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: http://cumberlink.com/news/local/safety-day-event-brings-multiple-agencies-to-school/article_1b1a8d7e-e2f6-11e3-b39f-001a4bcf887a.html

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.

Catching Up With ... Allison Hanna '10

Allison Hanna, Class of 2010, Horticulture and Landscaping, Cumberland Valley

In 2010, I graduated from Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School. It was heart breaking to leave everyone at the school that believed and pushed me to achieve more than I could have ever imagined. After graduation, I moved to the Philadelphia area to attend Temple University to pursue a degree in landscape architecture. On May 15, 2014 I will be graduating from Temple University with a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture and be the student speaker during the School of Environmental Design graduation ceremony on the Temple University Ambler campus. During my four years at college, I submerged myself in the student life at Ambler by being an Owl Ambassador, by providing tour to prospective students, joining 3 honor societies, and topping off my leadership roles as Ambler Student Government Vice-President my junior year and President my senior year, and winning countless awards for my projects and my leadership skills.

Early in May, I received a job offer and will be moving back home and working at First Capital Engineering as an entry-level landscape architect at the end of the month. With landscape architecture, you can go tons of ways with the degree and still continue to learn. You can become registered after two years working under an already registered landscape architect and passing a four-part exam. There are also countless certifications one can study for and take a test. Learning doesn’t stop after you graduate. I learn something new everyday.

CPAVTS made me into the person I am today. This may sound cliché, but anyone that personally knows me would understand how much this school has allowed me to grow as a student and individual. Being able to attend local, state and national competitions gave me the confidence to believe I can accomplish anything I put my mind to. The teachers at CPAVTS are not only my teachers, but also role models. Mrs. Perry was always supportive, only wanted the best for me, allowed me to find what interested me when it came to horticulture and landscaping, and get my feet wet in other programs to learn as much as I can. Being able to spread my interests into other programs allowed me to be a part of the CPAVTS Residential Construction Management team in 08-09 and 09-10. This competition got me out of my comfort zone by traveling all the way to Las Vegas, NV with four other students to present our project that we complied in just three months. Having Mr. Snider as our “coach” for the completion, he always gave everyone a chance, even the shy girl in the horticulture and landscaping room. I owe everything I have become today to Mrs. Perry and Mr. Snider for supporting me through all the highs and lows while at CPAVTS.

One piece of advice I would give to anyone that is at CPAVTS or even thinking about attending CPAVTS would be to put yourself out of your comfort zone. High school is your time to learn what you want to do after graduation. I never thought that college was going to be for me, but the wonderful teachers at CPAVTS let me explore what interested me the most. You never know what is out there for you unless you let yourself open up to new experiences.

Program Spotlight - Criminal Justice

This month our Program Spotlight features our popular Criminal Justice program. Mr. William Page, our very enthusiastic instructor, has been with CPAVTS for 22 years. After graduating from Shanksville-Stony Creek High School in Shanksville, PA, Mr. Page earned an Associate of Arts degree in Police Science at HACC and then continued his education to earn a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Law Enforcement at York College of PA. While in college, he held a job in loss prevention for two department stores and also worked for the Department of Corrections at a halfway house, guarding 12 inmates. Mr. Page furthered his education at Cabrini College, where he earned a Master’s of Education degree. Before coming to CPAVTS he spent 16 years serving as a full-time police officer with the Lower Allen Township Police Department and he earned his Act 120 training at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy.

Here are a few things that he has to say about our program:

What is the most significant aspect to your program? For the eighth year in a row, 100% of our seniors achieved an Advanced score on the NOCTI test.

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

90% go to college, 5% join the military, and 5% are undecided

What particular training/unit do employers seek that helps students get their foot in the door? Some employers like to look at the student’s portfolio. It allows the employer to see the skills and abilities of the student. They tend to look at written reports and booking skills.

What unit/topic do students struggle with the most in your program? Why do you think that is? Crime Scene Sketching. It involves measuring with accuracy, within 1/16”, the drawing to scale a diagram of the scene including all objects.

What advice would you give students who have completed your program? Go to college and improve your ability to get a job.

Read more: Program Spotlight - Criminal Justice