Program Spotlight- Emerging Health Professionals

Teacher Spotlight- Ms. Olcese


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

“The program itself is brand new this year.”


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

“Most have goals of being a doctor or an RN, physical therapy and speech therapy are also goals I have heard of from my students this year.”


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

“Employers seek candidates with a good work ethic. This class teaches responsibility, time management, and professional behavior through job shadowing and Anatomy and Physiology.”


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

“Healthcare utilizes a lot of technology. Students need to have good computer skills. Today’s healthcare uses electronic health records.”


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

“Anatomy and Physiology- it is a college course, taught by professors at the college. Since these students are high school level, it is an adjustment in learning, requiring a lot of independent study on top of what they learn in class.”


Explain a typical day in your program.

“Mondays and Wednesdays students do job shadowing at various health care careers (hospitals, clinics, etc). On Tuesday and Thursday students attend their Anatomy and Physiology courses at Messiah College, and then Fridays they learn theory and some health care related skills in class.”


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

“Just know that after completing this program, you will be better prepared for college. Don’t be afraid of something because it’s hard. Don’t be too hard on yourself and remember that sometimes the long road is a more successful journey.”


How many years have you been at CPAVTS and what was your experience before coming to CPAVTS?

“I spent 2 years adjunct and 8 years full time at CPAVTS teaching. I have been an RN since 1995. I worked in long term care for 5 years, and acute care (at hospital) for 20 years.”



Student Spotlight- Emerging Health Professionals


Summarize what you learn in your program in ONE sentence.

“We learn in-depth information about the human body and see all aspects of working in the healthcare field.”

“We learn how to be a professional, and how to apply knowledge to causes of issues in the body. We learn how the systems of the body work.”

“I have gained knowledge of medical professions and learned a new way of school and personal skills with others.”


What is the hardest part of your program?

“The hardest part of the class, is the course at Messiah, Anatomy and Physiology.”

“I believe the hardest part of the program is the transition you need to make from high school to college environments.”


What is the most fun part of your program?

“Shadowing different health professionals.”

“The shadowing opportunities are fun! We go into hospitals, outpatient offices, and participate in ambulance ride-alongs two days a week.”

“The most fun part of the program is the experiences I have through job shadowing, and learning about specialties that I never knew about in the healthcare field. Also taking the college class is a neat experience, and a good way to prepare for when I go off to college.”


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

“We recently learned how to manually take vital signs- blood pressure, pulse and respirations, it’s not technology per say, but it is a new skill learned.”

“While riding with the ambulances, I have learned about how to prepare IV bags, test glucose, understanding EKG lead placement, etc. I have also learned how to take vitals through the CPAVTS course with Ms. Olcese.”


What is your plan for after high school?

“I plan to attend HACC for Nursing, gain experience as a Nurse, and then go back to school to become a Nurse Practitioner.”

“I am going to attend Waynesburg University to become an RN. I will probably then go on to get a Masters (and potentially a doctorate) to be a Nurse Practitioner.”

“I want to attend Waynesburg University, become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, and travel nursing to Haiti and Africa.”

“My plan after high school is to go to Penn State for my BSN, and try out for the Blue Bond. However in the summer 2020, before college, I am going for my Emergency Medical Technician certification.”


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

“Finishing Anatomy and Physiology II.”

“The highlight of the year is the job shadows. It is fun to be involved in the actual healthcare field and to watch the nurses do their jobs.”

“For me it is the job shadows. I have enjoyed getting a glimpse into jobs in healthcare-even ones that I hadn’t even thought of pursing in my future career.”

“I believe any time I got to ride with Life Team, that it will be the highlight of the year. I really enjoy the Life Team, specifically within this program.”


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

“CPR, and taking blood pressure.”

“I am proud of learning better time management, with juggling job shadow, the CPAVTS class, and the college class. I am also proud of learning how to do things like vitals and getting certified in Basic Life Support (BLS).”

“I am proud of learning all about the body and how it works, along with better communication skills. I also am gaining excellent time managing skills by balancing all of my responsibilities.”

“I am proud to learn all the different specializations within the medical field, along with bettering my communication skills.”



Describe a typical day in your classroom.

“On Mondays and Wednesdays- we do job shadow at different locations each week. On Tuesdays and Thursdays- we are at Messiah College, doing a human anatomy and physiology course. On Friday, we are at Silver Spring EMS to have a class with our CPAVTS Instructor, Ms. Olcese.”

“Depending on the day of the week, a typical day involves going to college class (A & P), or job shadowing in various medical professions, at places such as hospitals, doctor’s offices, or with an emergency medical service.”


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

“This program is mobile. We are constantly at different places. The program is also very applicable to my future (learning vitals, and various healthcare jobs).”

“It is the only program that allows me to learn in-depth A & P before graduating high school. It also allows us to see all aspects of the medical field.”

“In this class we get to be involved in many healthcare settings. We learn so much about the healthcare field, and we earn 8 college credits! This class also prepares you for college, and helps you adapt to the environment early.”


“The program at CPAVT is different from other classes because you have to be more independent/self-reliant. You have to be responsible and know where you need to be each day of the week, how to get there, and what time. Also, if there isn’t something you understand in the college course it is up to you to go to the professor, they don’t come to you to see if you are struggling.”


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?

“It is a lot of work! So you need to be fully dedicated to this class. Be sure to ask for help as soon as you fall behind or become confused, don’t wait!”

“Focus on studying for A & P because you will not be able to pass that course without studying.”

“The program is difficult because of the college course, and it requires you being somewhat organized, and having the ability to juggle multiple schedules. However, if you work hard and stay focused, you will do well.”

“This program is all based on mindset. You have to be willing to try new things, learn, and look for the best in even the worst situation. This program is a great opportunity, and it is up to you to take that opportunity and make the best of it.”

February 2020- Rotary Students of the Month

Jenesis Trish is a Nursing Assisting student from West Perry High School. She has made Honor Roll and been named Student of the Quarter, CPAVTS. She is a member of the student organization HOSA, as well as a volunteer with Bloom Mental Health Service. During her volunteer time she makes self-care packages for mentally ill patients. She also works with her Church Youth Group. Once graduated, she plans to attend HACC, the Harrisburg Campus, to study and obtain a degree in Psychology.

Devyn Rhoads is a West Perry High School student in the Automotive Technology Program. He is currently employed by Bruner’s Service Center, through the Cooperative Education Program at CPAVTS. He was named Student of the Quarter, and made the Honor Roll, CPAVTS. Following Graduation he plans to attend HACC to study General Motors, in Automotive Technology.

Mackenzie Johnston is a student in the Criminal Justice program from Boiling Springs High School. She is the President of NTHS (National Technical Honor Society), CPAVTS, as well as a member of SkillsUSA, and Class Chief in her Criminal Justice Program. She is currently employed by Sheetz. She made Honor Roll, and was named Student of the Quarter, CPAVTS. She plans to attend Indiana University of PA, to study Criminology, ROTC.

Catching Up With…Jacaylah Winters, Class of ’18 and Scott Bruce, Class of ‘17

These two Cosmetology Alumni came in for services in the Clinic, and we couldn’t resist a touch base with them since graduating. Here is what they have been busy with in industry since leaving CPAVTS.


Describe the company or industry in which you currently work.

“I’m in the Cosmetology Industry still, and it’s pretty exciting.”-Jacaylah

“I currently work for Regis Corporation, which is the largest hair salon chain in the world. They owns brands like Supercuts, SmartStyle, Cost Cutters, First Choice Haircutters, Roosters, and more.”- Scott


What is your job title and what do you do?

“Hair stylist- I do cutting, coloring hair, and waxing.”

“Hair stylist, various services in cosmetology.”


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

“CPAVTS prepared me very well. I continue to receive online training provided by Regis”


How was Cumberland Perry different than your regular high school?

“It was, for me, a more relaxed experience in education that was way more rewarding.”

“Just so much better!”


How has your industry changed?

“My industry is always changing, I don’t even know where to begin, trends effect everything.”

“The hair industry is forever changing, as new trends and technology are introduced all the time.”


What is your favorite CPAVTS memory?

“The Talent Shows!”

“The Hair Show field trips we got to go on.”

Scholarship Opportunities

Free money….is there really such a thing?  There is and although it may take time filling out the papers there are many opportunities for students who have an interest in furthering their education. 

CPAVTS students’ have various ways to discover scholarship opportunities available.  There is a scholarship bulletin board posted right outside the Student Services office, weekly announcements address the new scholarships, and counselors even seek student participation. 

For the graduating seniors from CPAVTS, heading to college in fall of 2019, there was over $16,400 delivered to colleges of their choice.  CPAVTS students also have an advantage when they go right into the work force, as many businesses donate tools, tool kits, gift cards, or checks that are distributed to students for a job well done.  Over $15,900 in tools were distributed to seniors along with over $19,800 in gift cards or checks. 

The majority of scholarships have a few requirements or maybe program specific but the opportunities are endless if effort is applied!

Cooperative Education Spotlight- Hunter Rickrode

If you have ever been on the highway in central PA and saw a trailer with 10+ axles hauling wind turbines, large irregular containers, or heavy equipment, there is a good chance Master Solutions Inc. in Carlisle was involved in the creation of the trailer hauling the product. Hunter Rickrode, a senior from Big Spring High School, is now employed by Master Solutions through the Cooperative Education program at Cumberland Perry AVTS. It all started when he was a 9th grade student, where he completed an application for the Welding Program at CPAVTS. He was accepted later that year and jumped right into the task list as a 10th grader. After two years of hard work in the classroom and on the shop floor, he applied for a position with Master Solutions Inc. and hired shortly thereafter. Each day at Master Solutions brings a new adventure for Hunter, which is what he really enjoys most about his position. Reading blue prints, mig welding on trailer frames, grinding and prepping surfaces and general problem solving are all part of his normal day. The Master Solution’s team has adopted Hunter 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 Hunter, thanks to his dedication, work ethic, vocational training, and Master Solution’s team. With graduation just several months away, Hunter’s future appears to be on track.