AUTOC - 12-14-16Accidents happen, and when they do, repair work needs to be completed at a level greater than any routine maintenance. Students in the Automotive Collision program at CPAVTS learn the ins and outs of repairing extensive structural damage done to vehicles, and the field is stronger than ever—particularly in Central PA. These are just some of the tools and equipment students are required to master as part of their studies:

  •          PPG Mixing System – A machine that allows for mixing any color that comes off the factory lot.
  •         Laser Frame Measuring Equipment – This is a set of tools that uses laser measuring when fixing frames with a frame alignment machine; typically, these are used on vehicles that have sustained heavy damage.
  •         Waterborne Paint Booth Set-Up – Used to spray industry standard low VOC paint supplies.
  •          5-Post Chief Frame Machine – Allows for completing frame repairs at any angle. This is extremely useful in fixing damage done in harder to reach areas of the vehicle.
  •          180 Dual MIG Welders – Industry standard welding machines used to make precise welds when repairing vehicles.
  •         Accudraft Spray Guns – Tools with interchangeable tips to allow for precision in any type of painting job and for easy cleaning and changing.

These machines and tools are vital to the industry, but knowing how to utilize this equipment is only its most effective when paired with instructor Brenton Yaukey’s constant efforts to stay up-to-date with industry standards. To this end, he ensures that he is familiar with the latest I-CAR classes and with any vehicles or products students will find in the industry. He is also making arrangements to provide I-CAR welding certifications to students as well as lessons on aluminum welding.

The combination of hands-on learning and instructor knowledge ensures that students in the Automotive Collision program receive the best education they possibly can, and that they are always abreast of industry standards—and any changes made to the field. With all of these efforts combined, students graduating from this program are set to become masters of automotive structural repair!

This article is a continuation of our Tech at CPAVTS series. Click Here for the previous entry!

Cooperative Education Spotlight- Hunter Grimes

December 2016 Coop Spotlight

Have you ever had an issue with your hot water heater, toilet, water faucet, or sewer line?  If you haven’t, consider yourself lucky!  If you have, there is a pretty good chance you called a business like Jones Plumbing, Inc. in Carlisle.  Every morning at Jones Plumbing, you will find Hunter Grimes assisting customers with household water issues.  Hunter, a senior enrolled in the HVAC program at Cumberland Perry AVTS, is currently taking advantage of the “learn while you earn” program called Cooperative Education.  After reporting to work each day, he will go on local service calls in the morning and then report to Big Spring High School in the afternoon.  His supervisor, Jason Wetzel, raves about the skill set, professionalism, and level of maturity that Hunter brings to the company.  After 2 years of training from CPAVTS, the transition from the classroom to the workforce has been a successful one that benefits both Hunter and Jones Plumbing.  Next fall, Hunter will be taking his ambition and knowledge to Shippensburg University where he plans to pursue a degree in Business.  It appears as though Hunter has a pretty good grasp on his Career Path!

A Penny War Brings Warm Clothes and Great Stories to Children in Need

12-08-16 ECE Penny WarThe season of giving is upon us, and with it comes the penny drive run by Nancy Reitzel’s Early Childhood Education students. But this isn’t any regular old penny drive—this is a penny war dedicated to a good cause. For the past two years, students in Mrs. Reitzel’s class have taken up their post at the front doors as students enter the building and enticed their peers to donate to their charity of choice.

“We stand in the hall and hold a poster for others to see as they walk in and hold out buckets to collect change,” said Ava from West Perry, “A lot of students will stop and ask what the donations are for; some will donate right away, and some will come back later.”

This year, proceeds from the penny war will go towards purchasing new pajamas for children in need as part of Scholastic Reading Club’s “Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive”, which matches one book to one pair of pajamas donated and gives them to children living in group homes, shelters, foster care, and orphanages.

Since the Pajama Program’s inception in 2009, over 400,000 pairs of new pajamas were donated alongside over 700,000 new books.

And, of course, it wouldn’t be a penny war without a little competition! Every year, other programs throughout CPAVTS participate in collecting donations; the program who earns the most money is treated to an ice cream party at the end!

“I think our biggest competition is Diesel, since they won so decisively last year!” Said Kamille, a Big Spring student. “But it’s all in good fun, and everything goes to a great cause!”

Last year, the students raised enough money to purchase 36 pairs of pajamas; this year, they hope to achieve even more!



Rotary Students of the Month- January 2017

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Crysta Waller is a Redland High School student, in the Cosmetology Program. She is a member of National Honor Society/Redland and an Honor Roll and Student of the Quarter at CPAVTS. She is currently employed with Walmart as an apparel associate. She volunteers for school activities such as tutoring. She is also in a History class at HACC. She plans to follow her career at CPAVTS by attending Harrisburg Area Community College for two years and then transferring to Millersville University to continue her studies in Special Education/Elementary Education.


Isacc Somerville is a Trinity High School student, in the Automotive Technolgy Program. He participates in school activities, such as football and basketball at Trinity. He is an Honor Roll and Student of the Quarter at CPAVTS. He is currently employed by Bruner's Service Center through the Cooperative Education Program at CPAVTS. He also volunteers at his church in his spare time. Following his career at CPAVTS, he plans to attend Pennsylvania College of Technology to continue his education in General Automotive studies. 


Victoria Heisey is a East Pennsboro High School student, in the Carpentry Program. She is a member of the National Association of Home Builders/CPAVTS and serves as the Treasurer of her chapter. She participates in Softball and French Club at East Pennsboro. She is an Honor Roll and Student of the Quarter at CPAVTS. She participates in Keystone Assault, Semi-pro football. She is currently employed by Accessibility Solutions 360 and Legacy Property Care. She also is a volunteer builder for East Pennsboro Marching Band. She has applied to Clemson, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech and Pitt to study Forensic Anthropology or Construction Management. 


Program Spotlight- Nursing Assistant

The Nursing Assistant Program at CPAVTS has grown in size this 2016/2017 school year.

Instuctor Kathy Lauver previously taught the course solo, but is joined thisprogram spotlight 2016 school year by previous Health Career Technology Instuctor, Kim Olcese as well as students who were previously enrolled in the HCT program. Ms. Olcese is teaching level I and II  Nursing students while Mrs. Lauver teaches Senior/level III students.

The students will need to be prepared for not only their school NOCTI evaluations (both hands on and written testing), but also completeing their clinicals. Students in the Nursing Program may obtain industry certifications (CPR/FA, PA Nurse Aide, Direct Care Worker)

We took the time take have a Q & A with some Nursing Students this year and Instructor, Ms. Olcese. Here is what they had to say:


Students: Summarize what you learn in your program in ONE SENTENCE (if you can)

" In the Nursing Program, we learn the basics for caring for another individual in a health care setting."

-Senior Nursing Student

"Throughout our years at Cumberland Perry, we learn medical terminology, skills and body systems to prepare ourselves for our certification."-Nursing Student


Instructors: What unit/topic do students struggle with the most in this program? Why do you think that is?

"Medical terminology; because it is like learning a new language."- Kim Olcese/ CPAVTS Nursing Instructor


Students: What is the hardest part of your program?

"Completing all of BIO 105 and NA hours at the same time, and having similar due dates."- Senior Nursing Student

"Learning the medical terminology." -Nursing Student


Instructors: What particular training/unit do employers seek that helps students get their foot in the door?

"Having their CNA certification is a definite plus, but just having the medical terminology and basic skills learned here is an advantage."

- Kim Olcese/CPAVTS Nursing Instructor


Students: What is the most fun part of your program?

"Practicing skills and forming relationships with peers that share my passion."- Nursing Student


Students: What is some recent technology you are learning to use in your program that is specific to your profession?

"I learned how to operate the SIMS manikin that talks, groans, breathes and coughs like a real person. It is very cool to interact with."

- Senior Nursing Student

"The SIMS manikin, bed and vital sign machine."- Nursing Student


Students: What is your plan for after high school?

"I plan to attend either Wilkes or IUP for college. I will major in nursing. I will also be working in a hospital or a nursing home with my CNA certification."

-Senior Nursing Student

"I am going to attend HACC to get my bachelor's degree in science and nursing, and get my registered nurse degree."- Nursing Student


Instructors: What advice would you give students who have completed your program?

"Never be afraid to learn new things. Healthcare offers so much for people who are up for the challenge." -Kim Olcese/CPAVTS Nursing Instructor


Students: What is going to be the highlight of the year in your program?

"Getting my CNA."- Nursing Student

"Going to conferences." - Nursing Student

"Going out to clinicals and being able to experience what the work force will be like."-Nursing Student

"Pertaining to being a Senior, passing the NOCTI test and completing clinicals will be the best part of the year in my shop."- Senior Nursing Student


Students: What are you proud of learning how to do in your program?

"Being able to take care of the older generation." -Nursing Student

"Caring for another individual and making them comfortable in their living enviroment."- Senior Nursing Student


Instructors/Students: Explain a typical day in your program.

" The three different levels do their own lessons. As a level III (Senior), we come in and complete nurse aide hours as we do our chapter work. We also work on BIO 105, which is like vocab for us. We may also be working on our hands on skills."- Senior Nursing Student

" Level I: medical terminology, social studies, lecture for the day and time to work on book work or skills."- Kim Olcese/ CPAVTS Nursing Instuctor


Students: How is your program at CPAVTS different from other classes you have had in the past? Can you give some examples?

"It's different because it is more of a hands on experience. You get to do skills on the manikins to make sure you know the skills and you get better at it."- Nursing Student

"This program requires a lot of time and the ability to apply yourself. There are skills that you must learn and complete in order to pass and get your certification. You learn basic skills such as handwashing, transferring, grooming and basic care of another person."- Senior Nursing Student


Instructors: What is your experience before coming to CPAVTS?

"I've been an RN for 21 years. I worked in long term care for Five years and acute care for 16 years. My background is primarily cardiopulmonary." "I still work in industry at Pinnacle Health in the Emergency Room Observation Unit."- Kim Olcese/CPAVTS Nursing Instructor


Students: What advice would you giving to a beginning level I student who is just starting the program or to a student who is considering enrolling in the program?

"Do the work, don't cheat the system. It'll be worth it in the end because it is only to help you."- Nursing Student

"You should be well organized and be able to have time to study."- Nursing Student

"Understand and USE time management to the best of your abilities. If you are serious about completing this course, you MUST push yourself to accomplish goals, and have a passion for caring for others, especially the elderly!"- Senior Nursing Student