Program Spotlight-Diesel Technology

Program Spotlight - Dieselnovember 2016 spotlight
Doug Krepps and Jost Otstott are both new Diesel Program Instructors.  When looking at starting fresh with a new perspective and such recent industry experience, we were intrigued to find out how things have progressed so far for these instructors. We took the time to check in with them, as well as some of their students to see how the start of this 2016/2017 school year is going.  Here is what they had to say:
Teachers and Students: What is the most significant or different aspect of your program this year?
"The program has two new instructors this year and we will be working together to apply our current industry experience and expectations into the program."- Doug Krepps/Diesel II Instructor
"So far this year, I have learned how to drill and tap holes and how to tear the external parts off of a diesel engine."-Dale/Diesel Student
Teachers and Students: What are some of the more common career pathways your students take when they leave CPAVTS? What are some of your students plans for after high school?
"The trucking industry is the primary path that most of our students take, however agriculture and construction equipment are also options. The program would be useful in any career that involved diesel engines."-Doug Krepps/ Diesel II Instructor
"Technician at a dealer or fleet company. Heavy equipment mechanic or owner/operator truck driver."- Jost Otstott/Diesel I Instuctor
"I want to work as a diesel mechanic on an oil rig or for a large business."- Wyatt/Diesel Student
"My plan for after high school would be to go to a diesel institute and continue my training and also join the Navy."-Jacob/Diesel Student
Teachers: What particular training/unit do employers seek that helps students get their foot in the door?
"Basic hand tool knowledge, basic part identification and employability skills."- Jost Otstott/Diesel I Instructor
"Electrical training. Most of the problems that technicians see are related to electrical systems; lights, wiring and engine sensors."
-Doug Krepps/Diesel II Instructor
Teachers: What is some of the recent technology and/or trends in the profession with which students become familiar?
"Emission controls and electronic fault diagnosis."- Doug Krepps/Diesel II Instructor
"Aftertreatment systems (emission control), Data link communication and high pressure fuel rail systems."-Jost Otstott/Diesel I Instructor
Teachers and Students: What unit/topic do students struggle with in your program and why do you think that is?
"Measurement and Math."- Jost Otstott/Diesel I Instuctor
"Electrical; With Mechanical parts you can see what they do and how they interact. Electricity involves more theory. You can't see the problem so you need to undestand the concepts behind it to understand how and why it works."-Doug Krepps/Diesel II Instructor
"Using your knowledge to figure out real world situations."-Skylar/Diesel Student
Teachers and Students: Explain a typical day in your program.
"We start off with class in theory once students are done with their daily warm up assignment, they are allowed to go in the shop to work on whatever task they are doing."-Jost Otstott/Diesel I Instructor
"When students arrive they sign in and change into their uniform. We have about 20 minutes of theory in the classroom. Students then go into the shop to work on assigned projects for the remainder of their day."-Doug Krepps/Diesel II Instructor
"Working on engines, doing book work to figure out more about the task."-Dale/Diesel Student
"Come in and change. Sit down for warm up assignment, go into the shop to work on engines, then head to social studies. Then come back and get changed before theory and dismissal."-Jake/Diesel Student
Teachers: What advice would you give to students who have completed your program? 
"Work smarter, not harder. Continue to learn, don't just ask how, but why?"-Doug Krepps/Diesel II Instructor
"Don't be afraid of change. Every day in this trade technology is evolving. You need to keep an open mind."-Jost Otstott/Diesel I Instructor
Teachers: What is your experience before coming to CPAVTS?
"My 22 year long resume includes: mechanic, tow truck operator, road service, training lead and shop supervisor."-Doug Krepps/Diesel II Instructor
"Diesel technician at Motor Truck Equipment/Kenworth of PA, from 2002-2005. Mill operator/maintenance mechanic with Pennsy Supply/ Old Castle Industrial Minerals from 2005-2008. Diesel Technician at Motor Truck Equipment Company/Kenworth of PA, from 2008-2016."
- Jost Otstott/Diesel I Instructor
Students: What is going to be the highlight of the year in your program?
"Rewiring the Cummins ISX that had the DEF unit on it. To be able to run and operate it as a working unit."
Students: What advice would you give to a beginning level I student who is just staring the program or a student who is considering enrolling in the program?
"To keep all handouts in an orderly fashion in your binder."-Cole/Diesel Student
"Know that you're going to work and need to pay attention."-Chandler/Diesel Student
"Listen and take your time the first year with the block project."- Cody/Diesel Student
"I would say Diesel is a good program, but if you want to achieve anything you need to maintain a good work ethic."-Caleb/Diesel Student

Catching Up With...Anthony "Tony" Minium, Class of '94

Anthony "Tony" Minium, Class of 1994, East Pennsboro High School, Criminal JusticeTony Minium November 2016 alumni


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

logo- CP teal gold 2013Cumberland 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 program teacher spotlight-oct 2016has 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. 

Rotary Students of the Month-November 2016

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Madelyn Harbold is a West Perry High School Student, in the Criminal Justice Program. She is a Student Ambassador at CPAVTS and is the Yearbook Editor at West Perry. She enjoys playing Softball for West Perry in her spare time and is currently employed at Karns and Mamma's Pizza. She has been recognized as an Honor Roll student at CPAVTS. She plans to continue her Education at a College/University TBD and major in Pathology.

Genevieve Wilson is a Boiling Springs High School Student, in the Nursing Assistant Program. She is a member of Health Occupations Students of America/ HOSA, CPAVTS and the Treasurer and also a member of National Technical Honor Society, CPAVTS and Student Ambassadors. She has been recognized as Student of the Quarter and made the Honor Roll at CPAVTS. She enjoys playing Softball and Volunteers at Carlisle Art Learning Center in her spare time. She is currently employed at Chapel Point and plans to continue her education by applying to Spelman College for Pre-Med. 

Michael Porter is a Cumberland Valley High School Student, in the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Program. He is President of the National Association of Home Builders, NAHB, CPAVTS. He Volunteered his time to the CPAVTS Car Show and also to the local food bank. He has been recognized as an Honor Roll Student at CPAVTS. He plans to continue his education at Harrisburg Area Community College, HACC or Thaddeus Stevens, for Heating, Ventiliation and Air Conditioning.