Advocacy Day: Students Reach Out to Legislators about Career and Tech Ed
The greatest supporters Cumberland Perry AVTS could possibly have are its students—for who else is as involved in our programs as the students enrolled in them? CPAVTS utilizes student volunteers for as many outreach initiatives as possible, including its Student Ambassador program (which sends CPAVTS students to their home districts to speak with their peers about the opportunities at Cumberland Perry), but one of the most important of these is the annual excursion to the Capitol: Advocacy Day, a trip to Harrisburg where students have the rare opportunity of meeting their legislators face-to-face.
Said Justin Bruhn, the school Administrative Director, of the trip: “It is important for our legislators to see our students and hear their success stories. Career and Technical Education is a vital component of our schools and communities, and it’s great to see our legislators recognize these students and the impact of the programs at Cumberland Perry.”
This trip has been a tradition for the past three years. Not only is it a great way for students to show their support of their school, but it also gets them involved in their community—and the students always come away with a memorable and positive experience.
“It was awesome!” said John, a Welding student from Big Spring School District. “It was interesting to see the politics of schooling, which I never really knew.”
John, along with several other CPAVTS students, spent the day meeting with Representatives Delozier, Rothman, and Bloom; and with Senator Eichelberger to discuss why career and technical education is important to them and act as advocates, not just for their school, but for CTE schools as a whole.
“I have to say my favorite part was getting to talk to our representatives face to face,” said Victoria from East Pennsboro, a Carpentry student who also participated in the trip. “It was a lot of fun, but it also felt great contributing to making legislators aware of what’s going on here.”
Some additional photos from the trip: