2019 OAC Dinner & Business Partner of the Year Recognition

On March 20, Cumberland Perry AVTS held its annual Occupational Advisory Committee dinner in which Representative Sheryl Delozier was a guest speaker, and also honored the 2018-2019 Business Partner of the Year:  Caretti Inc., of Camp Hill, PA. 

OAC members enjoy a dinner prepared by the CPAVTS Culinary program as a “Thank You” for their support throughout the year.  Members break into program groups, and discuss the school year events asking members for program improvement assessments. 

Representative Sheryl Delozier was a guest speaker for this year’s dinner.  She is currently serving her sixth, two year term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives of the 88th Legislative District, in Cumberland County. 

Caretti has been a supporter of the CPAVTS Masonry program for three years, offering time, materials, and manpower.  They have donated brick, block, stone, and live mortar which are essential materials for student education in the Masonry job industry.  Caretti is a partner with the Brick Layers Local 5, which is providing apprenticeship, job shadows, and cooperative education opportunities for Masonry students at Cumberland Perry AVTS. 

CPAVTS would like to thank OAC members for promoting the 22 career and technical programs that prepare students to be career and industry ready!

CPAVTS Home & Garden Show

The Home and Garden Show that Cumberland Perry participates in yearly, is not just for the carpenters and landscapers.  One-third of CPAVTS programs assist in this massive collaboration of exhibits. 

Carpentry students designed and built the structures based on photos.  The first structure was a 12x12 she shed with sliding doors, a loft, and hardwood floors.  The pergola and hanging bed project would accentuate the she shed tremendously.  The outdoor bar features 12 seats, in an octagonal shape, with a live edge counter top utilizing the wood mizer saw mill, accentuated with cabinets and a metal roof.  The 24x36 monitor barn structure, features 6 stalls with 6 hay shoots on the second floor.  It includes sliding barn doors and T 111 siding. 

Landscaping was an essential aspect of the show.  Students in Horticulture built a retaining wall by the hydroponics system that featured a cobblestone patio, with furniture that appeared campfire ready.  The she-shed was accompanied by a water fountain made from leaf casts.  Horticulture students also had an exclusive stand where customers could purchase plants and fresh cut flowers.  Students featured a make and take event for customers to take a cork and hollow it out to place an air plant inside.  Decorations were also displayed throughout the building area with repurposed skids and succulent plants.

Welding students assisted in the show, by fabricating braces for the outside bar using the plasma cam,  to design tractor cut outs, to correlate the roof and the bar seats.  The outdoor grill needed to have doors, a grilling area, and chimney cover which welding skillfully fabricated. The barn was in need of stall separators and window metal grids and the horticulture fountain needed brackets to hold the leaves all of which welding was able to assist with.   

Once welding fabricated the braces and conduit, auto collision students were ready with black paint!  Students painted 16 chairs and braces for the bar area along with all the braces needed for the wall supports in the outside bar area. 

Masonry students built a wood/charcoal grill out of brick, and a natural stone grill for the outside kitchen area that featured a granite top.  Students assisted with the outdoor kitchen and granite top.  Masonry students were able to construct their portion of the projects at CPAVTS and load them on trailers to take to the show.  Students also installed architectural stone on the she-shed.

Loading and unloading is a term used daily by the logistics students.  They stacked all the lumber on the trailers and secured it with steel bands on the trailers to be hauled to the show.  Students operate forklifts to load the sheds and various projects onto the trailer beds.  All the materials were loaded at the builder show, and then unloaded at CPAVTS at the end of the show. 

To set the ambience in the bar area Electrical Construction students had to wire the rustic wagon wheel lighting fixture.  Electrical students ran the temporary power to all the structures and exhibits at the show.  Conduit and switches were run to light the bar area, barn, and she-shed. 

HVAC students assisted all programs with muscle power and tasks.  Students aided on projects such as roofing, deliveries, tool retrieval, maneuvering, and collaborating team members with tasks.

Four CPAVTS students won the competition against another local CTC and 2 local construction companies for where they had only three hours to build three walls in a 4x6 structure with only a blue print.  There was one masonry student, one electrician student, and two carpentry students allowed per team in the three hour competition.  Team members had to complete three out of four walls which included electric, rafters, staircase, and a block foundation that had to be anchor bolted.  Winners received t-shirts and gift cards to various eateries and stores. 

These projects are bided on and when purchased, they are delivered and installed by the students.  All the profits are then used for scholarships or tool packages for seniors.  CPAVTS is proud of the hard work and determination their students’ exhibit for these collaboration projects. 





Cooperative Education Spotlight- Faith DelliGatti

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Last year when Faith DelliGatti was a junior at Mechanicsburg High School, she knew she wanted a change. She was tired of learning in the traditional classroom which consisted of sitting behind a desk, taking notes, and then studying for tests. So that fall, Faith and her mother ventured out to Cumberland Perry AVTS’s open house to explore options for her senior year. Faith had a pretty good idea of the programs that suited her strengths before the visit. After meeting Malena Perry, Horticulture/Landscaping teacher, she knew without a doubt that is where she wanted to spend her senior year. As a first year student in a 3 year program, Faith has absorbed as much information as she can and has excelled at every task she have been given. Now, half-way through her senior year, she is gainfully employed by The JDK Group through the Cooperative Education program at CPAVTS. Starting out as an apprentice, each day is filled with a new adventure. Meeting with clients, writing formal wedding proposals, assisting with floral productions, laying out venue details, modifying Excel spreadsheets, and onsite installation for social events are all part of her daily functions. Upon graduation, she will be promoted to a “Specialist” which will encompass more responsibility and growth. Faith’s inner drive to be successful, paired with the guidance of Ms. Perry, has set Faith’s career pathway in the right direction.

Program Spotlight- Cosmetology

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Teacher Spotlight- Christine Franklin and Rachael Miller


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

“The purchase of a new makeup line.”- Mrs. Franklin


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

“Nail Technician, Cosmetologist or Makeup Artist.”

“Stylist or Nail Technician.”- Mrs. Miller


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

“Previous haircutting, color, etc. Class outside the curriculum.”

“Customer Service! One of the main skills that all students should be taught each year, employability skills.”


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

“Free-hand painting, vibrant colors, undercuts, are all recent trends.”

“Balayage- free hand painting to create dimension.”


What unit/topic do student struggle with the most in your program and why do you think that is?

“Anatomy- medical terminology is difficult and the words are long. Color- the science behind coloring is extremely difficult.”

“Anatomy- most students don’t anticipate needing to know the bones, muscles, nerves and blood vessels.”


Explain a typical day in your program.

“Level 1’s typically come into class and get changed, leave for social studies, come back, do theory and for the second 2 periods of their day, they are working on assigned tasks.”


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

“You may have to find more than on salon before it becomes home, stick with it, find a mentor in the salon, find the person who makes the most money in the salon and learn their habits, assist them and turn it into your own habits.”

“Fake it until you make it. Work won’t come to you. You need to market and establish yourself to build your book for more opportunities and advancement.”


How many years have you been at CPAVTS?

“I have been with CPAVTS for 11 years.”

“I have been working at CPAVTS for 11 years.”


What is your experience before coming to CPAVTS?

“I worked in a salon as management for 15 years.”


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Summarize what you learn in your program in one sentence.

“Communication is key.”

“Think on your own, and be creative, the sky is the limit.”

“Everything that has to do with hair, skin, and nails, including the anatomy.”

“The study of the science behind, and techniques having to do with hair, skin and nails.”


What is the hardest part of your program?

“Retaining all of the information.”

“Learning the bones, muscles and color theory.”

“The most difficult part of learning cosmetology, has to be the theory behind all the services we perform.”

“The hardest part, in my opinion, is having clients come in and practicing what we’ve learned on them.”


What is the most fun part of your program?

“Everything we do is fun! Some people are just better at certain techniques than others.”

“Lots of things, like being able to make people feel happy about themselves, seeing a difference in their appearance after you perform your service, and meeting new people, clients and coworkers. Also forming strong relationships.”


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

“New blow dryers, flat irons, curling irons and foils for color.”

“We started the theory part of electrotherapy, but not hands on.”

“We recently got a roller ball, which protect hair color.”

“Milady Pro- it is a website that helps us to prepare for our State Board Exam.”


spotlight c march 2019What is your plan for after high school?

“I plan to use what I learn here to work in a salon so I can pay to go to college.”

“I want to go to college to be an OBGYN, and work in a salon.”

“To work as a licensed cosmetologist in the salon that I already work in, Holiday Bronze.”

“Most likely something having to do with makeup and hairstyling.”



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

“Graduating, and passing my state board exam.”

“A celebrity hair stylist, Wayne Tuggle, coming in to visit our class!!!”

“It is hard to choose just one highlight, because there is always something new and interesting to learn.”

“Every day is a highlight for me. Just coming in here and knowing my day is going to be better because the people and the environment is just very positive and the teachers push you to achieve your goals.”


What are you the most proud of learning in your program?

“Color formulating and techniques.”

“I am most proud of learning the theory and then putting that into practice for the hands-on.”

“I am most proud of learning how to do a Brazilian Blowout, which would be considered a high-end service in the salon.”

“Everything really, I am just happy that I was given the opportunity to be in this program.”

“I really enjoy that we learn a lot of scientific stuff along with hands on work, because understanding the science behind the service of what you are doing makes you think about it in a different way.”


Explain a typical day in your program.

“Walk in, get dressed, clock-in, get your work ready, go to theory, complete daily task, do job on job sheet, clean up and clock out.”

“Get changed and clocked in right away, because your hours count. Then read task on sheet, go to theory in the classroom and then practice the work on the shop floor.”


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

“We are held to a very high expectation, but there is also more freedom for creativity.”

“It is a useful skill for the rest of my life.”

“You aren’t learning a subject, you are learning cosmetology, a specific skill to perform certain tasks: haircuts, perms, colors, etc.”

“I am learning what I love, I am not sitting at a desk all day, I am up moving around learning a skill.”

“It doesn’t feel like a class where I have to learn it, I want to do this! It relates specifically to me, and what I want to learn and my specific goals for employment.”


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 so much fun, BUT…you must study, be motivated, be able to take criticism, and be willing to learn.”

“Make sure your attendance is near perfect in order to get you hours needed for your license, and take advantage of the opportunities you are given.”

“Your first year is hard, you will learn 90% of the information your first year and review it the next two years. Stick with it, it is a lot of new material, so pay attention.”

“Do not discouraged, LEVEL 1 is the hardest year! You aren’t just coming in to play with hair, it is hard work, but it will be worth it!”

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