New Employee Spotlight-Adam Bruner, Automotive Technology Instructor

 Adam Bruner InterviewOver the summer, CPAVTS has welcomed a new Automotive Technology instructor--Adam Bruner, formerly an instructor at East Pennsboro School District. Mr. Bruner was kind enough to give a short interview about his short time working at CPAVTS:


What were you doing before you came to Cumberland Perry?

"For the last seven years, I was teaching at East Penn."


What made you decide to apply to CPAVTS?

"Well, I've always wanted to teach automotive technology, and I saw the opening, so I applied."


Is there anything specifically you're looking to teach your students?

"Right off the bat, I want to teach them what it's like to work at a real garage since many of them don't have that experience yet. Obviously, I want to teach them about the cars--how to work on engines and all the mechanical things--but I also hope that they learn problem solving along the way."


What has been your favorite thing about working as an Auto Tech instructor so far?

"Probably the fact that I have a ton of tools at my disposal. The resources I have here are amazing, and everyone has been very helpful!"


Thanks to Adam Bruner for taking a few moments to talk about the short time he has spent at Cumberland Perry AVTS!

Auto Tech Student Wins $300 from the Mustang Car Club

09-05-14 Mustang Car Club

Saying they were impressed with the automotive training Cumberland Perry Area Vocational School  provides, area Mustang car club members awarded are awarding $300 to one of the school’s students during the annual 11th Annual Mustang Roundup on Saturday, Aug. 30 at the Carlisle Fair Grounds.

The Mustang Club of Central Pennsylvania will present the award to 2014 graduate Grant Graham at 3 p.m. The event, which is free to the public, begins at 9 a.m. and more information is available by going to

Graham, 18, of North Newton Township, Cumberland County, began working at Middle Spring Motors in Shippensburg full-time immediately after graduating in May and said he plans to use the $300 for tools.

“I was surprised when I found out about the award and it’s definitely going to help me get the tools I need,’’ said Graham, who began working at Middle Springs Motors as part of CPAVTS’ co-op program. The program gives students paid, hands-on experience in their field with local employers. “Between what I learned at school and the experience during the co-op, I don’t think Cumberland Perry could have done a better job.’’

At Middle Spring Motors, Graham said he handles a variety of work, from brake jobs and oil changes to state inspections and assisting with rebuilding transmissions. Working in the automotive field was something he wanted to do since the seventh grade, he said.

“I wanted to know what made everything work when you turned that key over,’’ said Grant, who rebuilt his own 1986 Ford Ranger pickup that he said was “barely running’’ when he bought it for $400.

CPAVTS automotive technology teacher Jared Comeau said picking Grant for the award was an easy choice.

“Grant is a hard worker and always had a strong desire to learn,’’ Comeau said. “He knew what he wanted to do and he had the drive.’’

Terry Weidemann, the Mustang club’s secretary, said they were impressed with all CPAVTS offers and plan to continue giving the awards to the school’s students as part of their annual Mustang Roundup show. Last year was the first time the club offered the award, which was given to 2013 graduate Joe Ehrisman of Newport. Ehrisman is now attending the University of Northern Ohio’s High Performance Motorsports program.

“We were quite impressed with our award recipient last year and Grant is just as impressive,’’ Weidemann said. “Our club wants to support students in the automotive trades and we believe Cumberland Perry has a great program and provides a quality education.’’

A Celebration of a CPAVTS Principal

For approximately ten years, Diane Franklin has 06-05-14 Diane Franklin Retirement Featureserved as Cumberland Perry AVTS's principal, but by next school year, she will be moving on to what we hope is a wonderful retirement. In the short two weeks she has remaining, Ms. Franklin took the time to do a brief interview reflecting on the time she has served as principal:

Looking back, what were your goals upon entering the principal position and how have they changed or been realized?

"I wanted to help our CTC teachers who had no formal training by providing them lots of good, solid professional development opportunities. Good teachers mean good students!"

If you could tell your past self one piece of advice before becoming principal, what would it be?

"Patience and persistance can get you a long way!"

What would you say is the most important thing you've learned during your time at CPAVTS?

"Four heads are always better than one! Working with the administrative team has been the most rewarding thing about being an administrator."

What plans do you have for your retirement?

"I hope to continue in some capacity providing help to new CTC teachers. And I plan on visiting my grandson in Tuscon, as well as my son in Knoxville, more often."

Is there something that you feel has been your greatest accomplishment or "legacy" that you will be leaving behind?

"I think that working with the [administrative] team here has been a way to move our school forward in that we are educationally committed and sound in our practices, and I think that the product is better students, increased NOCTI scores, better learning. I think this school has grown a lot in the past ten years."

On July 1, Cumberland Perry AVTS will be welcoming a new principal into the fold, but Diane Franklin and the work she has done to benefit the school and its students will certainly never be forgotten. Congratulations to Ms. Franklin on her retirement--we hope it will be a fun and overall fantastic next stage in her life!

Safety Day at CPAVTS

06-05-14 Safety Day Feature

Late last month, CPAVTS held its second Safety Day event that looked more like a fun-filled and educational festival than the name implies. Vendors occupied a corner of the school parking lot and sold favorite summertime foods like burgers, funnel cake, and french fries; and one vendor even sold custom-made, airbrushed t-shirts.

Naturally, the day's focus was elsewhere. The goal was to bring in representatives from a variety of community agencies so that CPAVTS students can mingle with professionals and learn more about their careers. "This is the second year we have done Safety Day, and I would like to make it an annual event," said Matthew Brigaman, CPAVTS's assistant principal. 

Fire trucks, police cruisers, and other vehicles were positioned in the parking lot for students to interact with, and a few activities were set up on school grounds, notably an officer-guided "beer goggles" demonstration. The goal is to show students just how much alcohol can impair their vision, and how something as simple as walking a straight line becomes incredibly difficult, if not impossible. Instructors also donated their time to sell drinks to benefit the school and to help the students learn all they could about the various agencies and their equipment. Additionally, Filson Water and Bobby Rahal Honda cooperated to donate 25 cases of bottled water for the event.

Although Safety Day is not open to the public (the goal being to educate students), a reporter for the Carlisle Sentinel was allowed to gather information for a press release that can be read here:

Mr. Brigaman noted that the event was a large success this year thanks to community and instructor participation and donations. The hope is that the event can become an annual occurrence and an important source of education for CPAVTS students in the years to come.

Firefighters Demonstrate the Aftermath of an Accident:



A CPAVTS Student Trying Out the Beer Goggles Activity:



Cooperative Education Spotlight - Francesco Recchia

Cooperative Education Spotlight - Francesco Recchia

While most of his classmates are still rolling out of bed, Francesco Recchia, a Big Spring Senior, is starting his day at the Country Butcher Shop, Inc. in Carlisle. Francesco is currently learning on the job while participating in the Cooperative Education program at CPAVTS. One day he is cutting steaks, the next day he is grinding sausage, and the next day he vacuum packing smoked meats. With no two days the same, Francesco loves the challenges every day brings. After 2 years in the Culinary Arts program, he decided to continue his high school education while working for the Country Butcher Shop. The transition to the workforce has been very successful for both Francesco and the employer. Upon graduation, Francesco will become a full-time member of the 48 year old family owned business.