Cooperative Education Spotlight - Mary Zelenky

Cooperative Education Spotlight - Mary Zelenky

Mary Zelenky, a senior from West Perry High School, is currently employed by Elite Athletic Performance & Cumberland Aquatic Center in Mechanicsburg. Enrolled in the Advertising Art & Design program at CPAVTS for the past 2+ years, she has acquired the skill set necessary to land that first career job. Several days a week, she reports to work as a member of the Cooperative Education Program to cap off her high school education. Each day brings a new challenge that she eagerly accepts thanks to her education at CPAVTS. Reformatting logos, making videos, laying out brochures, creating T-shirt designs, and taking staff photos are only a few of the assignments that await Mary. The transition from the classroom to the workforce has been a good one for both Mary and Elite.

Culinary Competitor: CPAVTS Student Prepares for SkillsUSA

This year, the SkillsUSA District Competition will be held right here at CPAVTS--and those who do well will move on to the State and possibly even National Competition! This year, senior Culinary Arts student Jaedanne Kutz, a senior from Big Spring, will be participating. Briefly, Jaedanne, along with Boiling Springs senior Jenna Arnold and CPAVTS instructor Chef McGrath, spent the better part of their morning preparing 120 bread rolls for an upcoming event. In this short video, the girls demonstrate how it's done:



"I feel really honored to be representing my school and program," Jaedanne said in regards to her participation in SkillsUSA. "I'm proud to be able to push myself and see what I'm able to accomplish!"

The district competition will be held this January. For more information, visit

Program Spotlight - Electronics Technology

Electronics Technology (ET)

Mr. Larry Harman is in his 10th year of teaching Electronics Technology at CPAVTS. Mr. Harman graduated from Shippensburg University with a degree in Math and from Penn State University with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He has worked at various levels of product development, including an engineering technician, engineer, and project manager for Philips, Siemens, and US Ultrasound, a company which he helped to develop. He worked with medical and industrial ultrasound products, retail electronics, and OEM electronics, for which he holds several patents for novel designs. Mr. Harman has had some fascinating experiences before coming to CPAVTS! Here is what he has to say about our program:


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

            “I made some additions to our project-based learning environment with new projects and CER (Claim, Evidence, Reasoning) reporting. The student mostly build working projects to support the curriculum.”


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

            “Some continue in school (2 years or 4 years), some join the military, and some go into the work force. Some specific careers are: PLC programming, bench technician, field technician, and software.”


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

            Troubleshooting or problem-solving are two traits that many employers are seeking. They are also looking for tenacity.”


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

            “The math related to A/C waveforms is probably the most difficult because it involves trigonometry.”


Explain a typical day in your program.

            “The day starts with a short lesson covering material for the day and then the students work on projects.”


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

            “Work hard, gain as much knowledge as possible and always keep learning. Enjoy it – it goes FAST!!!”




This is what our students have to say about their program:



Summarize what you learn in your program.


            “We learn the fundamental of electronic theory, circuit design, and circuit troubleshooting.”


“Fixing, designing and building electronic circuits.”


“We learn about electrical circuits and the components that make them up.”




What is the hardest part of your program?


            “The hardest part of my program is troubleshooting.”




What is the most fun part of your program?


            “Working with other people on a circuit or project.”


            “Designing and repairing circuits.”


            “Building speaker boxes and making a sound system for music.”


What is your plan for after high school?


            “I plan to go to college and major in Electronics Engineering.”


            “Getting a job in fixing computers and other electronic devices.”


            “I plan to go to a technical school to further my training.”


            “I plan to be an engineer in robotics.”




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


            “The Nanoline project.”


            “Building my speaker boxes and finishing the car audio and security systems.”




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


            “How to troubleshoot and fix electronics.”


            “Building circuits.”






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


            “Nothing else I have taken has been so technical and hands-on.”


            “My program is hands-on and interactive.”


            “They focus on the things you are interested in.”


            “More hands-on and there is a lot less of teaching to the whole class and more one-on-one teaching.”


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?


            “Do enroll. There are many opportunities in the program for learning new trades.”


            “Don’t get overwhelmed. Take things step by step.”


            “Pay attention to everything Mr. Harman says. He will talk about and explain your questions.”


Catching Up With ... Medina Muminovic '11

Medina Muminovic, Class of 2011, Nursing, Cumberland Valley

Medina Muminovic is a 2011 graduate of Cumberland Valley High School and CPAVTS’ Nursing program. After graduation, Medina attended HACC for 2 years and is now studying Occupational Therapy at York College. Medina recently paid us a visit and we were able to talk with her a little about her experience with CPAVTS:

How did Cumberland Perry help you?

“They taught me a lot, like how to interact with patients, how to take vital signs .... basics for the medical profession. They prepared me for the real world.”


What do you remember most about your time at Cumberland Perry?

                “The people here were amazing! The three years I spent at CPAVTS were unforgettable. The teachers and staff become more like family. I still come back to visit once in awhile!”


We’re certainly glad she does!

Students Hold Cut-A-Thon for Domestic Abuse Victims

11-20-14 Domestic Abuse Cut-A-ThonA cut-a-thon to raise money for the Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland and Perry Counties is the latest activity Cumberland Perry AVTS students completed as part of the school’s focus on community service.

Cosmetology instructor Christine Franklin said students come up with the fundraiser ideas and market the events. Last year, students raised more than $3,100 and this has already raised almost $1,000 for autism and for St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, which treats cancer patients.

“We touch people’s lives because we’re always listening behind the chair and this teaches students to give back to their client and to their community,’’ said Franklin, whose classes have done fundraisers for the past seven years. “It also teaches students marketing and the business aspects behind the care.’’

Franklin said students are organized into groups and each group decides the charity to support. Usually, students choose a cause that has a personal meaning.

Sixteen-year-old Jayda Hess, a Cedar Cliff High School junior (pictured left with her groupmates, West Perry student Kaitlyn Reed and Johanna Chiara from Cedar Cliff), said she asked her group to raise money for domestic violence because two years ago she was in an abusive relationship with her boyfriend.

“When I was in counseling it helped me very much and I wanted to raise money to help women and children get away from abusive situations,’’ Jayda said. “I wanted to help places that help women and children get away from abusers.’’

Jayda said she has always been interested in cosmetology and has a sister and an aunt in the field. As part of Cumberland Perry AVTS program, students study and take the state exam to receive their cosmetology license, enabling them to work immediately after graduation.

“We receive awesome training and I think a lot of people are surprised how much they learn,’’ Jayda said. “For students who want to do hair, it’s a very good opportunity.

Upcoming cut-a-thon events and charity they will benefit:

  • Dec. 11: 12:30-2:30 p.m., SPCA
  • Jan. 8: 8:30-10:30 a.m., Ovarian Cancer
  • Feb. 12: 12: 12:30-2:30 p.m., Autism
  • March 12: 8:30-10:30 a.m., Autism
  • April 9: 12:30-2:30 p.m., American Cancer Society
  • May 7: 8:30-10:30 a.m., Autism

Please note that anyone seeking to participate in  future cut-a-thon events should make an appointment in advance by calling (717) 697-0354 Ext. 134. A minimum donation of $5 is requested.