go to college for Culinary and Business, so I can run my own bakery shop.”


What is going to be the highlight of the year in your program?

“The highlight of the year was getting and finishing my first live job.”

“Getting accepted to my major at Millersville University.”

“The highlight of the year would be the self-portraits.”


What are you proud of learning how to do in your program?

“I’m proud of being proficient in professional software.”

“Graphic Design as a whole; how to layout properly…basically everything I learned here.”


Explain a typical day in your program.

“It is all hands-on, independent work, on whatever we’re working on. There is hardly a single minute wasted on just sitting around.”

“You first go to your locker and get your stuff for the day. Then go to your seat and open your binder, so you can write on a job ticket. Next you look at the whiteboard assignments to see what you should be doing for the day and get started on that task.”


How is your program at CPAVTS different from other classes you have had in the past?

“I think that this class is more structured and also changes your perspective on art.”

“It actually helps prepare for our career/future, by having us work with clients, and bringing in adults who have graduated and are now working in that profession.”

“We don’t learn to test, we learn to learn.”


What advice would you give to a beginning level 1 student who is just starting the program or to a student who is considering enrolling in the program?

“Listen to every detail the teacher says. Read all instruction before asking questions. Ask the teacher for help if needed.”

“Stay caught up and always read and follow the directions. It’s a great program, but if you can’t follow the directions, you will have an extremely hard time.”

“Don’t come in thinking you can slack off or doodle your way through the course. This is a serious shop and you’re going to learn some harsh truths…but it’s worth it!!!”