Catching Up With ... Brian Kirkpatrick '12

Brian Kirkpatrick, Class of 2012, Cumberland Valley High School, Electrical Construction and Maintenance (EC/M)


Brian Kirkpatrick is a 2012 graduate of CPAVTS and Cumberland Valley High School. Brian was a student in our Electrical Construction and Maintenance (EC/M) program. He is currently employed by BBEC, Inc. Electrical Contractors, where he is involved in many aspects of the industry, including residential, commercial, industrial electrical construction and motor controls. Brian visited with us on our Open House night to talk to prospective students about the program and his experiences here and with the IEC (Independent Electrical Contractors) apprenticeship in which he enrolled upon graduation. This is what he has to say:

What is your job title and what do you do?

            “4-year Apprentice. I work on residential wiring, pipe work, distribution, lighting controls, print reading, fire alarms, and motor controls.”


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

            “I worked at Cheran Inc. for 6 months and then BBEC Inc. for 5 years.”


What additional education and training did you receive after leaving CPAVTS?

            “I enrolled in the IEC Apprencticeship. Yes, CPAVTS was a great start for me. It really got me prepared for the IEC. I had a head start over the rest of the class.”


How was Cumberland Perry different than your regular high school?

            “Class was very specific and in-depth on topics which interested me and better prepared me for ‘real world work’.”


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

            “There are now more electronic controls. As a result, there are more high paying jobs needed to work with these. The industry is always changing. CPAVTS and the IEC have really prepared me to adapt to these changes.”


What is your favorite CPAVTS memory?

            “Applying what I learned in class to work with my classmates on projects around the school.”

Community Partnership Leads to Valuable Experiences for CPAVTS Students

05-11-16 Safelite DemonstrationCumberland Perry AVTS owes much of its continued success to its local industry and community partners who donate everything from their valuable time to equipment utilized in keeping our programs up-to-date. This month, the local Safelite AutoGlass® are building a stronger partnership in order to help both students and the community.

In addition to Safelite helping to co-sponsor the Second Annual Car Show at CPAVTS,they have also helped our Automotive Collision and Automotive Technology programs considerably. Here are just a few of their recent contributions:

A Vehicle Donation: Safelite donated an 18-year-old work truck that the students refurbished and sold. CPAVTS donated the materials and labor--and the result was a $3,000 donation to the Harrisburg Make-A-Wish chapter!

A Windshield Replacement Demonstration: On April 6, Safelite Technician Steven Smith demonstrated correct windshield replacement for both AM and PM students--almost 100 students in total from both the Automotive Collision Technology and Automotive Technology programs. While fielding questions during the demonstration, District Manager Kirk Reed explained to students the importance of their appearance, attire, and attitude during interviews. 

A Job Fair Panel : On April 28, Safelite participated in the annual CPAVTS Job Fair.  

“Safelite is a growing company, and we are always looking for talented individuals to join our team,” said Safelite AutoGlass Area Sales Manager Pat Midgley, who is managing the day-to-day partnership with CPAVTS. “What a better place than this school to find our future technicians while also doing some great things to support our local charities. I give many thanks to Jared Comeau, Automotive Technology Instructor, for this partnership.”

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Welding Senior to Compete in SkillsUSA Nationals

04-22-16 WELDLast week, 12 CPAVTS students competed in the SkillsUSA State Competition. Jared Sheffer, a senior in Keith Hammond’s Welding program, is the first Welding student in the past 6 years to move on to the national competition.

“The state challenge was—well, a challenge!” said Sheffer. “All of the competitors were highly skilled, and no one was slacking. I had to read full blueprints and the welds needed to be very specific.”

Jared also has a cooperative education job at Riley Welding in Hanover, PA that he says helped him at the state competition—particularly with blueprint reading. For many CPAVTS seniors across all programs, co-op jobs are a great way to get their first taste of the industry and these positions frequently translate into full-time jobs after graduation.

This year’s national competition, held in Louisville, KY, will host over 6,000 state champions competing in 100 different hands-on challenges. It’s an annual, large-scale event broadcasting the absolute best students in career and technical education.

With approximately two months remaining before the competition, the pressure is on to study hard and prepare.

“I’m kind of nervous,” Sheffer said, “but I just have to study and practice as much as I can. It’s a real honor to be able to participate in such a high level challenge.”




Cooperative Education Spotlight - Hunter Whitcomb

Cooperative Education Spotlight - Hunter Whitcomb

When Hunter Whitcomb was in 9th grade at West Perry High School, he took a Tech Education class where he had to complete a circuit between a switch and a light. Later that same year, he toured Cumberland Perry AVTS with his classmates and knew he wanted to apply to become a student in Electrical Construction Maintenance. Three and a half years later, Hunter is now a Senior in ECM and working for Edwin L Heim Company through the Cooperative Education Program. Every morning he reports to work at 7 AM to get his work details for the day. Pulling wire and data cables, bending and installing conduit, and installing electrical and data outlets are several of the tasks he performs on a regular basis. Hunter states that he loves the fact that no two days are the same and the wide variety of jobs teaches him something new every day. Early next week, Hunter will be taking a placement test with the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) in hopes of becoming an apprentice Electrician. Hunter’s career path is definitely headed in the right direction!!!

The Second Annual CPAVTS Car Show Kicks Off on May 14th!

OnlineFlyerThe National Technical Honor Society at Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School is holding their second annual car show on May 14th, 2016.

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 president, Samantha Dunphy 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  provided by DJ Durbin Wagner, a raffle, including donations and gift certificates from several  Cumberland and Perry County businesses, a children’s play area, and food from the Potato Coop.”

We anticipate a big turnout, so come join Cumberland Perry AVTS and our awesome NTHS club members for a fun-filled May 14th!

Participants may pre-register at for $10 or register at the show for $12. 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 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..