Catching Up With...Daulton Bigler, Class of '16

Alumni Spotlight- Sept 2018Daulton is a graduate of Cumberland Valley High School and the Advertising, Art and Design Program. He visited CPAVTS last school year, to do a project for previous instructor, Mrs. Lenker- Badorf, and graciously took some time to fill us in on what he has been up to in his industry.

Here is what he had to say:

Describe the company or industry in which you currently work.

“Factor X Graphics, which is a large industry warehouse and commercial sign manufacturer. We also print banners, vehicle wraps and barcodes.”


What is your job title and what do you do?

“I am a graphic designer and I work on the production floor. I also handle the racecar graphics and instillation department.”


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

“I was hired right after graduating from CPAVTS and I have been full-time at Factor X Graphics (Owned by former Advertising student, and current OAC member, Chad Mullen), ever since.”


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

“Nothing additional. I have used a lot of my design skills that were acquired through CPAVTS, and I continue to use them on a daily basis.”


How was Cumberland Perry different than you regular high school?

“It taught me the skills necessary to work in a field I wanted a career in. I am very thankful for everything CPAVTS does for kids.”


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

“Technology is always changing, but signs are signs, and they are always in demand.”



What is your favorite CPAVTS memory?

“Working with multiple shops, as well as NTHS with designing logos, flyers, designing and installing the Culinary Café decal on their window.”

Race car- program spotlight sept 2018

"In addition I also included a picture of my racecar that I designed the wrap for through my job!"- Daulton Bigler


Electrical Construction Maintenance Apprenticeship Possibilities

Electrical Construction Maintenance Apprenticeship Possibilities

As far as jobs that are high in demand, Electrical Construction and Maintenance is among the top. Students at Cumberland Perry AVTS have many opportunities available to them compared to those in a typical high school setting. Upon graduation, students from CPAVTS “jump ahead” to year two of their training once they are accepted into their apprenticeship.

One option students may apply for is the NJATC (National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee) Curriculum, level II students may receive advanced placement into the apprenticeship program by the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers). Student will be learning crucial skills regarding conduit fabrication, code standards, DC theory, motor controls, and blueprints. There are currently 26 level II students enrolled for the 2018-2019 school year.

Level III seniors that participate in cooperative education with a member of (IEC) Independent Electrical Contractor, receive advanced placement into the first year of their apprenticeship program. Students will receive training regarding safety, lighting systems, transformers, and mechanical skills. There are three seniors currently participating in this program who are employed by BBEC Inc. (Mechanicsburg, PA), and Hull’s Electric (Gettysburg, PA).

The apprenticeship program includes many beneficial offers, such as “earn as you learn” with valuable credentials lasting for a lifetime. There are progressive increases in wages as you complete apprenticeship journeyman work, and classroom instruction is also a great benefit.

Welcome new staff to Cumberland Perry AVTS

 Welcome to CPAVTS


Mr. Scott Lindsey - Pupil Services Supervisor/Assistant Principal

Mr. Lindsey graduated from York College of Pennsylvania in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education Social Studies. He was a teacher at Cornwall-Lebanon School District for 10 years and obtained his Master’s in Educational Administration from California University of Pennsylvania in 2012.   He coached wrestling and football at Cornwall-Lebanon School District and Bishop McDevitt. He was an assistant principal/alternative education liaison for 4 years at Susquehanna Township School District. When Mr. Lindsey is not working he could be officiating a NCAA wrestling match, watching Penn State Football, or playing golf.



Mr. John Lamertina - Computer Programming Instructor

Mr. Lamertina is a graduate of Altoona Area High School where he studied drafting and design.  He attended St. Francis University for his undergraduate and George Washington University for graduate studies.  He started his career as a programmer analyst and then was a professor at St. Francis University for 12 years. Mr. Lamertina and his wife Dianne share 3 sons Luke, Jacob, and Michael.  When he is not in the classroom he enjoys exercising, Tai Chi, and traveling.

Automation, Robotics, & Electronics

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!