Catching Up With...James Geedy, Class of '87 and Rich Hoffner, Class of '85

James Geedy, Class of 1987, Redland High School, Graphic Communications Program

Alumni spotlight january 2017

Rich Hoffner, Class of 1985, West Perry High School, Graphic Communications Program

 James Geedy (Pictured Right) is a 1987 graduate, of Redland High School and also CPAVTS's Graphic Communications Program and Rich Hoffner (not pictured) is a 1985 graduate, of West Perry High School and CPAVTS's Graphic Communications Program.

Rich  and James were gracious enough to take some time and let us know what they been up to following their time at CPAVTS. We were curious what area of Graphic Communications they ended up in and how the industry has changed since their days of instruction. 


Describe the company or industy in which you currently work.

"Dauphin County Library System."- Rich Hoffner, Class of '85

"Commericial mid size printing company."- James Geedy, Class of '87


What is your job title and what do you do?                                                                                                                    

"Print and Mailing Services Manager."- Rich Hoffner, Class of '85

"CEO-Founder of Hot Frog Print Media...manage-management."- James Geedy, Class of '87


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

"Rite Aid Corportation, PA School Board Association and Signal Graphics."- Rich Hoffner, Class of '85

"Stayed in other local area printing companies."- James Geedy, Class of '87


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

"I received an Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Arts, at Community College in the Williamsport Area of PA."- Rich Hoffner, Class of '87

"No additional, well prepared at CPAVTS."- James Geedy, Class of '87


How was Cumberland Perry different than your regular high school?

"I was able to put my education to work to earn money."- Rich Hoffner, Class of '85

"Taught me the trade of course."- James Geedy, Class of '87


How has your industry changed since your time at CPAVTS?

"Digitial Equipment."- Rich Hoffner, Class of '85

"1987- Digital Printing has evoloved- Digita Verable Data."- James Geedy, Class of '87


What is your favorite CPAVTS Memory?

"My Instructor, George Ebersole."- Rich Hoffner, Class of '85

"Mr. E."- James Geedy, Class of '87


Program Spotlight- Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice Program at CPAVTS has a lot to offer to students who want to pursue a career in law enforcement.Program Spotlight- Criminal Justice

The curriculum in this class, taught by Instructor, Bill Page for the last 25 years, offers key industry related experience to help students set themselves apart from the masses. Students are given knowledge of the criminal justice system, crime scene investigating, traffic control...and countless other areas that apply to industry. 

We have taken time to Q & A with our Instructor and one of his top students to get their interpretation of what is most important in the class.


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

"I got my first freshman students."- Bill Page/CPAVTS Criminal Justice Instructor


Instructor: How many years have you been at CPAVTS and what was your experience before coming here?

"25 years at CPAVTS, I worked in a halfway house for prisoners and Loss prevention at several stores. I was a full-time police officer for 16 years; field training officer. I have an AA in Police Science and a BS in Law Enforcement."- Bill Page/CPAVTS Criminal Justice Instructor


Student: Summarize what you learn in your program in one sentence.

"We learn the Criminal Justice System, crime scene investigation and traffic."- Criminal Justice Student


Instructor: What unit or topic do students struggle with the most in your program? Why do you think that is?

"Understanding of certain concepts and the terminology."- Bill Page/CPAVTS Criminal Justice Instructor


Student: What is the hardest part of your program?

"Learning the proper methods to successfully complete a practical skill. (for example: fingerprinting)."- Criminal Justice Student


Instructor: What are some more recent career pathways students take when they leave CPAVTS?

"Military; College; and then Enter into professions, such as: corrections, security and police force."- Bill Page/CPAVTS Criminal Justice Instructor


Student: What is your plan for after high school? 

"I plan on attending Harrisburg Area Community College for Nursing and furthering my career from Nursing to be a forensic pathologist assistant."- Criminal Justice Student


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

"The basic abilities of forensics, but more importantly, report writing and filling out forms."-Bill Page/CPAVTS Criminal Justice Instructor


Instructor and Student: What is some of the recent technology and/or trends in the profession with which students become familiar?

"FACES- computer based composite drawing and SUPERGLUE- fumigation for latent fingerprinter."- Bill Page/CPAVTS Criminal Justice Instructor

"The FACES program we use on the computer."- Criminal Justice Student


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

"Safety Day! Criminal Justice organizes and runs safety day."- Criminal Justice Student

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

"Fingerprinting, handcuffing, searching and dusting for prints."- Criminal Justice Student


Student: How is your program at CPAVTS different from other classes you have had in the past? Can you give some examples?

"It is more hands-on and in-depth. You learn one subject that you will be using in your everyday life in some way."- Criminal Justice Student


Student: What is the most fun part of your program?

"The hands-on skills we learn, like handcuffing, searching and fingerprinting."- Criminal Justice Student


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

"Pay attention, try your best and have fun! You'll become a different and better person in here. You'll made meaningful, new friendships and the time will fly by faster than you think."- Criminal Justice Student


Instructor: What advice would you give student who have completed your program?

"Continue your studies no matter what career you choose."- Bill Page/ CPAVTS Criminal Justice Instructor











AUTOC - 12-14-16Accidents happen, and when they do, repair work needs to be completed at a level greater than any routine maintenance. Students in the Automotive Collision program at CPAVTS learn the ins and outs of repairing extensive structural damage done to vehicles, and the field is stronger than ever—particularly in Central PA. These are just some of the tools and equipment students are required to master as part of their studies:

  •          PPG Mixing System – A machine that allows for mixing any color that comes off the factory lot.
  •         Laser Frame Measuring Equipment – This is a set of tools that uses laser measuring when fixing frames with a frame alignment machine; typically, these are used on vehicles that have sustained heavy damage.
  •         Waterborne Paint Booth Set-Up – Used to spray industry standard low VOC paint supplies.
  •          5-Post Chief Frame Machine – Allows for completing frame repairs at any angle. This is extremely useful in fixing damage done in harder to reach areas of the vehicle.
  •          180 Dual MIG Welders – Industry standard welding machines used to make precise welds when repairing vehicles.
  •         Accudraft Spray Guns – Tools with interchangeable tips to allow for precision in any type of painting job and for easy cleaning and changing.

These machines and tools are vital to the industry, but knowing how to utilize this equipment is only its most effective when paired with instructor Brenton Yaukey’s constant efforts to stay up-to-date with industry standards. To this end, he ensures that he is familiar with the latest I-CAR classes and with any vehicles or products students will find in the industry. He is also making arrangements to provide I-CAR welding certifications to students as well as lessons on aluminum welding.

The combination of hands-on learning and instructor knowledge ensures that students in the Automotive Collision program receive the best education they possibly can, and that they are always abreast of industry standards—and any changes made to the field. With all of these efforts combined, students graduating from this program are set to become masters of automotive structural repair!

This article is a continuation of our Tech at CPAVTS series. Click Here for the previous entry!

Cooperative Education Spotlight- Hunter Grimes

December 2016 Coop Spotlight

Have you ever had an issue with your hot water heater, toilet, water faucet, or sewer line?  If you haven’t, consider yourself lucky!  If you have, there is a pretty good chance you called a business like Jones Plumbing, Inc. in Carlisle.  Every morning at Jones Plumbing, you will find Hunter Grimes assisting customers with household water issues.  Hunter, a senior enrolled in the HVAC program at Cumberland Perry AVTS, is currently taking advantage of the “learn while you earn” program called Cooperative Education.  After reporting to work each day, he will go on local service calls in the morning and then report to Big Spring High School in the afternoon.  His supervisor, Jason Wetzel, raves about the skill set, professionalism, and level of maturity that Hunter brings to the company.  After 2 years of training from CPAVTS, the transition from the classroom to the workforce has been a successful one that benefits both Hunter and Jones Plumbing.  Next fall, Hunter will be taking his ambition and knowledge to Shippensburg University where he plans to pursue a degree in Business.  It appears as though Hunter has a pretty good grasp on his Career Path!

A Penny War Brings Warm Clothes and Great Stories to Children in Need

12-08-16 ECE Penny WarThe season of giving is upon us, and with it comes the penny drive run by Nancy Reitzel’s Early Childhood Education students. But this isn’t any regular old penny drive—this is a penny war dedicated to a good cause. For the past two years, students in Mrs. Reitzel’s class have taken up their post at the front doors as students enter the building and enticed their peers to donate to their charity of choice.

“We stand in the hall and hold a poster for others to see as they walk in and hold out buckets to collect change,” said Ava from West Perry, “A lot of students will stop and ask what the donations are for; some will donate right away, and some will come back later.”

This year, proceeds from the penny war will go towards purchasing new pajamas for children in need as part of Scholastic Reading Club’s “Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive”, which matches one book to one pair of pajamas donated and gives them to children living in group homes, shelters, foster care, and orphanages.

Since the Pajama Program’s inception in 2009, over 400,000 pairs of new pajamas were donated alongside over 700,000 new books.

And, of course, it wouldn’t be a penny war without a little competition! Every year, other programs throughout CPAVTS participate in collecting donations; the program who earns the most money is treated to an ice cream party at the end!

“I think our biggest competition is Diesel, since they won so decisively last year!” Said Kamille, a Big Spring student. “But it’s all in good fun, and everything goes to a great cause!”

Last year, the students raised enough money to purchase 36 pairs of pajamas; this year, they hope to achieve even more!