Cooperative Education Spotlight- Brock Jumper

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Brock Jumper, a senior from Big Spring High School, already has a leg up on his graduating classmates. He is currently employed by Central Penn Plumbing Services, Inc. and has a full time position waiting for him. After 2.5 years of classroom training, simulated work experience, and hands on projects in the HVAC shop at CPAVTS, his instructor recommended him for an open Cooperative Education position with Central Penn Plumbing. This real world training has allowed Brock to make the transition to the workforce without missing a beat. He has a knack for knowing exactly what to do thanks to his training, but also has a great supporting cast with his onsite mentors in the event he needs assistance. Reading wiring diagrams, assisting with HVAC new construction installs, assisting with plumbing installation, and general troubleshooting are all part of what Brock can be seen doing on any given day. No job is too big or too small with his team: Just last week, they finished installing an HVAC system in a new construction home that featured 8,000 square feet of living space! When asked what he likes about his job, he stated he loves the uniqueness of every job site, the people he works with, and the actual ‘hands on’ part of the job.  Brock made a decision as a 9th grader to attend CPAVTS and chose the HVAC program because he knew he would always have a trade that made him employable. That’s pretty smart thinking for a 14 year old!!!


Catching Up With...Ashley Leiby, Class of '12 and Hanna Hoffman, Class of '15

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"Ashley Leiby: Class of 2012 (West Perry High School, Cosmetology)

"Hanna Hoffman: Class of 2015 (West Perry High School, Cosmetology)


Ashley Leiby is a 2012 graduate of CPAVTS's Cosmetology Program and West Perry High School. Hanna Hoffman is a 2015 graduate of CPAVTS's Cosmetology Program and West Perry High School as well.

These ladies recently visited their previous program area at Cumberland Perry. They spoke to current CPAVTS students in cosmetology and shared their industry input, representing their current employers.

They were both gracious enough to also be our final alumni spotlights for this school year.


Describe the company or industry in which you currently work.

“Holiday Bronze.”- Ashley Leiby         

“So much fun! Hard work, educational and rewarding.”- Hanna Hoffman


What is your job title and what do you do?

“Stylist.”-Ashley Leiby

“Hairstylist, color hair, perm, cut, face wax.”- Hannah Hoffman


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

“Training through Regis/Holiday Bronze.”- Ashley Leiby

“Regis offers chemical classes, hair cutting classes.”- Hanna Hoffman


How was Cumberland Perry different than your regular high school?

“It was more helpful with my career choice.”- Ashley Leiby

“More straight forward and focused on what you want.”- Hanna Hoffman


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

“In the case of the cosmetology industry, it changes every day.”- Ashley Leiby

“Longer hours, time efficiency and more clients.”- Hanna Hoffman


What is your favorite CPAVTS memory?

“There are so many favorites to try to pick one.”- Ashley Leiby

“The competitions”- Hanna Hoffman

Safety Day 2017 Kicks Off on May 12!

Safety Day 2016

Safety Day has been a staple at CPAVTS for several years now, and is one of the most important days of the school year. Not only is it a great opportunity for students to interact with their peers in other programs, it’s also a fantastic learning experience from professionals in their community.

“The mounted section of the police will be here again this year,” said Madelyn Harbold, a senior and organizer of this year’s events. “We’ll also have the Above and Beyond English Setter Rescue again, and a car cutting.”

Every year, local firefighters demonstrate how they dismantle a vehicle to rescue anyone who might be trapped inside during an accident. Each Safety Day event also features representatives from virtually every military branch along with various local awareness organizations, such as Bikers Against Child Abuse and Narcotics Anonymous. Charles Hall, the Cumberland County coroner, will also be in attendance and providing his career insights to Criminal Justice students.

The day is not all business—it’s also a day for students to relax at the end of a stressful school year. Student organizations will be setting up shop, most notably Horticulture’s ice cream stand and Dental Assisting’s dunk tank, which is a new feature this year. For a small fee, students can purchase balls which they can throw in an attempt to dunk a (willing!) teacher participant.

Overall, the day is a fun and informative time for students and staff that breaks away from the typical class schedule and gets everyone involved with members of their community.

Said Madelyn, “A lot of kids are interested in the military, and we have almost every branch coming. This is how a student last year got involved in the service. It’s also just a great day to relax, and we can talk to our friends in other programs.”



Student Refurbishes His Own Truck Using Skills Learned in Auto Collision

4-24-17 Jacob Brandt FeatureCPAVTS prides itself on the fact that its students don’t have to wait until after they graduate to see the fruits of their hard work, and one student in Brenton Yaukey’s Automotive Collision program has taken this to a new level. Jacob Brandt, a senior from Cumberland Valley High School, used the skills he would be learning as stepping stones towards a personal project.

When Jacob’s grandfather bequeathed a beat-up 1957 Chevrolet truck to him, Jacob brought it to school with him and set out to refurbish it himself. Each test passed in his program gave him license to complete another part of the project, and now, his hard work has finally paid off.

“[The truck’s] been here for about two years now,” Jacob said. “I had to line up all the panels, straighten out the dents, cut new metal panels to build the bed, prime and paint it—plus a lot of other things!”

Once a lackluster arrangement of rusted metal, the vehicle is now boasts a rust-colored sheen instead. Jacob’s dedication to his studies is what afforded him the opportunity to complete the refurbishing himself.

“I let him bring it in because he passed all of the tasks he needed to actually do the work himself,” said Mr. Yaukey. “Basically, he’s just a really good student, and I’m proud of the work he’s done.”

Pictured here is Jacob proudly standing in front of his finished product—certainly a far cry from what the truck looked like before! As an added bonus, the practice he received from working on the vehicle also prepared him for his participation in the SkillsUSA District and State Competitions, the latter of which he is competing in this week.

Said Jacob, “I learned a lot from the experience—how to do body work, how to do measurements from all the pieces I had to cut, and a lot about the painting process. It also helped a lot in participating in Skills!”

Jacob is a fantastic student with many achievements under his belt including this one. We are proud to have him as a student of Cumberland Perry!


Pictured below is Jacob still putting work into the truck--long before it came to look as fantastic as it is in the photo above!

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Cooperative Education Spotlight- Justin Fuller

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Halfway through his senior year, Justin Fuller decided it was time to put his skill set to work.  Justin, enrolled in the Logistics & Warehouse Management program, is currently employed by Old Dominion Freight Line in Carlisle through the Cooperative Education Program.  He attends Susquenita High School each morning and then reports directly to work each day; once there, he grabs a work ticket and jumps on a nearby forklift, and he is well versed in loading and unloading trailers with various types of “state of the art” equipment. Justin has a complete understanding of the Dock Yard Management System and easily identifies ‘hot freight’ and the importance to move it in timely fashion. His training at CPAVTS has made the transition to the real world a very easy one—his supervisor and his peers rave about the work ethic Justin display day in and day out, and when you combine his skill set with his work ethic, you have a fine addition to any team.