Program Spotlight - Electronics Technology

Electronics Technology (ET)

Mr. Larry Harman is in his 10th year of teaching Electronics Technology at CPAVTS. Mr. Harman graduated from Shippensburg University with a degree in Math and from Penn State University with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He has worked at various levels of product development, including an engineering technician, engineer, and project manager for Philips, Siemens, and US Ultrasound, a company which he helped to develop. He worked with medical and industrial ultrasound products, retail electronics, and OEM electronics, for which he holds several patents for novel designs. Mr. Harman has had some fascinating experiences before coming to CPAVTS! Here is what he has to say about our program:

 

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

            “I made some additions to our project-based learning environment with new projects and CER (Claim, Evidence, Reasoning) reporting. The student mostly build working projects to support the curriculum.”

           

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

            “Some continue in school (2 years or 4 years), some join the military, and some go into the work force. Some specific careers are: PLC programming, bench technician, field technician, and software.”

           

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

            Troubleshooting or problem-solving are two traits that many employers are seeking. They are also looking for tenacity.”

           

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

            “The math related to A/C waveforms is probably the most difficult because it involves trigonometry.”

           

Explain a typical day in your program.

            “The day starts with a short lesson covering material for the day and then the students work on projects.”

                       

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

            “Work hard, gain as much knowledge as possible and always keep learning. Enjoy it – it goes FAST!!!”

 

 

 

This is what our students have to say about their program:

 

 

Summarize what you learn in your program.

 

            “We learn the fundamental of electronic theory, circuit design, and circuit troubleshooting.”

 

“Fixing, designing and building electronic circuits.”

 

“We learn about electrical circuits and the components that make them up.”

 

                       

 

What is the hardest part of your program?

 

            “The hardest part of my program is troubleshooting.”

 

           

 

What is the most fun part of your program?

 

            “Working with other people on a circuit or project.”

 

            “Designing and repairing circuits.”

 

            “Building speaker boxes and making a sound system for music.”

 

What is your plan for after high school?

 

            “I plan to go to college and major in Electronics Engineering.”

 

            “Getting a job in fixing computers and other electronic devices.”

 

            “I plan to go to a technical school to further my training.”

 

            “I plan to be an engineer in robotics.”

 

           

 

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

 

            “The Nanoline project.”

 

            “Building my speaker boxes and finishing the car audio and security systems.”

 

           

 

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

 

            “How to troubleshoot and fix electronics.”

 

            “Building circuits.”

 

            “Diagnostics.”

 

           

 

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

 

            “Nothing else I have taken has been so technical and hands-on.”

 

            “My program is hands-on and interactive.”

 

            “They focus on the things you are interested in.”

 

            “More hands-on and there is a lot less of teaching to the whole class and more one-on-one teaching.”

 

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?

 

            “Do enroll. There are many opportunities in the program for learning new trades.”

 

            “Don’t get overwhelmed. Take things step by step.”

 

            “Pay attention to everything Mr. Harman says. He will talk about and explain your questions.”

 

Catching Up With ... Medina Muminovic '11

Medina Muminovic, Class of 2011, Nursing, Cumberland Valley

Medina Muminovic is a 2011 graduate of Cumberland Valley High School and CPAVTS’ Nursing program. After graduation, Medina attended HACC for 2 years and is now studying Occupational Therapy at York College. Medina recently paid us a visit and we were able to talk with her a little about her experience with CPAVTS:

How did Cumberland Perry help you?

“They taught me a lot, like how to interact with patients, how to take vital signs .... basics for the medical profession. They prepared me for the real world.”

 

What do you remember most about your time at Cumberland Perry?

                “The people here were amazing! The three years I spent at CPAVTS were unforgettable. The teachers and staff become more like family. I still come back to visit once in awhile!”

 

We’re certainly glad she does!

Students Hold Cut-A-Thon for Domestic Abuse Victims

11-20-14 Domestic Abuse Cut-A-ThonA cut-a-thon to raise money for the Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland and Perry Counties is the latest activity Cumberland Perry AVTS students completed as part of the school’s focus on community service.

Cosmetology instructor Christine Franklin said students come up with the fundraiser ideas and market the events. Last year, students raised more than $3,100 and this has already raised almost $1,000 for autism and for St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, which treats cancer patients.

“We touch people’s lives because we’re always listening behind the chair and this teaches students to give back to their client and to their community,’’ said Franklin, whose classes have done fundraisers for the past seven years. “It also teaches students marketing and the business aspects behind the care.’’

Franklin said students are organized into groups and each group decides the charity to support. Usually, students choose a cause that has a personal meaning.

Sixteen-year-old Jayda Hess, a Cedar Cliff High School junior (pictured left with her groupmates, West Perry student Kaitlyn Reed and Johanna Chiara from Cedar Cliff), said she asked her group to raise money for domestic violence because two years ago she was in an abusive relationship with her boyfriend.

“When I was in counseling it helped me very much and I wanted to raise money to help women and children get away from abusive situations,’’ Jayda said. “I wanted to help places that help women and children get away from abusers.’’

Jayda said she has always been interested in cosmetology and has a sister and an aunt in the field. As part of Cumberland Perry AVTS program, students study and take the state exam to receive their cosmetology license, enabling them to work immediately after graduation.

“We receive awesome training and I think a lot of people are surprised how much they learn,’’ Jayda said. “For students who want to do hair, it’s a very good opportunity.

Upcoming cut-a-thon events and charity they will benefit:

  • Dec. 11: 12:30-2:30 p.m., SPCA
  • Jan. 8: 8:30-10:30 a.m., Ovarian Cancer
  • Feb. 12: 12: 12:30-2:30 p.m., Autism
  • March 12: 8:30-10:30 a.m., Autism
  • April 9: 12:30-2:30 p.m., American Cancer Society
  • May 7: 8:30-10:30 a.m., Autism

Please note that anyone seeking to participate in  future cut-a-thon events should make an appointment in advance by calling (717) 697-0354 Ext. 134. A minimum donation of $5 is requested.

Program Spotlight - Dental Assisting

Dental Assisting

Students in our Dental Assisting Program are in very capable hands when it comes to their instructor! Michele Foland spent 20 years as a Dental Assistant and Expanded Functions Dental Assistant before joining the staff of CPAVTS. She was an adjunct faculty member at HACC in the Dental Assisting program and taught Dental Materials lab and Dental Assistant clinicals. Her teaching background and her industry experience made her the perfect fit for this position, and we’re so glad to have her on our staff! This is what she has to say about the program at CPAVTS:

 

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

            “The clinic has a new intra oral camera and digital x-ray sensors. We expanded the clinic last year to accommodate more students. The classroom is across the hall, which gives the dental clinic a realistic atmosphere. The students get a real life dental clinic experience.”

           

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

            “The students have many options upon graduation. They will already have taken their Radiology State exam for the Radiology Certificate in the state of PA and they have 9 college credits to use towards their dental hygiene schooling. They can work as a dental assistant and after 2 years of working (3500 hours) they can apply for the certified Dental Assistant exam.”

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

            “The students have their State Radiology Certificate upon graduation. The dentists like that students have real hands-on experience with the dental equipment here at the school.”

           

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

            “Head and neck anatomy can be difficult because of all of the bones, muscles and nerves in the head region. Radiology is a difficult concept to understand and retain.”

           

Explain a typical day in your program.

            “The students change into their scrubs when they arrive to start their day. They usually get a period of theory and 1-2 periods to practice the skills taught.”

           

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

            “Study hard if you want to succeed in the dental profession. It doesn’t matter if you are continuing your education working, there is always something to learn. Have an open mind and an open heart!”

 

 

This is what our students have to say about their program:

 

Summarize what you learn in your program.

            “We learn skills and clinical procedures like head and neck anatomy, communication skills, and radiology.”

            “We learn how to properly sterilize instruments, suctioning Alginate impressions, Amalgam setups, and radiology.”

            “We learn skills and procedures to help us become certified Dental Assistants.”

           

What is the hardest part of your program?

            “Learning the different cements and liners.”

            “The hardest part of this program is dental terminology and radiology.”

What is the most fun part of your program?

            “The most fun part about this program is being able to learn about something I’m interested in.”

            “Getting to be in the clinic and working on Dexter heads and each other.”

            “The fact that we can help each other out. We are like family.”

What is your plan for after high school?

            “I plan on going to Pennsylvania School of Technology for Dental Hygiene.”

            “I’m attending Penn Tech for Surgical Technician.”

            “I am going to be an Orthodontist Assistant.”

            “I’m planning on becoming a dental assistant in a local dental office.”

           

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

            “The highlight of the year will be going to the HOSA leadership conference.”

            “Getting my radiology license.”

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

            “Radiology, because it’s used in all health occupations.”

            “I am proud that I learned how to do x-rays and how to take impressions.”

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

            “This class is more hands on and more attention from the teacher. We learn valuable information to put towards our careers.”

            “I’m actually interested in what I’m learning and loving every bit of it!!.”

 

Cooperative Education Spotlight - Alex Wentling

Cooperative Education Spotlight - Alex Wentling

Alex Wentling started his senior year enrolled in the Automotive Technology Program at Cumberland Perry AVTS. After the first month of school, Alex was offered an entry level position with Trademark Classics in Dillsburg, PA. A week later he was a member of the Cooperative Education Program following the learn while you earn strategy. Alex attends Northern York High School in the morning and then reports to work close to noon each day. Every day brings on a new task for Alex, which keeps his interest at a very high level. Within the last week alone, he tore down two big block motors, assembled a classic chassis, installed new brakes, and assisted with a cooling system malfunction. Owner David Gliksman stated he couldn’t be happier with his new employee. He raved about the skill set, professionalism, and level of maturity that Alex brings to his company. Alex couldn’t be happier with his Cooperative Education placement as he commented, “I have the perfect job”.