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. 

Culinary Students Cook Up Some New Experiences

10-20-16 Culinary Hershey TripPart of any good career and technical education program is the hands-on training provided. The Culinary Arts program at CPAVTS boasts a state-of-the-art kitchen and student-run restaurant that both give students solid experience working in the industry; but, as with any classroom experience, sometimes students also need to reach out beyond school walls and broaden their horizons. On October 17, Chef McGrath’s class did just that.

The students were awake in the early morning hours, beginning their journey at 6:00 a.m. to the Hershey Country Club. They pulled a 16 hour day, preparing everything from hamburgers to vegetable trays to salads for lunch and cooking up steaks for dinner—approximately 300 steaks, to be exact!

And the students weren’t alone either: Along with Chef McGrath and two other trip chaperones, Sue Roquemore and Ann Burk, two CPAVTS Culinary Arts alumni, as well as several members of the local chefs’ union assisted with all of the kitchen work. Students also had the opportunity to work with equipment not currently available in their program, such as a commercial vegetable steamer. All of their hard work ended with an American Culinary Federation meeting where students listened to other chefs present and had the opportunity to network with them.

“There was so much we learned,” said Red Land High School student Amanda, “It was fascinating working with the chefs and learning about everything we can do in this profession. It’s really eye-opening, and it helps to figure out what role you want to play in the kitchen—whether it’s grilling or baking pastries!”

The entire experience is once-in-a-lifetime. Said Chef McGrath, “It’s unheard of for most people to find work in a country club, let alone for students. The business is just so competitive, so this trip was truly a great experience for them.”

This trip was also part community service, benefitting the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association, which in turn provides scholarships that students could end up earning later. Additionally, some funds generated from the event were given to Camp Cadet, a state police venture for underprivileged youth, and to the American Culinary Federation.

“It wasn’t what I expected—I thought it would be a lot more difficult!” said Cumberland Valley student Logan. “But it was fun, and it was nice learning how to work in a more fast-paced atmosphere.”

The enterprising students in the Culinary Arts program run their own restaurant, the Culinary Café, which is open to the public. For more information, visit or