April 2018- Rotary Students of the Month

SOM's April 2018

Jonathan Walker is an East Pennsboro High School student in the Computer Networking Program. He is a member of SkillsUSA and is currently employed at McDonalds. He has applied to Pittsburgh Technical College and the University of Pittsburgh. Once accepted, he plans to continue his vocational studies by majoring in Computer Engineering.

Lena Cox is a Northern York High School student in the Cosmetology Program. She participates in volleyball, basketball, and lacrosse at Northern York. Outside of school, Lena is an active member of her church’s youth group and even went on a mission’s trip to Honduras. She is currently employed at Dairy Queen. She has applied to Messiah College, where she plans to major in Spanish.

Kyle Nieves is a Camp Hill High School student in the Criminal Justice program. He is a student advisor for the Camp Hill Archery Club and President of the Camp Hill Gay/Straight Alliance Club. He is a former Operations Committee member for Camp Hill Mini-THON. He has applied to Shippensburg University, where he plans to major in Criminal Justice.

Catching Up With…Brianna Knipe, Class of ’17 and Jessica Zerance, Class of ‘95

The CPAVTS Nursing Program opens doors to a wide variety of career possibilities…even slightly unexpected ones! Brianna Knipe (pictured left) is a graduate, of Susquenita High Alumni Spotlight-April 2018School, and Jessica Zarence (pictured right), of West Perry High School. Both ladies completed studies at CPAVTS in the Nursing Assisting Program. We took this unique opportunity to get some perspective from a recent graduate compared to someone with more experience in the industry.

Here is what these ladies had to share with us:

Describe the Company or Industry in which you currently work.

“Stone Bridge Nursing Home.”- Brianna Knipe

“Private Dental office.”- Jessica Zarence


What is your job title and what do you do?

“My current job title is Dietary, and I serve the residents at Stone Bridge and help them eat.”- Brianna 

“I am currently a Dental Hygienist. When I went to CPAVTS for the Nursing program, your first year in the program was actually separated into thirds. You would study in each, of the then three, program areas related to the medical field: Nursing, Dental and Health Careers.”- Jessica


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

“I also worked at Kinkora Nursing home doing dietary, while going to CPAVTS.”

“I worked as a CNA for seven years and during college I worked for several nursing homes.”

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

“I am currently furthering my education in the field of Nursing at Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC). At this point I’ve only been doing pre-requisite classes, but I will start my major in the Fall of 2018. I do feel that CPAVTS prepared me for this field by making sure I learned medical terms and that I was already able to identify different parts of the body.”-Brianna

“B.S. in Health Policy Administration and an Associates in Dental Hygiene. I attended Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) and Penn Tech.”-Jessica


How was Cumberland Perry different than your regular high school?

“It prepared me for what I WANTED to study and allowed me to get the “hands-on” experience and training.”-Brianna

“I was able to learn by doing, instead of memorizing and test taking. I have always been more of a “hands-on” learner.”-Jessica


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

“I haven’t been out of school long enough for anything to change yet.”-Brianna

“We are now able to give Anesthesia to patients for the doctors, and there are a lot of part time jobs in this field now.”-Jessica


What is your favorite CPAVTS memory?

“My favorite memories at CPAVTS were from my clinical and the safety day event.”-Brianna

“Mrs. Kublic was a strict teacher, but I learned so much from her. We had a girl cut her thumb off in class, so we had some real life emergencies. Mrs. Danner always told me I should have stayed in the Dental field instead of Nursing because I was a natural… turns out I should have listened to her.”-Jessica

CPAVTS Honors It's Business Partner of the Year!

On March 27, the annual Occupational Advisory Committee Dinner was held to show appreciation for our committee members. Additionally, CPAVTS recognized its Business Partner of the Year: The Ames Companies, Inc., of Carlisle, PA.

Each of the 22 programs at CPAVTS has an Occupational Advisory Committee that provides guidance and support to ensure that programs prepare students with the skills and knowledge that their chosen fields require. These committee members are seasoned professionals with a keen insight into the trends and changes sweeping their industries. Their dedication is invaluable in keeping our programs as up-to-date as possible by providing this knowledge to our instructors. “You’re only as good as the company you keep” - Aesop.

Ames has been associated with CPAVTS for many years, and in that time, not only has the company served on the advisory committees in the Logistics & Warehouse Management Program and the Precision Machine Technology program but they also are helping to guide the development of the newest program at CPAVTS: Automation, Robotics, and Electronics. (coming  2018/2019)

The staff at Ames True Temper Distribution Center were instrumental in the development and implementation of the inaugural Logistics student internship program during this past autumn, allowing Logistics students the opportunity to gain real-world experience in a large distribution facility. Additionally, Ames has provided technical expertise for the scanning technology utilized in the Logistics program.

The industry professionals, who generously offer their time and other resources to improving the quality of education that our students receive, are a major factor in why CPAVTS is so successful today. We would like to thank our OAC members and The Ames Companies, Inc. for their efforts to promote the importance of Career and Technical Education!

Business Partner of the Year- Ames

Jacob Haas and Jessica Sparaco were present to accept the award on behalf of The Ames Companies, Inc.

Pictured left to right: Joseph Knouse, Jessica Sparaco,

Jacob Haas, Justin Bruhn

Catching Up With…Melissa Cronk, Class of ‘12

Melissa is a graduate of Big Spring High School and the Advertising Art & Design Program.alumni spotlight- march 2018

She has made wonderful use of her experience at CPAVTS by continuing her work in the world of art and design—everything from freelance and internships, to directing an advertising agency! So many possibilities in this career and it sounds like Melissa is doing it all!

Melissa has recently been in contact with her CPAVTS teacher, Mrs. Lenker-Badorf. She graciously accepted the opportunity to have her career thus far featured with us.

Here is what she had to say:

What is your job title and what do you do?

“I am currently an Art Director at an all-service advertising agency called Akins Parker in Downtown Santa Ana, CA. We are privately owned boutique with many projects ranging from print to web. I mostly work with our hotels and hospitality clientele to create catalogs, brochures, stationary, in-room collateral, posters, signage, and other print or multimedia pieces.”


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

“I have had internships- Web Design Intern with JPL Creative located in Harrisburg, PA and Marketing Web Design Intern, with Disc Makers in Pennsauken, NJ. I was a part-time employee with Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute, and MBA & MS Marketing as a Graphic Designer within Fox School of Business in Philadelphia, PA. I did freelance design work with both From the Roots Fitness in Philadelphia and Juvo+ in Monrovia, CA.”


How was Cumberland Perry different than your regular high school?

“My high school didn’t have any classes that developed further than color theory when it came to design. CPAVTS provided a program for me to learn the Adobe Creative software and design principles while honing my skills with “real life” work experiences.”


What is your favorite CPAVTS memory?

“Of course, the friends that I made at CPAVTS and the fun we had is something I remember fondly. But my favorite memory of the AA&D program, was prepping the room for open house and visiting schools. I loved watching everyone’s best work get put out on display for parents and prospective students to see. It reminded me of when I visited and saw all the beautiful work and decided on the spot that this is where I belonged!”


Upon graduating from CPAVTS, Melissa completed the Graphic Design course at HACC and continued her education at Temple’s Tyler School of Art, College — Graphic & Interactive Design


Cooperative Education Spotlight- Bailey Moyer

coop spotlight- march 2018

Every day a little before noon, Bailey Moyer leaves Mechanicsburg High School and drives right past Cumberland Perry AVTS, where he is enrolled in the Diesel Technology Program: He is instead en route to his cooperative education position with East Pennsboro Township in Enola! After 2 years of classroom and hands on training at CPAVTS, Bailey was offered a summer position with the township, which transitioned to participating in the Coop program during his senior year. He reports to the garage area to find something different to work on each day; Dump trucks, backhoes, firetrucks, lawnmowers, and crew trucks are just a few pieces of equipment that always need to be repaired. His training in the diesel program helped prepare him for trouble shooting problems with electrical systems, hydraulic lines, brakes, fuel systems, and many other parts. These real world situations are sometimes difficult to duplicate in the classroom setting, but Bailey has cherished this opportunity for his senior year and says it has helped prepare him for any future endeavors. His career path is steered in the correct direction!