Program Spotlight- Precision Machine Technology

Teacher Spotlight- Mr. Foglemanprogram spotlight- jan 2018

Explain a typical day in your program.

“Students come in, and get changed and ready. Early arrivals start setting up and preparing for the day. Once all students have arrived, we discuss what each student is working on that day. Level 1 and Level 2 students typically get a lesson and are then released to the lab to apply their skills. Level 3 students cover new CNC coding while Level 1 and 2 students are out at social studies. Then they clean the lab and change for dismissal.”


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

“Measurement. Employers need people that understand how to produce and check accurately.”


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

“Pretty much everything is the same as last year. We are working on improving the quality and quantity of machines and tooling the students use to learn their trade.”


What are some of the more common career pathways your students take when they leave CPAVTS?

“40% go to college and 60% go to machining related fields to perform CNC and manual machining services.”


What are some of the recent technologies and/or trends in the profession with which students become familiar?

“CNC programming and the use of CNC milling machines and lathes.”


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

“I’ve been here for four years. Before I came to CPAVTS, I went to Penn College for drafting, then HACC/AMP for Machining. I spent 18 years in the machining field with three different companies; 13 of those years were with one company.”


What advice would you give students who have completed your program?

“Never stop learning. Technology is constantly changing and they need to keep up with the changes.”


Student Spotlight


Summarize what you learn in your program in one sentence if you can.

“We learn the safety of machining and how to program and operate machines.”

“How to make precision parts for everything you use in your everyday life.”

“How to be a productive member in a manufacturing process.”

“I learn to be proficient on many lathe, mill, drill press, and grinding operations.”


What is the hardest part of your program?

“Geometric dimensioning and tolerating.”

“Learning such a large industry in a short time.”

“Dealing with numbers and holding tight tolerances.”


What is the most fun part of your program?

“The overall learning experience and getting to know people interested in the same trade as you.”

“Finishing a certification.”

“Engine lathes.”


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

“A CNC control panel- computer numerical control.”

“Off- hand grinding and sharpening lathe tools.”

“CAD and CAM programs on the computer. We’ve been doing a lot with those this year and it relates to me wanting to be a civic programmer or engineer.”


What is your plan for after high school?

“Attend Penn Tech and start working with Capitol Tool.”

“To go directly into the workforce with a family company.”

“To become a tool and die maker.”

“I am going to college to pursue a degree in Industrial Engineering.”



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

“Every day is a highlight in here.”

“Learning and using the machines.”

“Corn hole champions.”


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

“Making things that everyone can use.”

“Writing code by hand.”


“Making machine parts to spec.”


Explain a typical day in your program.

“Work until the bell and try to do my best.”

“A little paperwork and a lot of machining.”

“Come in and get working on the lesson.”


How is your program at CPAVTs different from other class you have had in the past?

“I rarely had a class where we apply what we learn immediately after learning it.”

“It prepares me for a specific industry as opposed to a generic class.”

“It’s hands-on and the instructor really cares about what he is teaching you. They work really hard to make sure you get a job.”

“You learn a deeper understanding to the reality of the work force and you can apply homeschool classes such as mathematics.”


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

“Be safe. Check everything always before using.”

“Keep on task and stay ahead of the game.”

“You need to be serious about this trade because if you aren’t, you will struggle.”

“Don’t get discouraged if you don’t end up getting something the first time, it takes practice.”

“Focus on being precise in everything you do in this shop.”


Catching Up With…James Gale, Class of ‘07

James Gale: Class of 2007 (Mechanicsburg High School, Computer Information Systems (CIS)alumni spotlight- jan 2018

James is a graduate of Mechanicsburg High School and CPAVTS’s previous program, Computer Information Systems. James has continued advancement in his field over the years. Although he has the potential for work in various areas within the cyber world, his focus career-wise has been Cyber Security, specific to the medical industry.

James agreed to fill us in on his experiences.

Here is what he had to say:

Describe the company or industry in which you currently work.

“I work for the Penn State Health System, in other words, the Penn State Hershey Medical Center.”


What is your job title and what do you do?

“My title is Cyber Security Engineer, and I’ve been with Penn State Health for three years. My primary responsibility is configuring and maintaining a wide variety of cyber security systems such as: network intrusion/monitoring systems (IDS/IPS), anti-virus, data loss prevention and endpoint encryption. This names a few. I am also heavily involved with our Cyber Security Incident Response Team. I help detect, analyze, respond and contain/mitigate, cyber threats, both internal and external to the Penn State Health Network.”


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

“From 2008 through 2014, I worked at Capital BlueCross.  For the first four years, I worked as a Desktop Support Engineer. The last two years there, I spent working as an IT Security Analyst.”


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

“In 2011, I graduated from Harrisburg University with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems. In 2012, I earned by CompTIA Security+ certification. This year I’ve earned two SANS certifications: GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst (GCIA) and GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH).”

And where did you receive it?

“CPAVTS gave me a tremendous advantage when I went to college. As far as the technical classes are concerned, I was far ahead of my classmates, because of what I had already learned as a high school student, at CPAVTS. The first year of college and part of the second, were already covered in my class at Votech. It made my college transition much easier and I was more comfortable in my college courses with the knowledge I already possessed and understanding of the material.”

“I can definitely say that choosing to go to CPAVTS IS one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. Without what I learned at CPAVTS, and the opportunities it enabled me to have, I don’t think I would be where I am in my career today.”


How was Cumberland Perry different than your regular high school?

“What stands out to me the most, is that I got to spend half of my day with other students that shared my exact same interests: computers and technology. I was able to connect and discuss these topics with other students. I was also able to meet others that would be going into the same industry as me and I wouldn’t have if I would have stayed at Mechanicsburg.”


How has your industry changed since your time at Cumberland Perry in terms of technology and equipment?

“As with anything technology related, things change rapidly in the computer world. However, a lot of the fundamentals are the same and still apply to what I do today. Although my program at CPAVTS didn’t necessarily focus on what I do now (Cyber Security), learning the basics at CPAVTS has propelled me through college life and beyond.”


What is your favorite CPAVTS memory?

“My favorite memory from my three years at CPAVTS, would have to be the fact that I spent half of every day during that time, in school, absolutely loving what I was doing. It almost didn’t feel like school! I was so involved in what I worked on each day and had so much fun doing it. Also, Mr. Champion, although no longer an instructor at CPAVTS, was an incredible educator.”

January 2018- Rotary Students of the Month

Jan. 2018 Rotary soms

William Bucher is a Susquenita High School student in the Electronics Technology Program and a member of the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) at CPAVTS. He is currently employed by the AMC Hampden 8 movie theater and participates in a bowling league. He has also made Student of the Quarter at CPAVTS; Student of the Month at Susquenita; and he is set for the honor of receiving the Tom Buskey Student Achievement Award. Upon graduation, William plans to attend the Pennsylvania College of Technology, majoring in Electronics Engineering.

Dhara Patel is a Cumberland Valley High School student in the Nursing Program. She is a member of the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) and Health Students of America (HOSA) at CPAVTS, as well as Key Club and UNICEF at Cumberland Valley. She has made Student of the Quarter and Honor Roll at CPAVTS. Currently, Dhara volunteers at Holy Spirit and Pinnacle Health Hospitals, and she has applied to Penn State Harrisburg, Temple, Drexel, and the University of Pittsburg-Greensburg, with plans to major in Biology.

Andrew Walker is a Big Spring High School student in the Masonry Program, and is a member of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and Skills USA at CPAVTS. He participates in the marching band, plays basketball, and has been in musicals at Big Spring. At CPAVTS, he has made Honor Roll and Student of the Quarter at CPAVTS. Following graduation, Andrew plans to attend the Pennsylvania College of Technology to study Business Management.

Cooperative Education Spotlight- Blayne Brymesser

Coop Spotlight- Dec. 2017

When Blayne Brymesser was in 9th grade, he knew he wanted to fix things when he grew up. He was accepted into the Diesel Technology program later that year and has never looked back; now two and a half years later, he is currently employed by John W Gleim Jr., Inc. through the Cooperative Education program at CPAVTS.  Blayne attends Cumberland Valley High School each morning and then reports to work at 11 AM.  Every day brings a new adventure with equipment repairs, preventive maintenance, welding fabrication, hydraulic hose repairs, and many more trade related tasks. The classroom setting and simulated work in the Diesel Tech program have provided the entry level skills necessary for Blayne to be successful on the job, and at the end of each work day, Blayne then returns to the family farm to once again put his vocational education to work. With his knowledge, skillset, and work ethic far superior to most 18 year olds, he is a welcome addition to the workforce.

The Online Application Process is Live--Apply Today!

 Today, virtually any task can be completed online—from reading to shopping—and the result is typically a more convenient experience. This is no less true for Cumberland Perry AVTS’s online application system, new this year. Under this new process, students and parents can track their progress through the application and can work with their school counselors more efficiently.

“We hope that it provides a better overall experience for students looking to apply to CPAVTS,” said Dr. Parrillo, Supervisor of Pupil Personnel Services.

We could write plenty about the benefits of this new application system—but don’t just take our word for it! Apply today and see for yourself!