Catching Up With…Caitlyn Youkers, Class of ’18

Describe the company or industry in which you currently work.

“I am currently working for a privately owned Electrical company.”


What is your job title and what do you do?

“I am an electrician, doing electrical work with my father.”


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

 “I was a receptionist at two different salons after graduation.”


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

“I went straight into the working field, so everything was on the job.”


How was Cumberland Perry different than your regular high school?

“It was more fun than a regular high school. I felt that my teachers were more personable, and the subject was more interesting to me because I chose it.”


How has your industry changed?

“Technology has definitely gotten much smarter since I left on a year ago! It will continue to advance as time goes on, things are always changing.”


What is your favorite CPAVTS memory?

“My favorite memory is the entire time I was’s impossible to narrow it down! Meeting people from different schools, learning useful information, and having an amazing teacher! All of it shaped me into who I am today. I am so grateful for my time at CPAVTS, and education. I have so many incredible memories, I can’t even count them.”

CPAVTS Staff Increase Safety & Sanitation Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Cumberland Perry AVTS is working their best to ensure the health and safety for their students and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.  With all the health and safety guidelines and requirements in Pennsylvania, it is truly a team effort to make sure CPAVTS is as proactive as possible during this uncertain time. 

Each department at CPAVTS has encountered extra safety precautions associated with their position and responsibility.  CPAVTS administration has implemented numerous safety and security measures including maintaining social distance, one way directional hallways, parking lot safety and security, and necessary face coverings for all students and staff.  The Maintenance and Custodian, staff spent the summer months ordering PPE supplies for students and staff.  There is extra time spent daily, on cleaning and sanitizing areas of the building and tending to the endless custodial needs to instructors.  The Health Room Assistant has been trained on spraying the sanitizing solution if needed for a positive COVID case.  There is an increase in the daily student symptom screening upon entering the Health Rooms Assistant’s office and working diligently with sending districts regarding contract tracing.   

The Principal’s office has spent time answering parent and student questions all summer regarding scheduling with the hybrid AB calendar.  Finalizing all the student transportation needs from each of the consortium 13 districts was a hurdle for the first day of school, but all has seemed to correspond with little discrepancy.  The Student Services staff has been seen escorting new students to their program areas, following the one way hallway markings.  They have also ensured students have a face covering when exiting their transportation and retrieving one for them promptly if they arrive without it.  Student and district schedules are ever changing, and they are working to resolve any updates for staff and students as it comes their way. 

The Information Technology department has been inundated with the challenge of ensuring students have accessible devices and keeping students connected to online learning platforms while also assisting staff with online student platform assignments.   CPAVTS Business Office staff has updated and mandated the visitor policy for staff and student safety.  Opening doors upon student arrival, to decrease surface contact has been a daily aid.  All deliveries have been implemented for warehouse retrieval to provide less public interaction. 

The CPAVTS Teaching Staff have spent countless hours lesson planning for both in-person and online learning.  Flexibility has been crucial to instructors as daily changes are issued regarding districts and COVID-19 precautions and expectations.  With the one way hallways, class arrival may be prolonged and hinder exact start times.  Instructional Assistant staff are seen daily corralling early arrival students at CPAVTS into a large instruction room to ensure instructors are in their rooms ready for students.  They have also been seen accompanying lost students to their program classes and assisting with student departure ensuring transportation safety. 

Cumberland Perry staff has made the COVID transition to learning into a team effort by the entire building! It is amazing to see a united front, in the pursuit of offering a safe educational space for students and staff. 

2020 CPAVTS Awards Ceremony Videos

Cumberland Perry Awards ceremony wasn’t the same this year as previous ones, but CPAVTS staff made sure their 300+ seniors were recognized for their accomplishments.  The initial awards ceremony was scheduled to be at Christian Life Assembly, in late May, but with COVID-19, those plans were halted, so Cumberland Perry got creative with options. 

Staff members delivered yard signs to student houses throughout the 13 districts in Adams, Cumberland, Perry, and York Counties. Staff painted welcome messages on the sidewalk outside CPAVTS before students arrived to walk across the stage for a program staggered awards ceremony.  This was a three day ceremony in the CPAVTS cafeteria that featured administration, program instructors, a TV slide show, and streamlined for parents and family members to view. 

Seniors may not have had the “normal” awards ceremony for 2020, but CPAVTS strived to broadcast the accomplishments of CPAVTS senior class.  Congratulations class of 2020!

Please click to view the Awards Ceremony Videos.

Advertising Art Design Awards Ceremony

Automation Robotics, & Electronics Awards Ceremony

Automotive Technology Awards Ceremony

Auto Collision Awards Ceremony

Carpentry Awards Ceremony

Computer Networking Awards Ceremony

Computer Programming Awards Ceremony

Cosmetology Awards Ceremony

Criminal Justice Awards Ceremony

Culinary Arts Awards Ceremony

Dental Assistant Awards Ceremony

Diesel Awards Ceremony

Diversified Occupations Awards Ceremony

Early Childhood Education Awards Ceremony

Electrical Construction Awards Ceremony

Emerging Health Professionals Awards Ceremony

Horticulture Awards Ceremony

HVAC Awards Ceremony

Logistics/Warehouse Awards Ceremony

Masonry Awards Ceremony

Nursing Assistant Awards Ceremony

Precision Machine Awards Ceremony

Welding Awards Ceremony

Senior Message Ceremony Videos

Principal Message Awards Ceremony

CPAVTS Awards Ceremony Student Comments

Teacher Salute to Jody Snider, Carpentry

Mr. Jody Snider has been a staple at Cumberland Perry AVTS for 26 years.  He has expanded the Carpentry program to be one of the most desired career options for CPAVTS students.  Jody will miss CPAVTS, but has a full schedule of opportunities waiting. 

Here is a “Q” and “A” with Jody:

How has your program changed in the time you have been at CPAVTS?

When I came here there was a maximum of 28 students in the first year program and 28 in the second and third year program.  I was told that the first year program that I would be teaching was “the worst shop in the building” by the Dean of Students at the time. Now we have a maximum of 50 in each program, a new shop, often a waiting list to get in, we offer scholarships and tool awards, every successful completer has good job opportunities, we have college in the high school, there have been many college graduates, and our program has been recognized as one of the best in the state along with receiving numerous awards.

What is your most memorable experience at CPAVTS?

I can’t pick just one.  Starting the Student Chapter of the National Association of Home Builders, competing and winning nationally, and providing scholarships and tool packages through this club has to be close to the top.  But, none of this happens without our amazing students and staff.  I have so many unbelievable memories shared with staff and students through all of the Home Show projects and beyond.  The relationships developed with these people along with those from business and industry rank equally.

Why did you want to be a teacher?

I never started out to be a teacher.  I grew up in a family of builders and was running my own business when I “fell into” a teaching job.  The carpentry teacher where I was doing a job resigned and they asked me to fill in for him.  Then I met two students named Paul who both had some challenges.  When I saw their first success at building something, and it seemed like it was their first success at anything, I was hooked.  I had that feeling that I could make a difference and I have been trying to ever since.

What will you miss at or about CPAVTS?

Not the drive on 81 except the time with my carpool family.  I will miss interacting with the students – they keep you young and energized.  I will miss the folks I work with and seeing all the different ways they do things along with all of the amazing things they create.  I’ll especially miss my best buddy Malena and all of the crazy things we could come up with for projects and the Home Show.  When you spend every day riding to and from school, working together, creating together, caring about students together, raising children at the same time… she will be my best friend for life.

What are your plans after retiring?

Enjoying time with family first.  My granddaughter is a special joy.  It looks like I’m going to be building two houses, one for my niece (already started) and one for my daughter who is getting married next year.  I always seem to have lots of projects.  Extra time hunting, kayaking, traveling and hopefully building my dream cabin in the smoky mountains of North Carolina.  There may even be time for working part time if the right opportunity comes up.  Basically I’m going to do whatever I want to…

Catching Up With…Lauren Cekovich, Class of ‘13

Lauren recently visited the cosmetology program to have services done by current CPAVTS students. She told us all about her success since graduation, and we enjoyed hearing about the direction she took from Cosmetology.

Describe the company or industry in which you currently work.

“I work in the Higher Education Field (colleges/universities).”


What is your job title and what do you do?

“I am the Student Success Coordinator. I design, plan and implement student success programming, as well as teach student success courses. I also do academic advisement. I provide support services and connect students to resources that will enable their success.”


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

“None. I went to college straight out of my program and only practiced cosmetology on the side for fun.”


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

“I have a B. A. in Sociology, as well as a M.Ed. in Higher Education from Kutztown University.”

Follow-up: Did CPAVTS prepare you for this?

“Absolutely! Mrs. Franklin and Mrs. Miller gave me the encouragement I needed to pursue Higher Education.”


How was Cumberland Perry different than your regular high school?

“My high school felt like a prison for me, where I didn’t belong. I had no one to connect with, and a lack of interest in the things I was being taught in my classes there. It felt more like a glorified babysitting service than preparation for the real world. All of that changed for me when I came to CPAVTS. I finally felt like I belonged somewhere. I had mentors that were in my corner. I was able to make friends quickly through our shared interest.  I was given the encouragement and support I needed to succeed.”


What is your favorite CPAVTS memory?

“One of my absolute favorite memories from my program was the opportunity given to us, to participate in hair competitions among my classmates. We were able to team up with our friends in order to transform our model into anything we wanted. We were encouraged to be as creative as possible, while also implementing all the technical skills we had been learning. Hair, make-up, nails and outfit, were all included in the transformation. It was like being in a real competition in industry. One time we transformed our model into a mermaid (we won!), the next time we transformed her into a zombie. We had SO much fun! And we got to practice and improve the skills we were being taught.”