Automation, Robotics, & Electronics

Coming Soon…

Automation, Robotics, and Electronics with Steven First

Cumberland Perry is excited to open a new program for the 2018-2019 school year!  Automation, Robotics, and Electronics will be a 3 year program that teaches designing, installing, troubleshooting, and repairing automation and industrial equipment.  Curriculum for the Automation, Robotics, and Electronics will include:

  • Industrial Motor Controls
  • Robotics and Electronics
  • Programmable Logic Controls (PLCs)
  • Mechanical Power Transmission Systems
  • Fluid Power Systems/Hydraulics/Pneumatics
  • Blueprints and Schematics
  • Electricity and Electrical Systems
  • A/C and D/C Circuitry

Steven First is the instructor for the new program.  He comes to CPAVTS with an Associate’s Degree from Thaddeus Stevens and he is pursuing a bachelor’s degree for Electronic Engineering at Grantham University.  He brings many years of experience in the electronics field as a repair technician and an engineer.  He also worked in industrial maintenance and robotic repair. Steven is excited to teach his students and share his knowledge in the electronics field.  He wants to engage his students to self-learn outside of CPAVTS. 

In his spare time, he is an outdoor enthusiast!  He is a semi-pro mountain biker, loves ATV’s, and has a custom-built electric go cart. 


Safety Day 5/11/18



Annual CPAVTS Safety Day

Cumberland Perry AVTS Safety Day began in full-force, with students viewing demonstrations from various local firefighters dismantling a vehicle before your eyes. Utilizing the “jaws of life” machinery, they could show students how they would work to rescue trapped occupants in a car accident. Cumberland County Mobile Command Center put you in the seat for an actual emergency experience.ay, Friday, May 11, 2018

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s office sent Keisel, their K-9 Officer, in uniform and ready for any explosive action that was going to occur. Silver Spring Township Police Department had a police car available for students to “test” what it would be like to ride in a cruiser from the criminal perspective. Lower Allen Police Department was in attendance as well, bringing extra gear for students to “suit-up” and test. Summit Search and Rescue had Man-Trailing Bloodhounds ready to track down any students planning to escape campus.

BACA (Biker’s Against Child Abuse) returned to offer their legendary “ring the soda bottle” game, and the DCNR Forestry had the fire patrol vehicle and equipment used to extinguish forest fires. Also returning were The Above and Beyond English Setter Rescue crew, with four rescue dogs from foster homes available for students to handle; and Artist Neil McMillen showed off his artistic talents by doing caricatures of students again.

Not to be completely outdone, CPAVTS student organizations hosted many concessions for safety day attendees. FFA had a super sundae bar, NTHS collaborated with Advertising students for face painting, and FCCLA sold delicious treats and cold drinks. On the recreational side of the fun, was Criminal Justice, putting students up to the test in their police officer agility training course! There were also some student organized sports to enjoy, like volleyball, soc

cer and ladder ball games.

Thank you to all for joining us and supporting the CPAVTS Safety Day 2018!

Cooperative Education Spotlight- Elwood Yohe

As a 9th grade student, Elwood Yohe attended Cumberland Perry AVTS Open House. He wasn’t quite sure what program was a good fit for him. After meeting Brenton Yaukey, Automotive Collison Instructor, Elwood knew where he wanted to spend the next three years of high school. He completed an application for the Automotive Collision program and was accepted later that year. After two and a half years of classwork and hands-on-training, Elwood decided to put his skillset to work through the Cooperative Education Program. He applied for a position with Brenner Nissan in March and is now gainfully employed. Each day brings a new adventure for the Big Spring High School senior as he learns the ropes of the real world. Disassembling and reassembling vehicles, reading estimates, appling body filler, prepping vehicles for painting, priming and sanding,  are all part of the job description. Elwood is more than prepared to handle everything that comes with the job. He loves the fact that everyone in the shop is friendly and always helping him learn the tricks of the trade. He is currently limited to four hours of work each day and can’t wait to graduate as he has a full-time position waiting on him. Elwood went from career exploration to having a career plan thanks to Vocational Education and a great work ethic.

Instructor Salute...

Changing of the Times…

Ron Atticks…the man…the myth…the legend.

Mr. Atticks has been a fixture at CPAVTS for 31 years. During his time at CPAVTS, he has grown the Graphic Communications program with the changing times. From letter press printing, to offset printing; and then computers, to the desktop publishing we see taught today. He has been here for it all. It is only fitting that the era of print ends with him.

Speaking with Ron, he recalls a favorite memory: “I had a student that almost quit school! I watched as they turned their life around. They became a state contestant for SkillsUSA, and then they succeeded in their career in the Graphics field.” He remarked that he also enjoys contact with former students, hearing of their successes and even receiving invitations to their weddings. He also enjoyed the yearly Skills door decorating holiday competition, and why wouldn’t he? The Graphics program won the competition countless times for each category.

Although there are joyous memories, Ron is more than ready to get retirement started, beginning in June with a wedding reception and then traveling across the country, touring the west coast. His fun doesn’t stop there though, he also has plans to see the US Open! He plans to stay active, with various interests such as volunteering, golfing, gardening, and swimming. He is looking forward to spending lots of time with his new wife, family, and especially their grandchildren. We couldn’t be happier for you sir.

Enjoy your retirement and thank you for the years of dedication to CPAVTS!

Program Spotlight- Computer Programming

Student Spotlight                                 

Summarize what you learn in your program in one sentence.

“How computers are able to do what they’re programmed to do.”

“I learn problem solving skills and how to apply them to the computer programming field.”

“We learn how to use various programming languages to do what we need them to do, as well as discrete mathematics.”

“You learn to think in a way that involves breaking problems down.”

What is the hardest part of your program?

“Trying to get a grip on various concepts that don’t make any sense to you at first.”

“It’s watching others struggle and not being able to help them. When it clicks and makes sense to you, you just want others to get to that point of understanding as well.”

“Learning the new material at first.”

What is part of your program is the most fun?

“When you finally overcome an obstacle, like getting a grip on a concept that doesn’t make any sense at first…that feeling is great!”

“When you spend a lot of time working on a program and it finally runs properly.”

“Programming on the computers versus writing programs.”

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

“The python programming language.”

“Using different languages to code, we use it to make programs.”

What is your plan for after high school?

“Go to college to improve my programming skills further, and then get a job as a game developer.”

“Go to college because I am currently in a dual enrollment program.”

“Attend college, most likely Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, and earn my degree in Software Engineering.”

“Go to college to extend my skills in computer science.”

What is going to be the highlight of the year?

“I’m not entirely sure, but I would imagine our final project will be pretty fun.”

“It is when you get to look back at our first few programs and see how simple they are, and we get to laugh about how we struggled with those!”

“Probably all the fun we had together as a class, we’re all good friends.”

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

“I created a small game, on my own time, using the skills I picked up during class.”

“Learning how to break down real life problems, and solve them with computer programs.”

Explain a typical day in your program.

“Come in, sit down, learn, and then code.”

“You come in from the bus, answer the daily question on the board, have a lesson on the current chapter for you theory time and then you get to do your hands-on work, writing programs for Mr. Lehman or the book.”

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

“It is more difficult than my other class. The deadlines are stricter and the math requires a lot of critical thinking.”

“I am learning new things for college and for college credits, while I’m still in high school.”

“The class is smaller, so there’s more one-on-one interactions with the teacher and with classmates. If I have a question about anything the answer is always given to me directly.”

“Hands-on learning and very personal. Since our class is so small, we can get a lot of individual help when we need it.”

“We are a lot closer as a class, we know each other well and share similar interests. We enjoy what we do here together.”

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

“Just remember that the first half of the year is discrete mathematics and not programming. However it is still fun and worthwhile. You need those fundamentals.”

“Don’t give up at first! Discrete math is hard at first but it gets easier and it is well worth it.”

“Be proficient in math, and have a good memory. Take notes, ask questions and pay attention!”