Cooperative Education Spotlight-Darien Stewart
Cooperative Education Spotlight- Darien Stewart
Every day Monday through Friday, Darien Stewart leaves East Pennsboro High School just before noon to make sure he gets to work on time. Darien, a senior enrolled in the Electronics Technology program at Cumberland Perry AVTS, is currently employed by K&C Communications in Harrisburg where he is capping off his 3 years of education with some valuable on the job training.
Darien will often be given the task of removing/installing radio packages, removing/installing lighting, and troubleshooting wiring components in emergency vehicles for The State Police and local Fire Departments.
He has plans to take his tools and skillset to Pittsburgh Institute of Aviation next fall. His training at CPAVTS has allowed the transition to the workforce to be a successful one, for both him and his employer. Darien has set goals for himself, stuck to them, and appears on a career path for success!!!
Program Spotlight-Diesel Technology
Catching Up With...Anthony "Tony" Minium, Class of '94
Anthony "Tony" Minium, Class of 1994, East Pennsboro High School, Criminal Justice
Anthony "Tony" Minium is a 1994 graduate of East Pennsboro High School and CPAVTS's Criminal Justice Program. He is currently employed with the Borough of Steelton Police Department and is the Chief of Police. Tony shared with us how his experience at CPAVTS has affected his career and how his industry has changed. Here is what he had to say:
What is your job title and what do you do?
"I am the Chief of Police for the Borough of Steelton Police Department, overseeing and responsible for 17 employees and a 1.9 million dollor budget."
What other employment have you had related to your program areas at CPAVTS?
"Military Police Sergeant, USAR, Department of Defense Police Sergent, DOD and Patrolman/Detective, Steelton Borough, PD."
What additional education and training did you receive after leaving CPAVTS? Where did you receive it?
" Military Police School with the US Army, Department of Defense Police Academy in Aberdeen, MD, Criminal Justice Degree at American Military University, and Police Supervisor/Police Executive School at Penn State."
How was Cumberland Perry different than your regular high school?
"Cumberland perry gave me the hands on experience to ensure that law enforcement was in face the career I wanted to pursue. Mr. Page provided the foundation to a successful career. The nice part about Mr. Page is that his is current in the field and is known by everyone in the Central Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Community."
How has your industry changed since your time at Cumberland Perry as far as technology, standards, equipment, etc?
"Today, community policing is the strategy used by just about all police departments. No longer can an officer just work for a jurisdiction, but they are required to be a part of the community in which they serve."
What is your favorite memory of CPAVTS?
"Mr. Page's unarmed, self-defense course."
CPAVTS Outreach: Spreading the Word about Career and Tech Ed to Potential Students
Cumberland Perry AVTS prides itself on its connections with the community, and it is these ties that help support outreach initiatives to middle and high school students in the area. Tours, Open House Night, school visits, student ambassadors—all of these are just a few ways that CPAVTS reaches out to local students.
When a school year starts, CPAVTS staff immediately goes to work bringing information to sending school districts, and they don’t stop until the year is over. First come meetings between CPAVTS staff and sending district administrators; high school counselors; and high school and middle school teachers. These meetings serve to inform sending district staff and faculty of CPAVTS’s program offerings and the benefits of a Cumberland Perry education, with the idea that counselors and teachers can spread the information to their students in turn.
CPAVTS staff and teachers also visit district schools to spread the news about career and technical education. Teachers present to high school and middle school students, providing in-depth information on what their programs have to offer.
“A start to getting students interested in a career program at Cumberland Perry AVTS is through our orientations and tours, and attending our open house,” said Al Parrillo, Supervisor of Pupil Personnel Services. “With orientation, our counselors visit all our sending schools to discuss the option of attending CPAVTS. The next step is tours: Students from all our sending schools in 8th and 9th grades visit our school to explore and see our career programs.”
Fall Tour Day, occurring this Wednesday, October 26, is exclusively for middle school students to tour CPAVTS, guided by current students, to tour the school and begin thinking about attending Cumberland Perry before high school. After that, CPAVTS hosts Open House, a single night running on November 10 from 5:00-7:30 p.m.; this is a great opportunity for students to get a “behind the scenes” look at the programs available. CPAVTS teachers and members of each program’s Occupational Advisory Committee (a panel of industry professionals who advise instructors on improvements that can be made to their programs in order to keep up with industry trends). These committees also meet twice a year at CPAVTS to discuss the state of their programs.
Dr. Parrillo says, “On November 10, students can bring their parents or guardians to attend Open House to finalize their career decision to attend our school. The last step would be for students to see their school counselor to complete an application!”
There is also “A Night at Cumberland Perry,” a different kind of tour where students interested in career and technical education can sign up to tour two programs from a selection of offerings and receive a hands-on experience from instructors and current students.
Cumberland Perry AVTS would not be nearly as successful as it is without support from the community. From tours, to collaboration with district counselors and instructors, to advice from industry professionals, it’s a group effort to bring information on CPAVTS to student ears that can’t be accomplished through advertisement and social media alone. Career and technical education is rapidly increasing in demand, and it’s with the community’s help that each new generation of students learns about the benefits of learning a trade.
Program Spotlight- Masonry
Scott Weber is the new Masonry Program Instructor this school year.
We took the time to find out what Scott has in mind as he looks at the change of the tides in his shop. He already has students working on a great wall in the Masonry shop. He even has found time to lend a helping hand to other Program areas this school year. Let's see what Scott has to say...
What is the most significant aspect of your program this year?
"We're starting over. Teaching everyone the new way that employers look for work to be done."
What are some of the more common career pathways your students will take when they leave CPAVTS?
"Anything from Union, to residential. Also students join the military."
What particular training/unit do employers seek that helps students get their foot in the door?
"Post secondary education, technical school and also references are important."
What is some of the recent technology and/or trends in the profession with which students become familiar?
"Cutoff saws, Forklift training, Hammer Drills, and Climbing Scaffolding."
What unit/topic do students struggle with the most in your program? Why do you think that is?
"Level, Plum, Reading a ruler." "I think it's because most students don't already know how to do that coming into the Program."
"Also safety habits/OSHA practices." "Because of the many rules and regulations."
Explain a typical day in your Program.
"Each student must fill out a time card and answer an Essential Question. Students must then go into the shop and work on the projects they designed or I assigned to them."
What Advice would you give students who have completed your program?
"Never give up, always be open to ideas and advice. Always do work for others as if it was going to be for you."
This is your first year teaching at CPAVTS. What is your experience before coming to CPAVTS?
"Dauphin County Votech Graduate in 1985 from the masonry shop. I worked 2 years residential, served a brick layer apprenticeship with Local 5, and became a supervisor for a local union masonry company as an apprentice. I was a Supervisor for 27 years in the union. I started my experience with CPAVTS this September."
Thank you to Mr. Weber for taking the time to answer our questions, and we are delighted to have him join us this school year.