Senior Seminar "Preparing Students for their Financial Report Card"

Senior Seminar is a student directed course that prepares seniors with necessary employability skills before entering the workforce.  A student will have eighteen class sessions before graduation at CPAVTS.  Teacher lead instruction and guest speakers present topics regarding work place safety and legal information.  CPAVTS’s own administration speaks to students regarding taxes, budgets, and savings. 

Properly completing an application is the first step in securing an employment offer.  During the first quarter of senior seminar students will draft a resume, cover letter, gather references, and create their hiring portfolio. Interview preparations will take place and beginning the second quarter, mock interviews will be conducted in student programs.  After interview tips, questions, and preparations have concluded, students work on proper thank you letter etiquette.  Communication skills, time management, and proper resignation procedures are also covered.

Mrs. Angela Barlup from Belco Community Credit Union spent time with the seniors speaking about budgeting, financial goals, and the importance of savings.   Students need to have the skills to be financially independent since CPAVTS prepares them to jump right into the workforce after graduation in June.  She reiterates to students that “Your credit score is a financial report card”. 

Cumberland Perry AVTS prepares students for real world growth.

January 2019- Rotary Students of the Month

Rotary- Jan. 2019

Chloe White is a Big Spring High School student in the Advertising, Art and Design Program. She is a part of NTHS (National Technical Honor Society) at CPAVTS, serving as the Vice President. She volunteers with organizations such as, CEfe and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, as well as Special Olympics and NY Missions Trips. She is the Captain of her swimming/diving team at Big Spring, and participated in track and field. She lifeguards at Carlisle Barracks, and is employed as a cashier with Target. Chloe was accepted to Messiah College and Kutztown, and plans to double major in Marketing and Graphic Design.

Anthony Christiana is an East Pennsboro High School student in the Carpentry Program at CPAVTS. He is part of Student Council, serving as Vice President, and Ski Club at East Penn. At Cumberland Perry he participates with NAHB and SkillsUSA. In his spare time, he volunteers at East Shore YMCA, and was named Youth Volunteer of the Year. He is currently employed at Kristy’s Whistle Stop. Following graduation, Anthony plans to attend the Pennsylvania College of Technology to study Construction Management.

Rebecca Still is a Newport High School student in the Dental Assisting Program. She is part of NTHS and HOSA (Health Students of America) at CPAVTS. At Newport, Rebecca participates in Cross Country, Varsity Softball, Environmental Club, National Honor Society, as well at being the Captain of the Varsity Cheer Squad, and competitive cheerleading. She is a member of the Newport Pennsylvania Youth Education Association, and Relay for Life student team. Rebecca has been on a mission trip to Haiti, was a teen counselor for Perry County Day Camp, and attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Conference. She also finds time in her busy schedule to volunteer for Newport Youth Baseball, and work at 3B Ice Cream. She plans to attend either HACC or Northampton Community College upon graduation, to study Dental Hygiene.

West Shore SD donation will educate students for a decade

Cumberland Perry AVTS received an early “present” from West Shore School District, in the form of a 2007 Loadmaster Freightliner trash truck.  West Shore School District has over 200 students who attend CPAVTS, and they thought “what better option of a $9,000 trade in value, then to donate it for student education.” 

The diesel instructors were excited to receive the big blue trash truck!   It is fully operational truck with a Mercedes electronically controlled engine and functioning hydraulic system, motorized by PTO (power take off).  Diesel instructors, Andy and Doug, are assuming this truck will provide at least 10 years of education to students at CPAVTS.  Students haven’t had the opportunity previously to work on this model electronic engine or even a vehicle with hydraulics. 

Cumberland Perry AVTS thanks West Shore School District for this valuable learning opportunity for students. 

Advertising Art & Design Instructor Salute

Wendy Lenker-Badorf has been a vital component in the Advertising Art and Design program at Cumberland Perry AVTS for 30 years.  She has been a mentor to many new teachers showing them the ropes at CPAVTS.  She will miss the CP family, but is looking forward to travel adventures and just unwinding.

Here is a “Q” and “A” from Wendy:

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

The biggest change to my program has been the introduction of the computer and Adobe software.  Many tasks that were once performed by hand are now electronic and completed in a quarter of the time!  Full color digital printing has also made a huge impact in the design field.

What is your most memorable experience at CPAVTS?

In 2010, my students were part of the winning team that built the NanoCar in the contest sponsored by Phoenix Contact in Middletown.  We did the marketing.  The Electronics teacher, 9 students, and myself won a 10-day trip to Germany that included private tours of Berlin, Wolfsburg’s Volkswagen facility, a vocational school in Frankfurt, and so much more! 

Why did you want to be a teacher?

I was intrigued when I read the ad for a Commercial Art teacher in the newspaper all those years ago.  I didn’t know much about vocational education and thought the concept of teaching something I loved to do would be fun and rewarding at the same time. 

What will you miss at or about CPAVTS?

I grew up here and have so many friends and members of my CP family who have moved on or retired before me. I will miss the people and of course it’s hard to leave my current students, especially seniors!

What are your plans after retiring?

I will be working as a “mountain host” at Roundtop Mountain Resort this winter.  My husband and I have plans to travel, ski, and ride our bikes more often. I also plan to pursue freelance design work. I am looking forward to family time and sleepovers with our granddaughter.

We wish Wendy lots of rest, relaxation, and family time during her retirement.  Thank you for your 30 years of dedication to CPAVTS. 

Cooperative Education Spotlight- Nick Wagner

coop spotlight-dec 2018

Nick Wagner, a senior from Cumberland Valley High School, has a career plan in place better than most high school seniors. It all started as an 8th grade student, where he completed an application for the Automotive Technology Program at Cumberland Perry AVTS. He was accepted later that year and jumped right into the task list as a 9th grader. Knowing that he could only stay in any one program a maximum of 3 years, he switched to Welding his second year and decided that is what he wanted to do for a living. At the conclusion of his junior year, he applied for a position with PennDot in Carlisle and is now currently employed by them through the Cooperative Education program. Each day at PennDot brings a new adventure for Nick, which is what he really enjoys most about his position. Repairing broken snow plows, mounting brackets on new equipment, assisting bridge crews, and all other general shop repairs are part of his day. The PennDot team has adopted Nick as one of their own and he really cherishes the people who take time out of their day to teach him. The transition from the classroom to the world of work has been very successful for Nick, thanks to his dedication, work ethic, vocational training, and PennDot’s team. With graduation right around the corner, Nick’s future appears to be on track.