Culinary Students Cook Up Some New Experiences

10-20-16 Culinary Hershey TripPart of any good career and technical education program is the hands-on training provided. The Culinary Arts program at CPAVTS boasts a state-of-the-art kitchen and student-run restaurant that both give students solid experience working in the industry; but, as with any classroom experience, sometimes students also need to reach out beyond school walls and broaden their horizons. On October 17, Chef McGrath’s class did just that.

The students were awake in the early morning hours, beginning their journey at 6:00 a.m. to the Hershey Country Club. They pulled a 16 hour day, preparing everything from hamburgers to vegetable trays to salads for lunch and cooking up steaks for dinner—approximately 300 steaks, to be exact!

And the students weren’t alone either: Along with Chef McGrath and two other trip chaperones, Sue Roquemore and Ann Burk, two CPAVTS Culinary Arts alumni, as well as several members of the local chefs’ union assisted with all of the kitchen work. Students also had the opportunity to work with equipment not currently available in their program, such as a commercial vegetable steamer. All of their hard work ended with an American Culinary Federation meeting where students listened to other chefs present and had the opportunity to network with them.

“There was so much we learned,” said Red Land High School student Amanda, “It was fascinating working with the chefs and learning about everything we can do in this profession. It’s really eye-opening, and it helps to figure out what role you want to play in the kitchen—whether it’s grilling or baking pastries!”

The entire experience is once-in-a-lifetime. Said Chef McGrath, “It’s unheard of for most people to find work in a country club, let alone for students. The business is just so competitive, so this trip was truly a great experience for them.”

This trip was also part community service, benefitting the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association, which in turn provides scholarships that students could end up earning later. Additionally, some funds generated from the event were given to Camp Cadet, a state police venture for underprivileged youth, and to the American Culinary Federation.

“It wasn’t what I expected—I thought it would be a lot more difficult!” said Cumberland Valley student Logan. “But it was fun, and it was nice learning how to work in a more fast-paced atmosphere.”

The enterprising students in the Culinary Arts program run their own restaurant, the Culinary Café, which is open to the public. For more information, visit or

Coop Spotlight- October 2016

Cooperative Education Spotlight-Daegan Donbaugh

Coop Spotlight October 2016

Electrical discharge machines (EDM), DIN style terminals, Infinite switch connectors, and Shunt wires are foreign and complex to most people, but to Daegan Donbaugh they are a part of his everyday life.  Daegan, a senior from East Pennsboro High School enrolled in the Precision Machine Technology program, is currently participating in the Cooperative Education program here at CPAVTS.  He reports to JST Corporation, a global leader in manufacturing of interconnection products, in Middletown several days a week to put the finishing touches to his High School education.  While he is there, he will apply many of the skills he acquired during his tenure in the PMT program.  The rest of his week is spent in the classroom and on the shop floor mastering The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) competencies.  Daegan plans to continue working for JST Corp. after graduation and then take his skillset to a trade school next fall.  JST Corp was looking for a young and energetic tradesman and Daegan was looking for a position to apply his skills, so this placement was a Win/Win!

Catching Up With... Brianna Thompson '12

Brianna Thompson, Class of 2012, 

East Pennsboro High School, Nursing Assistant


Brianna Thompson is a 2012 graduate of East Pennsboro High School and CPAVTS.Brianna was a student in our Nursing alumni spotlight oct. 16Assistant Program and is currently employed with Giant Food Store/Pharmacy Department, where she is involved in many aspects of the Pharmacology field, including input, inventory, filling and insurance information, related to perscriptions. This job was brought to her attention while she was a student at CPAVTS, and through her experience she has fallen in love with the Pharmacology field. She is also a Nursing Assistant Program OAC member at CPAVTS. When asked a few questions regarding her company and industry this is what she had to say:


What is your job title and what do you do?


"I am a pharmacy technician. I input perscriptions, bill insurances, fill perscriptions and work on controlling the inventory of medication that we have at our facility."


What other jobs have you had related to your Program area at CPAVTS?


"Working in the Pharmacy has been my only industry job since having been at Votech."


What additional education and training did you receive since leaving Votech? And where did you receive it?


"I have attended Harrisburg Area Community College, since leaving Votech. I am continuing to my Pharmacology classes. I will be transferring to Pharmocology School in the fall of 2017. CPAVTS was very helpful in continuing my education, because I was able to provide me with College Credits that I could transfer to HACC."


How was Cumberland Perry Different then your regular high school?


"Cumberland Perry was better for me than regular high school because it it provided me with hands-on experience with classmates that shared my same goals."


What is your favorite CPAVTS Memory?


"My favorite memory, is of the lifelong friends I made, and the numerous events I competed in over my three years there."




Tech at CPAVTS

safelite demo 

Safelite Auto Glass and Automotive Technology Colloboration


Pat Midgley and other members of  Safelite Auto Glass present Automotive Technologystudents with a demonstration covering modern windshield replacement procedures and updates about other current industry trends. Pat Midgley and CPAVTS  Auto-Tech Instructor, Jared Comeau were discussing ways to help the students and to get them interested. The demo covers winshield replacement and some general, important parts of the industry. Pat and Jared also work together to get students into the Safelite training program—an eight week program that provides training in the auto tech/auto collision fields—by informing Jared of when the training will be taking place and helping get kids involved. Students present at the demo were from Auto Tech, Auto Collision, and ECM.

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.