Rotary Students of the Month- April 2017

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Jacob Brandt is a Cumberland Valley High School student in the Auto Collision Technology Program. He is a member of Skills USA and competed at the Skills District Competition, taking First place for collision repair. In his spare time, he volunteers at Benny’s Pet Foundation and he is currently employed at Brenner Nissan and TJ Rockwells. He has applied to Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology and plans to major in Collision repair.

Megan Cunningham is a Red Land High School Student in the Dental Assisting Program. Her accomplishments include: participating in softball for Red Land 2014-2015, and the school newspaper for Red land 2015-2016; working for Maple Donuts, August 2016- February 2017; and volunteering for Patriot Camp, for the 2013-2014 year. She has applied to Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) and plans to major in Dental Assisting/Dental Hygiene

Madison McMillan is a West Perry High School student in the Nursing Assistant Program. She is a member of Health Students of American (HOSA) and is a participant in Cumberland Perry’s First Annual Mini-thon for the Four Diamonds Fund. Madison will be starting her clinical at Bethany Village as a part of her graduation requirements for the Nursing Program. Recently, she was accepted to Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) and plans to major in Nursing and attain her associate’s degree.


Cooperative Education Spotlight- Glenn Campbell

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Glenn Campbell, a senior from Susquenita High School enrolled in the Diesel Technology program, is currently employed by Rohrer Bus Service in Duncannon.  As part of the Cooperative Education program, he is capping off his vocational education with some valuable hands on training.  After 2 years of classroom and shop floor training at CPAVTS, the transition to the world of work has been a smooth one for Glenn.  Each day brings a new adventure for him at Rohrer.  Engine diagnostics, steering troubleshooting, electrical problems, brake replacements are all part of the daily task list.  Glen states that he loves the wide variety of jobs he performs and it keeps every day exciting.  With the mechanical aptitude and personal drive Glenn brings to the table, his pairing with Rohrer is sure to last well past graduation.  

Program Spotlight- Electrical Construction & Maintenance

Program Spotlight March 2017The Electrical Construction & Maintenance Program has had some interesting changes going on this school year. Instructor Mr. Baney has had his students install a wire pulling lab recently as an additional part of the hands-on learning section of the program.

Mr. Baney is three-quarters of the way into his second year with the CPAVTS family. He has made quite a few additions to the curriculum in order to better prepare his students to enter the industry.

We wanted to know how he felt about his time here so far, and what his students think of the program.


What was your experience before coming to CPAVTS?

“I was a Commercial Electrician for almost 15 years. I also taught post-secondary electrical for three and a half years.”


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

“I have added Motor Control Training to the curriculum.”


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

“The two most common career pathways my students take after graduation are entering Construction Apprenticeship Program, or going to college for Electrical Engineering.”


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

“There is not one particular unit. The employers I talk to want a well-rounded, entry level apprentice, with a base knowledge in several areas.”


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

“The biggest change in our trade has been LED lighting. It has really taken off over the past couple of years.”


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

“Put your time in, and learn as much as you can during your apprenticeship.”



Summarize what you learn in your program in ONE SENTENCE.

“How to wire different devices, bend conduit, and learn basic electrical theory.”


What is the hardest part of your program?

“Bending ¾” conduit-learning the correct technique is pretty difficult, and the ¾” is just physically difficult to bend.”


What would you say is the most fun part of your program?

“I would say having the device you just wired turn on and work correctly.”


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

“A ridged portable pipe threader.”


What is your plan for after high school?

“Either get a job with an electrical contractor or continue to work with my dad as an electrician in his contracting business.”


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

“Learning how to produce quality electrical work that pays well and makes customers happy.”

Explain a typical day in your program.

“We usually spend a period in the lab, working on a project. Then we are given a lecture on wiring method and clean up before we go home.”


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

“It is a lot of fun and I find it interesting. I really enjoy the feeling that I am being prepared for my future as an electrician. We also get to actually work in the school. The real world work environment is great, especially when you can do it in school.”


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

“Apply yourself…the returns are great!”

Catching Up With...Tyler Hill, Class of '06

“Tyler Hill: Class of 2006 (Red land High School, Carpentry)Alumni Spotlight March 2017

Tyler is a graduate of Red Land High School and CPAVTS’s Carpentry Program. Tyler has been busy since his time here at CPAVTS, continuing his educational training in the carpentry trade and pursing higher education in the management field.

He was gracious enough to take the time and tell us about how his experience at CPAVTS has affected his career in industry.

Here is what he had to say:

Describe the company or industry in which you currently work.

“Lobar Associates Incorporated, which is a commercial contracting company, based in Dillsburg, PA.”


What is your job title and what do you do?

“Job Title: Project Engineer- My job is to coordinate with sub-contractors for new construction projects and to help track costs and schedules throughout the duration of the projects. I am also responsible for all site layout with the company’s total station.”


What other employment have you had related to your program areas at CPAVTS?

“Project Management Internship during the summer between college semesters for a custom home builder in Lancaster, PA. I was also a self-employed remodeling contractor from 2010-2012.”


What additional education and training did you receive after leaving CPAVTS? Where did you receive it? Did you feel CPAVTS prepared you for this?

“Additional education consisted of a four year bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania College of Technology. The training at CPAVTS prepared me for the first two years, which consisted of the technical training. The last two years were the management training.”


How was Cumberland Perry different from your regular high school?

“Much more in-depth technical training.”


How has your industry changed since your time at Cumberland Perry? (technology, equipment, etc.)

“Since graduation “total station” equipment has come a long way.”


What is your favorite CPAVTS memory?

“The friendships that continue to this day.”


3-2-17 Tech at CPAVTS LogisticsWarehouses are the lifeblood of many companies—particularly those in the business of selling products. Without people to manage the items stored inside, these warehouses would be haphazard piles of items. Keeping things in shape requires a team of individuals trained in utilizing the equipment necessary to organize a warehouse.

Instructor Joe Knouse uses new technology to simulate a real-world warehouse. The following are just some of the equipment utilized in his program:

  •  Radio Frequency Scanners: These devices are used to track items in real time. Students scan bar codes in order to track items throughout the warehouse.
  • Forklifts: The school possesses many different types of forklifts to include sit-down models, stand-up riders, reach trucks, order pickers, and electric pallet jacks. Each type of lift performs a different job, from removing pallets from shelves to unloading and loading tractor-trailers.
  •  UPS Shipping Computer: This system is used to process outbound shipments. Students print barcode labels and apply them to cases of books during large distributions for First Book.

Of course, practice always makes perfect, so Mr. Knouse ensures that there is no shortage of activities to go around. The students receive, process, and ship orders as part of their involvement with First Book, which seeks to provide books to students in need; for the past few years, they have handled the receiving and redistribution of hundreds of books. But the main source of work for the students comes from managing all of the shipments delivered to CPAVTS. They receive everything from lumber to office supplies to automotive parts to cosmetology supplies; properly catalog and store the items; and then distribute them to their recipients—essentially running a real warehouse for their school.

Mr. Knouse, too, keeps himself abreast of any changes in technology or the industry as a whole through his Occupational Advisory Committee and through periodic visits to local warehouses. What some might think is a simple job is actually quite detailed and requires a high amount of organization. Without skilled warehouse workers, the items you receive from your orders (particularly online) might end up a complete surprise!

This article is a continuation of our Tech at CPAVTS series. Click here for the previous entry!