2nd Annual CPAVTS Car Show Kicks off September 17!

9-17-16 Website FeatureThe National Technical Honor Society at Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School is holding their second annual car show on September 17, 2016, this event was re-scheduled from our original date in May.

All makes and models of vehicles are welcome at this year’s show which features eight prize categories including, Best Pre-1972, Best Post-1972, Best Truck, Best Restoration, Judges Choice, and several crowd-chosen prizes. All winners will receive a trophy created by our Welding and Precision Machine Technology Programs.

NTHS member, Olivia Foland is very excited to see what this year’s show will bring after last year’s success of over 250 registered cars and $4,000 raised for the chosen charity, “I think this year will be better than ever,” she said. “And I’m very happy to see the club members taking responsibility for making decisions and getting sponsors.”

Last year, proceeds also went to support the Wounded Warrior Project; based on community suggestions, all funds raised from this year’s event will benefit Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors, Inc.—a veterans’ charity local to Pennsylvania.

“We are very excited to host the 2nd Annual CPAVTS Car Show,” said CPAVTS assistant principal Matthew Brigaman. “[This year], the event features music, a raffle—including donations and gift certificates from several  Cumberland and Perry County businesses—a children’s play area, and food from the our National Home Builder’s Association

We anticipate a big turnout, so come join Cumberland Perry AVTS and our awesome NTHS club members for a fun-filled September 17th!

Participants may register at the show for $10. Admission and parking is free to the public. For more information, like the CPAVTS Car Show on Facebook or contact Megan Cliber, NTHS advisor, at (717)697-0354 x140.

Catching Up With...Kelli Williamson, Class of '84

Williamson Kelli Feature 09-01-16Kelli Williamson, Class of 1984, Mechanicsburg High School, Computer Programming


Kelli Williamson is a 1984 graduate of Mechanicsburg High School and CPAVTS’s Computer Programming course. She is currently employed as a contractor for a government contracting agency and works in the data management and database maintenance sector of the field. Kelli reached out to us to discuss how much CPAVTS and her industry has changed since she was a student here. Here’s what she had to say:


What is your job title and what do you do?

“My title is Senior Professional: Database Administrator. My job is to make sure that data is available to Department of the Navy personnel in a timely manner via the Ordinance Information System. I am also responsible for the backups, restoration, failover, and overall maintenance of the multiple databases that support this application.”


What other employment have you had related to your program area(s) at CPAVTS?

“I was a printer operator, lead operator, program help desk, application programmer, data analyst, and database administrator at Rite Aid Corporation. I have worked at several other companies before my current employer; I have remained a database administrator since I left Rite Aid.”


What additional education and training did you receive after leaving CPAVTS? Where did you receive it? Did you feel CPAVTS prepared you for this?

“I received my B.S. in Systems Programming from Shippensburg University. I also received my Oracle Masters for Oracle RDBMS release 7. I believe that CPAVTS helped me to ease into college better with a solid baseline knowledge of my major.”


How was Cumberland Perry different than your regular high school?

“CPAVTS was more focused on learning a skill that I could use to help me with college or to obtain a job right out of high school. I feel I had an advantage with my future over those that didn’t attend. It also helped me make friends with kids from other schools.”


How has your industry changed since your time at Cumberland Perry?

 “Well, punched cards are no longer used (really dating myself here!). Everything is digital—coding right from the desktop/laptop, code walk-throughs done electronically (via desktop or chat). There are very few, if any, card readers or sorters that need to be programmed. Speed is also drastically increased with bigger bandwidth available, as well as satellite communications.


What is your favorite CPAVTS memory?

 “There are three: First was having the ability to meet other kids from other schools to learn together—my first networking experience. The second was getting a taste of the job side of my studies by being the computer operator for the adult night class taught by Mr. Mull, my classroom teacher. The third was the honor of emceeing the graduation ceremony my senior year.”






05-26-16 NURSAlthough the medical field doesn't undergo changes as rapidly as other fields, aspiring medical professionals still need to make sure they're keeping up with the latest procedures and tools used in the field. Nursing Assistant instructor Kathy Lauver does her part to make sure her students and classroom are ready for action! Technology doesn't play a particularly large role in the program as it does in others, but there are still plenty of tools that ensure students are prepared for their future careers. These are the two major types of equipment:

Simulation Mannequin: These are used to give students practice with various patient scenarios and with checking for a pulse and listening for breathing. The mannequin comes with a microphone so that other students can speak through him and act out how different patients may react to different situations.

Automated Vital Signs Equipment: They do what it says on the tin--and students also practice with manual tools (standard themometers, blood pressure cuffs, etc.) just in case the machines fail!

Of course, equipment isn't the only component of a fulfilling learning experience. In addition to the Penn State Vocational Education courses and attendance at the annual Strategies Conference that are required, Ms. Lauver also manages the CPAVTS HOSA chapter, which includes taking students to the HOSA State Leadership Conference (an annual event that provides students with the opportunity to engage with other professionals and with other students). 

For the students, there are also other opportunities afforded to them as part of their normal curriculum. Representatives from local facilities (this year featured representatives from Visiting Angels, Country Meadows, and Messiah Lifeways) visit the classroom to conduct mock interviews and provide instruction on communication, interview, and employability skills.. The annual clinical trials during senior year also facilitates communication skills, but also gives students a chance to practice their hands-on nursing work.

The "technology" used in the Nursing classroom might not be as flashy as some other disciplines, but Ms. Lauver and her students still work hard to keep their skills up-to-date according to industry trends! 


This article is a continuation of our Tech at CPAVTS series. For the previous article, click here

Charging Stations Pave the Way for the Future

05-19-16 ECM Charging StationElectric cars are becoming more common as time goes on and as the technology continues to advance. Those cars require charging stations the way other vehicles need gas stations, and the students in Mr. Baney's Electrical Construction and Maintenance program received valuable work experience by installing one of these charging stations. 

Once the location was chosen, students ran power lines to it. The project was a collaboration among the ECM students, Horticulture, Welding, and Masonry in order to excavate the area and secure the stations to the ground. After a few weeks of hard work, the students involved learned how to excavate, how to run conduit wires in the ground, and even learned the standard procedure for setting up light poles by wiring through the stations themselves.

"It's great being able to further my skills outside the classroom," said Kyle Lindenmuth, a senior from Northern York. "Mr. Baney letting us work on bigger projects like this helps us get experience for the future."

Although they may not be in use now, the charging stations are set up for the future at CPAVTS. Students, staff, and visitors now and later down the road will have the ability to charge their electric vehicle should they ever have need to!



Cooperative Education Spotlight - Bryce Thompson

Cooperative Education Spotlight - Bryce Thompson

Bryce Thompson started his senior year enrolled in the Horticulture/Landscaping Program at Cumberland Perry AVTS. After the first month of school, Bryce was offered an entry level position with Knisely Land Sculpting Inc. located in Enola. A week later he was a member of the Cooperative Education Program following the “learn while you earn” strategy. Bryce attends East Pennsboro High School in the morning and then reports to work at noon each day. Every day brings on a new task for Bryce, which keeps his interest at a very high level. He just recently assisted with the installment of an extravagant sprinkler system for a returning customer. Owner James Knisely stated he couldn’t be happier with his employee and has even asked if CPAVTS has any others like Bryce. He raved about the skill set, professionalism, and level of maturity that Bryce brings to his company. In the fall, Bryce will be taking his ambition and knowledge to Penn College, where he has been accepted into the Landscape/Horticulture Technology: Landscape Emphasis Program. Bryce couldn’t be happier with his Cooperative Education placement as he commented, “I love coming to work every day”.