Artistic Achievements: CPAVTS Student Earns Accolades for her Portfolio

3-28-17 Amber Wagner Feature

There are some talented individuals among the student population at Cumberland Perry AVTS, and Amber Wagner, a Newport senior in the Advertising Art and Design program, is one such student.

Recently, Amber won two separate awards for her artwork. The first is a $12,000 scholarship from the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design in Lancaster, PA, which she earned through her portfolio.

“I was really surprised,” said Amber. “I didn’t think I was going to win that much money—or anything, for that matter!”

Earning this scholarship required Amber to submit a portfolio of 10-15 carefully-chosen pieces, followed by a portfolio review where she answered questions about her work. Additionally, she also earned the Silver Key Award—second place in the PA Scholastic Art Awards.

“My art teacher at Northern [High School] had some of us enter our pieces,” Amber said. The piece entered was Amber’s self-portrait drawing that she created in her Advertising Art & Design class at CPAVTS.

In the past, Amber also won the Students for Strides t-shirt design contest—read about this achievement at Amber has proven to be an exceptional artist and student, and we are proud to have her at Cumberland Perry!

CPAVTS Celebrates Its Business Partner of the Year!

3-24-17 BPotY 2017The key to any successful career and technical school is the community that supports it. The Occupational Advisory Committee is a collection of 21 individual “OACs” that provide feedback on developing each of our programs, and these committee members are seasoned professionals with their finger on the pulse of the trends and changes sweeping their industries. Their dedication to providing this knowledge to our instructors is invaluable in keeping our programs as up-to-date as possible.

On March 22, the annual OAC Dinner was held to show appreciation for our committee members. Additionally, CPAVTS recognized its Business Partner of the Year; this time, the award was given to Hippensteel Automotive, Inc. of Newville, PA.

Michael Hippensteel was present to accept the award. Hippensteel Auto has provided automotive repair services since 1969 and has worked closely with CPAVTS’s Automotive Technology program for the past five years. He is a member of the program’s advisory committee and the company has dedicated their time and money to speak at the annual Open House event; deliver vehicles to the school; and provide a scholarship to deserving seniors. Mr. Hippensteel’s expertise and knowledge have been an invaluable asset to the Automotive Technology program as it continues to improve.

The industry professionals who generously offer their time and other resources to improving the quality of education that our students receive is a major factor in why CPAVTS is as successful as it is today. Thanks to our OAC members and Hippensteel Auto, Inc. for their efforts to promote the importance of career and technical education!



Rotary Students of the Month- April 2017

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Jacob Brandt is a Cumberland Valley High School student in the Auto Collision Technology Program. He is a member of Skills USA and competed at the Skills District Competition, taking First place for collision repair. In his spare time, he volunteers at Benny’s Pet Foundation and he is currently employed at Brenner Nissan and TJ Rockwells. He has applied to Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology and plans to major in Collision repair.

Megan Cunningham is a Red Land High School Student in the Dental Assisting Program. Her accomplishments include: participating in softball for Red Land 2014-2015, and the school newspaper for Red land 2015-2016; working for Maple Donuts, August 2016- February 2017; and volunteering for Patriot Camp, for the 2013-2014 year. She has applied to Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) and plans to major in Dental Assisting/Dental Hygiene

Madison McMillan is a West Perry High School student in the Nursing Assistant Program. She is a member of Health Students of American (HOSA) and is a participant in Cumberland Perry’s First Annual Mini-thon for the Four Diamonds Fund. Madison will be starting her clinical at Bethany Village as a part of her graduation requirements for the Nursing Program. Recently, she was accepted to Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) and plans to major in Nursing and attain her associate’s degree.


Cooperative Education Spotlight- Glenn Campbell

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Glenn Campbell, a senior from Susquenita High School enrolled in the Diesel Technology program, is currently employed by Rohrer Bus Service in Duncannon.  As part of the Cooperative Education program, he is capping off his vocational education with some valuable hands on training.  After 2 years of classroom and shop floor training at CPAVTS, the transition to the world of work has been a smooth one for Glenn.  Each day brings a new adventure for him at Rohrer.  Engine diagnostics, steering troubleshooting, electrical problems, brake replacements are all part of the daily task list.  Glen states that he loves the wide variety of jobs he performs and it keeps every day exciting.  With the mechanical aptitude and personal drive Glenn brings to the table, his pairing with Rohrer is sure to last well past graduation.  

Program Spotlight- Electrical Construction & Maintenance

Program Spotlight March 2017The Electrical Construction & Maintenance Program has had some interesting changes going on this school year. Instructor Mr. Baney has had his students install a wire pulling lab recently as an additional part of the hands-on learning section of the program.

Mr. Baney is three-quarters of the way into his second year with the CPAVTS family. He has made quite a few additions to the curriculum in order to better prepare his students to enter the industry.

We wanted to know how he felt about his time here so far, and what his students think of the program.


What was your experience before coming to CPAVTS?

“I was a Commercial Electrician for almost 15 years. I also taught post-secondary electrical for three and a half years.”


What is the most significant new or different aspect to your program this year?

“I have added Motor Control Training to the curriculum.”


What are some of the more common career pathways your students take when they leave CPAVTS?

“The two most common career pathways my students take after graduation are entering Construction Apprenticeship Program, or going to college for Electrical Engineering.”


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

“There is not one particular unit. The employers I talk to want a well-rounded, entry level apprentice, with a base knowledge in several areas.”


What are some of the recent technology and/or trends in the profession with which students become familiar?

“The biggest change in our trade has been LED lighting. It has really taken off over the past couple of years.”


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

“Put your time in, and learn as much as you can during your apprenticeship.”



Summarize what you learn in your program in ONE SENTENCE.

“How to wire different devices, bend conduit, and learn basic electrical theory.”


What is the hardest part of your program?

“Bending ¾” conduit-learning the correct technique is pretty difficult, and the ¾” is just physically difficult to bend.”


What would you say is the most fun part of your program?

“I would say having the device you just wired turn on and work correctly.”


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

“A ridged portable pipe threader.”


What is your plan for after high school?

“Either get a job with an electrical contractor or continue to work with my dad as an electrician in his contracting business.”


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

“Learning how to produce quality electrical work that pays well and makes customers happy.”

Explain a typical day in your program.

“We usually spend a period in the lab, working on a project. Then we are given a lecture on wiring method and clean up before we go home.”


How is your program at CPAVTS different from your other classes you have had in the past?

“It is a lot of fun and I find it interesting. I really enjoy the feeling that I am being prepared for my future as an electrician. We also get to actually work in the school. The real world work environment is great, especially when you can do it in school.”


What advice would you give to a beginning Level 1 student who is just staring the program or a student who is considering enrolling in the program?

“Apply yourself…the returns are great!”