Education Exploration @ CPAVTS

Over 3,000 students explored high school career program opportunities at Cumberland Perry AVTS over a two day schedule.  Cumberland Perry AVTS hosts 13 different school districts within Cumberland, Perry, Adams, and York County, and the 8th and 9th graders came prepared to dive into their high school career possibilities. 

Each student was assigned to a tour group where they visited 11 different programs available to them in high school.  Tours were kept to a brief 5 minute program presentation to keep the schedule on task.  Current CPAVTS students had the credentials to qualify as tour guides, teacher assistants, or even program presenters.  CPAVTS students were proud to feature their projects and assist their instructors. 

CPAVTS is hosting an Open House scheduled on Thursday, November 7, 2019, from 5-7 pm for students and parents to attend and explore career readiness opportunities for potential enrollment.

Cumberland Cafe

Cumberland Perry AVTS student run cafe will open to the public on Friday, October 25, 2019.  They will be serving breakfast, lunch, and dessert.  This is a student designed menu with weekly specials.  The restaurant is reservation and cash only with handicap accessibility.  The restaurant seats 30 guests is is open from 8:30 -10:30 am and 12:30-2:30 pm on Fridays only.  Please call 717-697-0354 ext. 170 to make your reservation.


New Instructor Spotlight - Richard Heater, Computer Networking Instructor

Mr. Richard Heater was welcomed to Cumberland Perry AVTS in July 2019.  Mr. Heater obtained his Master’s Degree from Western International University in Information Systems Engineering. He is also an active member in the U.S. Army Signal Branch.  Here is what he shared regarding his new teaching position:


What did you do before coming to work at Cumberland Perry AVTS?

Before coming to Cumberland Perry AVTS I was a full-time soldier in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.  Over the last several years I had several different positions including Information Systems Security Manager and Full-Time IT Manager for the 28th Infantry Division.


What made you decide you wanted to teach?

I have always enjoyed helping others to learn and grow their knowledge.  Previously I volunteered as an Assistant Scoutmaster for my sons’ Boy Scout Troop and now I volunteer as a mentor for a high school robotics team called Normality Zero.  It has been rewarding watching the students learn from the knowledge that I’ve shared with them. 


How has your first month been?

Interesting.  I’ve learned a lot about myself, teaching and most of all the students.  The students want to learn and were excited when they got to take apart a computer.


What part of the curriculum are you looking most forward to teaching?

Having the students build an entire computer network from scratch to include the computers, install the network devices and servers.


What’s the most important thing you hope to impart on your students?

Learning is a lifelong adventure that does not stop when you graduate High School.


Cooperative Education Spotlight- Bryce Baker

Bryce Baker, a senior from Big Spring High School, is at work each morning while most of his classmates are getting ready for school. He is currently employed by E&G Services Inc., earning an introductory level wage while he participates in the Cooperative Education Program. After 2 years of classroom and hands-on training in the Electrical & Construction Maintenance program at CPAVTS, the transition from the classroom to the work force was an easy one for Bryce. E&G Services enables Bryce to work with state of the art equipment and obtain on-the-job training that is sometimes difficult to simulate in the classroom. While at work, Bryce can be found installing panels, lights, devices, feeders and running conduit as well as many other tasks associated with the electrical field. This year is Bryce’s 4th year at Cumberland Perry AVTS. He started his experience as a 9th grader and took a year of welding to help enhance his skill-set and diversify his abilities for any employer. Bryce’s career path is well in place for a successful future!

Program Spotlight- Electrical Construction and Maintenance

Teacher Spotlight- Mr. Baney


What is the most significant new or different aspect to your program this year?

"We are working with the local apprenticeship programs to intergrate their 1st year apprenticeship program into our curriculum. This will give our students an advantage when finding a job after graduation."


What are some of the more common career pathways your students take when they leave CPAVTS?

“Most of the students that complete this program are accepted into an apprenticeship program to become journeyman electrician. However the base knowledge is the same for getting a head start on an Electrical Engineering Degree in college.”


What particular training/unit do employers seek that helps students get their foot in the door?

“I think that all of the things that are taught in my class are important to employers. Employers in this industry are looking for well-rounded entry level apprentices with basic knowledge and skills.”


What is some of the recent technology and/or trends in the profession with which students become familiar?

“Motor Controls are a big deal in this area. We are a major shipping hub and students should be able to troubleshoot these circuits. LED lighting is taking over the industry.”


What unit/topic do students struggle with the most in your program? Why do you think that is?

“The students seem to struggle with conduit bending the most. There is a lot of formulas and techniques that need to be remembered. Conduit bending takes a long time to master and I think some students get frustrated that they don’t get it right away.”


Explain a typical day in your program.

“Students arrive and change into their program uniforms. We then have a 20-30 minute lecture. After the lecture students work in the lab on their projects. 1st year students work on residential wiring projects, 2nd year students work on commercial wiring projects, and 3rd year students are either on Co-Op or looking for Co-op opportunities.”


What advice would you give students who have completed your program?

“Put your time in.”


How many years have you been at CPAVTS?

“This is my 5th year at CPAVTS.”


What is your experience before coming to CPAVTS?

“I am a Master Electrician with over 20 years of field experience in commercial construction, and service. I taught apprenticeship school part time for 2 years and taught post-secondary, full time, for 4 years before starting here.”


Student Spotlight-ECM


Summarize what you learn in your program in one sentence.

 “We learn how to do electrical work in a safe controlled environment.”


 What is the hardest part of your program?

“Doing lectures, and getting to understand the workforce.”


What is the most fun part of your program?

“Working hands-on in the shop, constructing projects.”


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

“Motor controls, and green electric.”


What is your plan for after high school?

“To do a four year apprenticeship.”


What is going to be the highlight of the year in your program?

“Dong commercial projects on stud walls.”


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

“Hooking up a 100 AMP breaker, then hooking it to various devices.”


Explain a typical day in your program.

“Doing NJATC computer work and then shop work.”


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

“The program I take is different because I do physical work, and get to learn something of value to me and my future career.”


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

“You should only join this program if you are willing to work to be and electrician, and give it a 110% effort.”