Students Visit for an Evening at Cumberland Perry AVTS

logistics harness demonstration

December 12 saw a massive influx of students, parents, and pizza--all in the name of an open house called "A Night at CPAVTS". Eighth and ninth graders from around the area travelled to Cumberland Perry for an in-depth tour of two programs of their choice, and were not disappointed.

Tours were conducted in six programs: Computer Information Systems; Electronics Technology; Graphic Communications; Horticulture & Landscaping; Logistics & Warehouse Management; and Masonry; with each student spending one hour in two different classrooms. Students, like ninth-grader Hunter Davis pictured to the right, experienced similar work one might expect to perform on an average school day in their program. Overall, about 40 students participated, along with a parent or two--so many that three programs were full to capacity! Thanks to all the students and parents who showed up for a fun and informative night!

Some more photos from the event:

electronics sample project 

graphics layout work


CIS project work


From left to right:  CPAVTS senior Richie Poff working with two Cumberland Valley 9th graders, Austin Wenger and Dylan Wotring, in the Electronics Technology program; 8th grader Charlotte Bink participating in a hands-on project for Graphic Communications; and Grant Mizak, a 9th grader from Cumberland Valley and accompanied by his parents, working in Computer Information Systems.



Catching up with...Shannon Speelman, Criminal Justice '07

Shannon Speelman, Class of 2007, Criminal Justice, Susquenita

I am a Profit Protection Investigator through the Asset Protection Department for Rite Aid Corporation Headquarters in Camp Hill.  Prior to being promoted to investigator in January 2013,  I was an analyst within the department.  My role now involves investigating  theft, fraud, regulatory, and/or procedural errors through Exception Based Reporting, user reports, and video surveillance.  I prepare interview materials, conduct phone interviews, and take written statements with store associates to reduce travel time by a field investigator.  I complete case paperwork and case management records for these errors and communicate with Human Resources on disposition of associate involvement. 

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Noaker's Auto Body Named Business Partner of the Year

2013-11-14 Noakers Auto Body BPotY
For the past several years, employees at Cumberland Perry AVTS have nominated a co-op partner who did the most to support and help the school. This year, Harry Purdy, Vice President of Noaker’s Auto Body, along
with several other employees, received the title "Business Partner of the Year" for their hard work and dedication. Most notably, Noaker's greatly aided Cumberland Perry in securing a new Automotive Collision Technology teacher. They helped conduct the many interviews held with potential candidates, gave their opinions on the interviewees’ capabilities, and, once a new teacher was finally chosen, they provided instruction on the technology used in their shop to broaden the new hire’s knowledge of available technology. This great effort prevented the hiring process from being as long and arduous as it could have been; but although this act in itself was more than they needed to give, Noaker's also extended a helping hand to any Cumberland Perry students who needed it. A huge thank-you to Noaker's Auto Body for all of their time and effort in making our school the best it can be!


Noaker's Auto Body is located at 819 New Bloomfield Road in Duncannon, PA. For more information, visit their website:


Carpentry Students Construct Log Cabin

Carpentry students were busy this year building the cabin shown briefly behind seniors Aaron Teats and Kyle Kauffman (video). As is the case every year, students in the Cumberland Perry AVTS Carpentry program build a fully functional, up-to-code log home from scratch. In this video, Teats and Kauffman demonstrate the amenities offered in this year's cabin, but this is by no means a glimpse into all of the hard work that went into the building's construction. 

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Area Mustang car club awards $250 to CPAVTS student and Legend race car winner

Mustang Club of Central Pennsylvania awarded a $250 scholarship to senior Joe Ehrisman Saying they were impressed with the automotive training Cumberland Perry Area Vocational School provides, area Mustang car club members in September awarded the group's first-ever scholarship to one of the school's students.

The Mustang Club of Central Pennsylvania awarded a $250 scholarship to senior Joe Ehrisman during the club's 10th annual Mustang Round-Up being held at the Carlisle Fair Grounds on Sept. 1

Ehrisman, 17, of Newport, said he plans to attend the University of Northern Ohio's High Performance Motorsports program. He said the scholarship should be enough to pay for his books for the first two years.

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