Rotary Students of the Month - March 2017
Christian Kilroy is a Trinity High School student, in the Computer Networking Program. In his spare time he is an Alter Server at Good Shepard School. He also works as an Umpire for Cumberland Area Association of Baseball Umpires. He currently participates in THS Robotics Club, Cross Country and Track and Field at Trinity High School. He has applied to Baldwin- Wallace, John-Carroll, St. Vincint's, Penn Tech and York Colleges and Universities. He plans to continue his education in Networking or Cybersecurity.
Olivia Foland is a Redland High School student, in the Nursing Program. She is a member of CPAVTS's National Technical Honor Society (NTHS), and serves as the Vice President of her chapter. She is also a member of Health Students of America (HOSA) and serves as her chapter President. She is a cheerleader at Redland High School. Her other activities include her church youth group, where she has participated in a mission trip to Guatemala and Kentucky. She is currently employed at Country Meadows Retirement Home. She has applied to La Salle University and plans to Major in Nursing and attain her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.
Paris Wright is a Mechanicsburg High School student, in the Advertising, Art and Design Program. She is a member of Skills USA/CPAVTS, and competed in the Skills USA State Competition. She also competed in the Skills USA District Competition and received First Place for Advertising, Art and Design. She is a Cooperative Education student at CPAVTS, who is currently employed with Hot Frog Print Media. She has applied to Harrisburg Area Community College and will major in Graphic Design following her career at CPAVTS.
Computer Networking Students Establish New Diagnostic Services
Technology is a necessary part of everyday life, and has introduced countless conveniences people decades ago could only dream of. Unfortunately, when those devices malfunction, it can often be a costly endeavor to repair or replace them. Just recently, the students in the Computer Networking program have launched a computer diagnostic and repair system for CPAVTS staff to take advantage of.
Troubleshooting and repairing computers is a major industry—you can find a place to repair a broken machine at your local Staples or Best Buy—and learning how to diagnose and address issues associated with computers “on the job” is the best way for students to get experience.
“The students are taking laptops from users who have real-world issues—in this case, members of the school’s staff,” said Josh Trayer, Computer Networking instructor. “It’s good for the students to get real experiences instead of just what they can simulate in a lab environment.”
Today, February 3, marks the debut of the service. For now, it is available only to CPAVTS staff, but for the future, Mr. Trayer is exploring options for potentially opening it to the community with set hours of operation during the school day and instituting a help desk run by seniors.
“It helps us prepare for what we would be required to do at a job and helps us develop the social skills needed to interact effectively with customers,” said Evan, a student from West Shore School District.
Students are under Mr. Trayer’s supervision as they interact with customers and perform their work on the devices they are given. The benefits are mutual: Staff can bring their devices in for diagnosis and repair, paying only for the cost of any parts needed, while students gain real-world experience troubleshooting problems without the “safety net” afforded by a project completed in the lab.
“It puts us in a more realistic environment,” said Dalton, a Big Spring student. “We can solve real problems in a more uncontrolled manner—we have to think more on our feet than we do in the classroom.”
Program Spotlight- Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning/Refrigeration
This month's Program Spotlight features the Heating,
Ventilation and Air Conditioning/Refridgeration Program at CPAVTS.
Mr. Pokrivka, affectionately referred to as Mr. P. by most students and staff, has been teaching this program for quite a few years. His students are trained to take care of some of our most important household needs.
You know in the dead of winter, when your heat isn't working, or the dead of summer when your air conditioning unit goes out, these are the guys and girls, you want for the job.
We took the time to touch base with one of Mr. Pokrivka's students to get their impression of the program.
Here is what they had to say:
Summarize what you learn in your program in ONE SENTENCE.
"Identify, install and trouble shoot various systems and components of the HVAC/R field."- CPAVTS HVAC/R Student
What is the hardest part of your program?
"Depending on your natural ability and knowledge of science."- CPAVTS HVAC/R Student
What is the most fun part of your program?
"Learning to solder and braze. Also getting to work with PVC."- CPAVTS HVAC/R Student
What is some recent technology you are learning to use in your program that is specific top your profession?
"We have learned about bluetooth thermostats and ductless minisplits."- CPAVTS HVAC/R Student
What is your plan for after high school?
"Working Full-Time in the HVAC/R field."- CPAVTS HVAC/R Student
What is going to be the highlight of the year in your program?
"Successfully completing the HVAC/R program and achieving full-time employment."- CPAVTS HVAC/R Student
What are you proud of learning how to do in your program?
"How to fix a problem in Air Conditioning units, furnaces and various other units in the HVAC industry."-CPAVTS HVAC/R Student
Explain a typical day in your program.
"Go into classroom and get changed to either work out on the shop floor or sit down for theory. Do your task in packet or what the Instructor tells you to do for the day. Clean up areas and get changed for dismissal on time."- CPAVTS HVAC/R Student
How is your program at CPAVTS different from other classes you have had in the past and can you give examples?
"Very hands-on and have to follow all safety rules."- CPAVTS HVAC/R Student
What advice would you give to a beginning Level 1student who is just starting the program or to a student who is considering enrolling in the program?
"Know how to measure and be ready to work hard. Also, you have to earn where you are in this field by the end of you years here."
-CPAVTS HVAC/R Student
Advocacy Day: Students Reach Out to Legislators about Career and Tech Ed
The greatest supporters Cumberland Perry AVTS could possibly have are its students—for who else is as involved in our programs as the students enrolled in them? CPAVTS utilizes student volunteers for as many outreach initiatives as possible, including its Student Ambassador program (which sends CPAVTS students to their home districts to speak with their peers about the opportunities at Cumberland Perry), but one of the most important of these is the annual excursion to the Capitol: Advocacy Day, a trip to Harrisburg where students have the rare opportunity of meeting their legislators face-to-face.
Said Justin Bruhn, the school Administrative Director, of the trip: “It is important for our legislators to see our students and hear their success stories. Career and Technical Education is a vital component of our schools and communities, and it’s great to see our legislators recognize these students and the impact of the programs at Cumberland Perry.”
This trip has been a tradition for the past three years. Not only is it a great way for students to show their support of their school, but it also gets them involved in their community—and the students always come away with a memorable and positive experience.
“It was awesome!” said John, a Welding student from Big Spring School District. “It was interesting to see the politics of schooling, which I never really knew.”
John, along with several other CPAVTS students, spent the day meeting with Representatives Delozier, Rothman, and Bloom; and with Senator Eichelberger to discuss why career and technical education is important to them and act as advocates, not just for their school, but for CTE schools as a whole.
“I have to say my favorite part was getting to talk to our representatives face to face,” said Victoria from East Pennsboro, a Carpentry student who also participated in the trip. “It was a lot of fun, but it also felt great contributing to making legislators aware of what’s going on here.”
Some additional photos from the trip:
Students Help Improve School Facilities While Learning Their Trade
Hands-on work is a major part of every CPAVTS program, but working in a lab setting, as demonstrated by Cumberland Valley student Brandon to the right, still isn’t the same as a real work environment. As the other programs do, the students in Jason Baney’s Electrical Construction and Maintenance program have found creative ways to get real-world experience—and have been helping their school in the process.
Over the past few years, ECM students have assisted with various repairs and projects on school grounds. Recently, they completed the electric work for a new exhaust fan in the Welding program and changed the lighting in the level one Nursing classroom.
“Everything I do in class is in a controlled environment, and there’s only so much I can teach them in the lab.” said Mr. Baney, “But when I send them into the school to work, they have to think on their feet.”
Other projects that the students have assisted with include installing lighting in the Horticulture greenhouses; installing the x-ray machine in Dental Assisting; running electricity for the exhaust systems in Cosmetology and Masonry; running the wiring for the exterior school doors near Early Childhood Education; and running electricity for both the new CNC machine in the Precision Machine Technology lab area and for two new car lifts in Automotive Technology.
Said Colby, another Cumberland Valley student, of his experience in the program: “When we work in the classroom, it’s not the same as the situations we face outside. In the shop, we deal with simple problems, but outside the shop, we run wiring longer and deal with pipes that aren’t perfectly cut—we deal with more complex problems that can’t be simulated in the lab.”
There are many other projects that Mr. Baney’s students have already completed, and he is constantly on the lookout for more opportunities where they can help out around the building. The students also installed the charging station in the parking lot outside their classroom—you can read more about that project here!