Program Spotlight - Dental Assisting

Dental Assisting

Students in our Dental Assisting Program are in very capable hands when it comes to their instructor! Michele Foland spent 20 years as a Dental Assistant and Expanded Functions Dental Assistant before joining the staff of CPAVTS. She was an adjunct faculty member at HACC in the Dental Assisting program and taught Dental Materials lab and Dental Assistant clinicals. Her teaching background and her industry experience made her the perfect fit for this position, and we’re so glad to have her on our staff! This is what she has to say about the program at CPAVTS:


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

            “The clinic has a new intra oral camera and digital x-ray sensors. We expanded the clinic last year to accommodate more students. The classroom is across the hall, which gives the dental clinic a realistic atmosphere. The students get a real life dental clinic experience.”


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

            “The students have many options upon graduation. They will already have taken their Radiology State exam for the Radiology Certificate in the state of PA and they have 9 college credits to use towards their dental hygiene schooling. They can work as a dental assistant and after 2 years of working (3500 hours) they can apply for the certified Dental Assistant exam.”

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

            “The students have their State Radiology Certificate upon graduation. The dentists like that students have real hands-on experience with the dental equipment here at the school.”


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

            “Head and neck anatomy can be difficult because of all of the bones, muscles and nerves in the head region. Radiology is a difficult concept to understand and retain.”


Explain a typical day in your program.

            “The students change into their scrubs when they arrive to start their day. They usually get a period of theory and 1-2 periods to practice the skills taught.”


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

            “Study hard if you want to succeed in the dental profession. It doesn’t matter if you are continuing your education working, there is always something to learn. Have an open mind and an open heart!”



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


Summarize what you learn in your program.

            “We learn skills and clinical procedures like head and neck anatomy, communication skills, and radiology.”

            “We learn how to properly sterilize instruments, suctioning Alginate impressions, Amalgam setups, and radiology.”

            “We learn skills and procedures to help us become certified Dental Assistants.”


What is the hardest part of your program?

            “Learning the different cements and liners.”

            “The hardest part of this program is dental terminology and radiology.”

What is the most fun part of your program?

            “The most fun part about this program is being able to learn about something I’m interested in.”

            “Getting to be in the clinic and working on Dexter heads and each other.”

            “The fact that we can help each other out. We are like family.”

What is your plan for after high school?

            “I plan on going to Pennsylvania School of Technology for Dental Hygiene.”

            “I’m attending Penn Tech for Surgical Technician.”

            “I am going to be an Orthodontist Assistant.”

            “I’m planning on becoming a dental assistant in a local dental office.”


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

            “The highlight of the year will be going to the HOSA leadership conference.”

            “Getting my radiology license.”

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

            “Radiology, because it’s used in all health occupations.”

            “I am proud that I learned how to do x-rays and how to take impressions.”

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

            “This class is more hands on and more attention from the teacher. We learn valuable information to put towards our careers.”

            “I’m actually interested in what I’m learning and loving every bit of it!!.”


Cooperative Education Spotlight - Alex Wentling

Cooperative Education Spotlight - Alex Wentling

Alex Wentling started his senior year enrolled in the Automotive Technology Program at Cumberland Perry AVTS. After the first month of school, Alex was offered an entry level position with Trademark Classics in Dillsburg, PA. A week later he was a member of the Cooperative Education Program following the learn while you earn strategy. Alex attends Northern York High School in the morning and then reports to work close to noon each day. Every day brings on a new task for Alex, which keeps his interest at a very high level. Within the last week alone, he tore down two big block motors, assembled a classic chassis, installed new brakes, and assisted with a cooling system malfunction. Owner David Gliksman stated he couldn’t be happier with his new employee. He raved about the skill set, professionalism, and level of maturity that Alex brings to his company. Alex couldn’t be happier with his Cooperative Education placement as he commented, “I have the perfect job”.

2014 Open House at CPAVTS

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Open House Night 2014 at Cumberland Perry AVTS boasted an enormous turnout--1,314 people braved the cold, rainy November weather to tour our programs and learn about the school from our students. 

"I'm proud of our students and how they demonstrated their skills and expertise to prospective students and their families,"  said Mr. Frank Flamini, Supervisor of Student Services. "Our CPAVTS pride was evident!"

Of course, the night's success can in no small part be contributed to the Occupational Advisory Committee members from the programs, who took time out of their busy schedules to communicate with guests about the opportunities available in their respective fields. The support and aid of community members is the driving force behind CPAVTS's success.

In some ways, Open House Night can be viewed as a celebration of the school. Those who have an interest in CPAVTS (and possibly in attending), along with their families, communicate with our current students with the hope that some of the guests present will become future members of the Cumberland Perry AVTS family.

In the end, the main goal was to provide a fun, engaging night for all involved--thanks to everyone who helped make the 2014 CPAVTS Open House a huge success!

Rotary Students of the Month - November 2014


Paige Eyer is a West Perry High School student enrolled in the Horticulture program. Paige is a reporter for FFA and a member of the National Association of Home Builders.   She placed 3rd at nationals in Nursery Management and has won various awards at the PA Farm Show. Paige plans to attend Slippery Rock majoring in Parks and Recreation.

Tyler Long is a Cumberland Valley student enrolled in the Carpentry program at Cumberland Perry. A recipient of the Soaring Eagle Award, he is involved in alpine skiing and has applied to Western State University and Sierra Nevada College. Tyler plans to major in Business Management.

New Employee Spotlight: Lesli Shuman, Principal

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Now that she has a few months at Cumberland Perry AVTS under her belt, Lesli Shuman gives some insight into the short time she has spent as principal and what she plans to do in preparation for the future:


What were you doing before coming to Cumberland Perry?

"I was the eleventh grade principal at Carlisle High School."


What made you decide to apply to CPAVTS?

"I fully believe in the product being created here. I firmly believe that the students [we produce] are head and shoulders above their peers."


Is there anything specifically you want to do to improve the school and/or the students' experiences?

"I think a lot of that is going to come from opening doors to higher education. We already have some [of those doors] open, but we're always looking for more ways to give our students that extra edge."


What has been your favorite thing about working as the principal so far?

"The school team and the students who I get to spend my time with, because everyone has made the conscious choice to be here--they've left behind their industries and normal school lives. It's a very dedicated group of people."


Thank you to Lesli Shuman for taking the time to answer some questions!