Catching Up With...Emma Adams, Class of '19

Describe the company or industry in which you currently work. 

“I am currently working for Tuckey, which is an HVAC/R company, which also deals with Metal Fabrication and Restoration.”


What is your job title and what do you do?

“I am an HVAC technician in training. That means I ride with a technician and help with general maintenance and also troubleshoot when something is not working.”


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

“I have not worked for any other HVAC company, I was a Cooperative Education student with Tuckey my final year at CPAVTS, and that transitioned into a full time position after graduation.”


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

“Any additional training was on the job, from working with a technician. CPAVTS did help prepare me for this be giving me skills and the troubleshooting way of thinking that I use today.”


How was Cumberland Perry different than your regular high school?

“Cumberland Perry is just a really different place. It trains you in a specific skill that you must know for your future employment, and life in general. You determine that training based on what you are interested in pursuing. This school prepares teenagers for the transition into adulthood, and sets them up for success.”


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.”

March 2020- Rotary Students of the Month

Madelyne Brymesser is a Cumberland Valley High School student in the CPAVTS Dental Assisting Program. She is the Secretary for the student organization HOSA (Health Students of America), CPAVTS. At Cumberland Valley she is a committee member with USHJA Youth Foundation. She volunteers at HollyHurst Farm, and is currently working at Brymesser Farms, as a home baker. She was named Student of the Quarter and made Honor Roll. Upon graduating, she plans to attend HACC to continue studies in Dental Hygiene.

Trevor Mihalaki is a student in the Automotive Collision Technology Program at CPAVTS, from the Cumberland Valley High School. He is currently employed at a Cooperative Education student with Bob Ruth Ford. He has made the Honor Roll, and been named as Student of the Quarter, CPAVTS. He plans to attend the University of Northwestern Ohio after graduating to study Automotive Technology.

Josephina Hanzel is a Northern High School student in the Culinary Arts Program at CPAVTS. She made Distinguished Honor Roll at Northern, and Honor Roll at CPAVTS. She was also named Student of the Quarter, CPAVTS. She is a volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House, ACF; PA Flavor and Smoke in the Park. She plans to attend Penn College of Technology to study Baking and Pastry Arts after graduation.

New Instructor Spotlight- Marc Kocher, Carpentry

New Instructor Spotlight – Marc Kocher, Carpentry Instructor

Mr. Kocher was welcomed to CPAVTS in January 2020, as the Carpentry I instructor.  He has over 40 years’ experience in the construction industry and wants to share his expertise with his students.   Here is what he shared regarding his new teaching position:


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


I worked in the construction industry for a home builder for two and a half years, and then worked my way up at a heavy highway utility contractor for 38 years. 


What made you decide you wanted to teach?


Seeing the lack of knowledge and skill set workers had entering the construction industry and also the physical aspect of the construction field.


How has your first month been?


Getting to know all the students and their personalities has been challenging. 


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


Rough framing with outdoor work experience.


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


To prepare students as much as I possibly can for the construction industry!

Cooperative Education Spotlight- Aaron Myers

Aaron Myers, a senior from Big Spring High School, starts each school day working at USA Spares while most of his classmates are on the bus or driving to school. Aaron is working for USA Spares through the Cooperative Education program at Cumberland Perry AVTS. After 2 years of classroom and hands on training in the Precision Machine Technology program at CPAVTS, he figured the next step in his education would be on-the-job training. He now reports to the production floor each day to find a new task awaiting his arrival. His training in the PMT program helped prepare him for most tasks including blue print reading, metal identification, precision measurement practices, manual CNC lathe procedures, manual CNC milling procedures, and the operation of many cutting machines. These real world situations are difficult to duplicate in the classroom setting. Aaron has cherished this opportunity and says it has helped prepare him for any and all future endeavors. The team at USA Spares has been a great partner for helping Aaron realize his potential and pushing him towards new goals. His career path is definitely headed in the right direction!

Thank You JOC Members

The month of January is recognized as School Board Director Appreciation month.  Cumberland Perry AVTS has 13 member school districts which provides 18 Joint Operating Committee members.  Each school district provides school board directors based on the average student membership they contribute yearly.  Members oversee the operation, administration, and overall management of Cumberland Perry AVTS.  Cumberland Perry AVTS has JOC members that vary in years of service, the current longest member since 1991. 

As a small gesture to thank members, CPAVTS Culinary students made various fruit pies and Welding students fabricated a Cumberland Perry keychain. These tokens of appreciation were presented at the January JOC meeting.  CPAVTS is very appreciative to all the JOC members that support and dedicate their time promoting all the programs at Cumberland Perry AVTS.