Rotary Students of the Month-October 2016

Rotary Students October 2016Austin Sipe is an East Pennsboro Student in the Horticulture/Landscaping Program. He is a member of FFA (Secretary) and competed in FFA State Competition. He is also a member of the National Association of Homebuilders. He participates in Baseball and Wrestling through East Pennsboro. He also placed 2nd in his landscaping design and 3rd for his Poinsettia entry at the PA Farm Show for his Horiculture submissions. He plans to attend college and continue to study Landscaping.

Summer Shunk is a Greenwood Student in our Nursing Program. She is a member of Health Occupations Students of America/HOSA, CPAVTS. She has be recongnized as an Honor Roll Student at CPAVTS. She plans to continue her education and attend Harrisburg Area Community College to become a Radiology Technician.

Romy Carter is a Cedar Cliff Student in the Dental Assistant Program. She is a member of Bible Club, FCA, Fine Arts AG, Youth Group at the Movement, Christian Life Assembly and participates in Missions work in Greece. She plays Tennis for Cedar Cliff and is a member of NHS/Cedar Cliff, NTHS/CPAVTS and was recongnized at Student of the Quarter and Honor Roll for CPAVTS. She plans to attend a two year college for Dental Hygiene.

Program Spotlight - Computer Networking

09-22-16 CN FeatureComputer Networking is a program brand-new to CPAVTS this year. It focuses on the design, implementation, and management of linked systems of computers, peripherals, and associated software to maximize productivity—in short, students will learn the more complex and challenging aspects of various network systems. Mr. Trayer is working hard to transition both old and new students into the program, and has the curriculum all mapped out to provide the instruction needed to succeed in the workplace after graduation. Here is what he has to say:


What is the most significant aspect of the program?


“Obtaining a CISCO certification. CISCO basically runs the internet—it’s  major player when talking about routers and switches, and they’re the cream of the crop when it comes to producing those devices. It’s basically the Duracell of this industry; they’re the most trusted brand out there. Employers trust them, and anyone who can pass their certification (it’s a very difficult certification to pass!) can basically work anywhere.”

What are some potential career/post-secondary pathways students might take after they graduate from this program?


“PC Support Technicians, Computer Network Architects, Computer Networking Support Specialists, and Networking Computer System Administrators.”

What training will students get from the program that employers seek and that will help them get their foot in the door?

“They’ll be working towards their A+ certification, which is for computer repair and support. There’s also their CISCO CCNA certification, which is the most significant. And finally they’ll learn the fundamentals of how networks operate, how to set up routers and switches, and how to set up long-distance networks.”

What will be the most challenging topic/unit for students to handle?

“CISCO routing and switching. This year will be their easiest year; next year they move on to networking fundamentals, and routing and switching. It’s all text-based programming—basically taking all of the coded commands that happen when you click a button on your computer and manually telling the computer to do that for you.”

Explain a typical day in the classroom:


“A typical day starts with the students coming in and taking attendance, then I usually have an assignment, or a demonstration and an assignment for them. Once they receive their assignments, they log onto the online course campus and complete those. There’s usually some sort of lecture or demonstration every day along with their assignments.”

This is what our students—one continuing from last year and one beginning fresh this year— have to say about the program:

What is your favorite topic that’s been covered so far?
“Computer disassembly.”

“Learning about the components inside of a computer.”


What topic are you looking forward to covering the most?

“Computer assembly so I can learn how to build my own!”

“Learning how to apply for jobs and how these topics we’re covering will help me in the future.”

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