Catching Up With...Caitlin Thumma, Class of '13

Caitlin Thumma, Class of 2013, Cedar Cliff High School, Cosmetology

Caitlin Thumma is a 2013 graduate of Cedar Cliff High School and CPAVTS's Cosmetology Program. Caitlin came in as a guest speaker recently and discussed finance and enterpreneurship with current Cosmetology students at CPAVTS. She graciously took some time to answer our questions about what she has done with her area of study since leaving Votech.Alumni Spotlight February 2017

Here is what she had to say:


Describe the company or industry in which you currently work.

"I am currently a Salon Owner of Shear Crossings."- Caitlin Thumma


What other employment have you had related to your program areas at CPAVTS?

"I do hair at a local funeral home."- Caitlin Thumma

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

"Very prepared, but always learning new things. I have attended hair shows, Webinars and classes of all kinds in the field of Cosmetology."- Caitlin Thumma

How was Cumberland Perry different than your regular high school?

"It was one of the greatest experiences I could have asked for and it taught me much more specific information, regarding my industry. It was amazing."- Caitlin Thumma

How was your industry changed since your time at Cumberland Perry? (technology, equipment, etc.)

"Cosmetology is constantly changing and you always need to be educated and up to date on new practices and techniques."- Caitlin Thumma


What is your favorite CPAVTS Memory?

"Winning second place at Skills USA. Getting my license the April before I graduated from CPAVTS."- Caitlin Thumma

Rotary Student of the Month- February 2017

SOM February 2017 change

Corissa Criley is a Susquenita High School student, in the Nursing Program. She plays Softball at Susquenita and also is on Student Council. She is a member of Susquenita's Leo Club. She is a member of Health Students of America (HOSA) at CPAVTS, and serves as her chapter Secretary. She is also a member of CPAVTS's National Technical Honor Society (NTHS), and serves as her chapter President. She is an honor roll student (CPAVTS) and student of the quarter (CPAVTS). She is currently employed with Giant Food Stores. She plans to follow her career at CPAVTS by attending Harrisburg Area Community College, to pursue her RN in Nursing.

Rotary Students of the Month - March 2017

Christian Kilroy is a Trinity High School student, in the Computer Networking Program. In his spare time he is an Alter Server at Good Shepard School. He also works as an Umpire for Cumberland Area Association of Baseball Umpires. He currently participates in THS Robotics Club, Cross Country and Track and Field at Trinity High School. He has applied to Baldwin- Wallace, John-Carroll, St. Vincint's, Penn Tech and York Colleges and Universities. He plans to continue his education in Networking or Cybersecurity. 


Olivia Foland is a Redland High School student, in the Nursing Program. She is a member of CPAVTS's National Technical Honor Society (NTHS), and serves as the Vice President of her chapter. She is also a member of Health Students of America (HOSA) and serves as her chapter President. She is a cheerleader at Redland High School. Her other activities include her church youth group, where she has participated in a mission trip to Guatemala and Kentucky. She is currently employed at Country Meadows Retirement Home. She has applied to La Salle University and plans to Major in Nursing and attain her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. 


Paris Wright is a Mechanicsburg High School student, in the Advertising, Art and Design Program. She is a member of Skills USA/CPAVTS, and competed in the Skills USA State Competition. She also competed in the Skills USA District Competition and received First Place for Advertising, Art and Design. She is a Cooperative Education student at CPAVTS, who is currently employed with Hot Frog Print Media. She has applied to Harrisburg Area Community College and will major in Graphic Design following her career at CPAVTS. 

Computer Networking Students Establish New Diagnostic Services

2-3-17 CNET Computer RepairTechnology is a necessary part of everyday life, and has introduced countless conveniences people decades ago could only dream of. Unfortunately, when those devices malfunction, it can often be a costly endeavor to repair or replace them. Just recently, the students in the Computer Networking program have launched a computer diagnostic and repair system for CPAVTS staff to take advantage of.

Troubleshooting and repairing computers is a major industry—you can find a place to repair a broken machine at your local Staples or Best Buy—and learning how to diagnose and address issues associated with computers “on the job” is the best way for students to get experience.

“The students are taking laptops from users who have real-world issues—in this case, members of the school’s staff,” said Josh Trayer, Computer Networking instructor. “It’s good for the students to get real experiences instead of just what they can simulate in a lab environment.”

Today, February 3, marks the debut of the service. For now, it is available only to CPAVTS staff, but for the future, Mr. Trayer is exploring options for potentially opening it to the community with set hours of operation during the school day and instituting a help desk run by seniors.

“It helps us prepare for what we would be required to do at a job and helps us develop the social skills needed to interact effectively with customers,” said Evan, a student from West Shore School District.

Students are under Mr. Trayer’s supervision as they interact with customers and perform their work on the devices they are given. The benefits are mutual: Staff can bring their devices in for diagnosis and repair, paying only for the cost of any parts needed, while students gain real-world experience troubleshooting problems without the “safety net” afforded by a project completed in the lab.

“It puts us in a more realistic environment,” said Dalton, a Big Spring student. “We can solve real problems in a more uncontrolled manner—we have to think more on our feet than we do in the classroom.”





Skills Regionals

Program Spotlight- Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning/Refrigeration

This month's Program Spotlight features the Heating,

Ventilation and Air Conditioning/Refridgeration Program at CPAVTS.

Mr. Pokrivka,Program Spotlight HVAC affectionately referred to as Mr. P. by most students and staff, has been teaching this program for quite a few years. His students are trained to take care of some of our most important household needs. 

You know in the dead of winter, when your heat isn't working, or the dead of summer when your air conditioning unit goes out, these are the guys and girls, you want for the job. 

 We took the time to touch base with one of Mr. Pokrivka's students to get their impression of the program.

Here is what they had to say:


Summarize what you learn in your program in ONE SENTENCE.

"Identify, install and trouble shoot various systems and components of the HVAC/R field."- CPAVTS HVAC/R Student


What is the hardest part of your program?

"Depending on your natural ability and knowledge of science."- CPAVTS HVAC/R Student


What is the most fun part of your program?

"Learning to solder and braze. Also getting to work with PVC."- CPAVTS HVAC/R Student


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

"We have learned about bluetooth thermostats and ductless minisplits."- CPAVTS HVAC/R Student


What is your plan for after high school?

"Working Full-Time in the HVAC/R field."- CPAVTS HVAC/R Student


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

"Successfully completing the HVAC/R program and achieving full-time employment."- CPAVTS HVAC/R Student


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

"How to fix a problem in Air Conditioning units, furnaces and various other units in the HVAC industry."-CPAVTS HVAC/R Student


Explain a typical day in your program.

"Go into classroom and get changed to either work out on the shop floor or sit down for theory. Do your task in packet or what the Instructor tells you to do for the day. Clean up areas and get changed for dismissal on time."- CPAVTS HVAC/R Student


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

"Very hands-on and have to follow all safety rules."- CPAVTS HVAC/R Student


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

"Know how to measure and be ready to work hard. Also, you have to earn where you are in this field by the end of you years here."