Program Spotlight- Computer Networking

Teacher Spotlight- Mr. Heater


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

“The 3rd year students have been given a project to build a computer network based on what they have learned during their time in the program. As they continue through the year they add to the computer network based on what they have learned.”


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

“Start as either a help desk technician or network technician. Some students go to college to complete a degree before starting their career.”


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

“Ability to troubleshoot through problems and articulate the solution to customers.”


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

“The first part of the year we’ve discussed components in computers and how they have changed over the years. We have discussed how cloud computing is improving our access to information from anywhere we go.”


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

“Terminology, there are many different parts and remembering the correct names for each is sometimes a struggle. Computer components change over time, as an IT Technician you have to understand the old and new components.”


Explain a typical day in your program.

“Start with a warm-up question related to the day’s topic. We spend some time as a group discussing the topic. Then the students work individually or in groups to complete simulation labs or hands-on assignments.”


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

“Continue to learn. Technology is always changing, and you need to keep an eye on the changes. Computer components from five years ago are now considered OLD technology. We need to stay current, or risk becoming irrelevant.”


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

“This is my first year at CPAVTS. I was in the Army, performing different jobs related to Information Technology.”



Student Spotlight


Summarize what you learn in your program in ONE sentence.

“Operating systems, computer hardware, and configuring networks.”


What is the hardest part of your program?

“Troubleshooting and determining issues.”

“Remembering all RAID types, or the OSI Model.”

“The printer subject. There are so many parts inside a laser printer.”


What is the most fun part of your program?

“Learning commands to configure devices and working with them.”

“So far, the most fun activity we have done is reassembling PCs.”

“Interacting with other students that share common interests and career goals.”


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

“Current generation Intel CPUs.”

“Cloud Computing.”


What is your plan for after high school?

“To go into a 4 year technical college, while having a job on the side.”

“To go to HACC, and then possibly a 4 year college after.”


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

“Successfully establishing, and finishing a fully functional, student network.”

“Taking and passing my certification exams.”


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

“Being able to troubleshoot things I haven’t had experience with previously.”


Describe a typical day in your classroom.

“Come in to the classroom, answer the opening question on google classroom. Theory or lecture on the daily lesson. Then work on labs, or sometimes get to troubleshoot real issues in the classroom. Continue working until the end of the day.”


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

“There is more freedom to do what you want to do if there is time to do so. Instructor is patient and open to questions. You can work with your hands a lot, doing something you’re interested in.”

“The encouragement and the amount of freedom.”


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?

“Be open-minded. Be patient to new material. Don’t allow yourself to get frustrated, step away from it, and come back to it later. What you are learning is new, and isn’t common knowledge, practice will make perfect.”

Catching Up With…Gregory Comp, Class of ’18 and Sarah Harrigan, Class of ‘18

Mr. Shannon planned a big surprise for his CJ students, there was even a dramatic lead in to these visitors showing up that began with a trip to the Principal’s Office… don’t worry they weren’t in any real trouble. These two specialized in the right side of the law after all! Greg and Sarah both graduated class of ’18 from Criminal Justice at CPAVTS, Greg of West Perry High School and Sarah of Cedar Cliff High School. They generously agreed to do a Q&A with us during their stay. Here is what they’ve been up to…


Describe the company or industry in which you currently work.

“I am in the U. S. Navy.”-Greg

“I am currently working, as a manager with the McDonald’s Franchise.”- Sarah


What is your job title and what do you do?

“AD, an Aviation Machinist Mate.”


Aviation Machinist's Mates are aircraft engine mechanics. They inspect, adjust, test, repair, and overhaul aircraft engines and propellers. ADs also perform routine maintenance, prepare aircraft for flight and assist in handling aircraft on the ground.


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

“I worked Security.”

“I went to Penn State for CJ. CPAVTS did help me with background knowledge.”


How was Cumberland Perry different than your regular high school?

“It was more hands-on, I enjoyed every second of every day in school at CPAVTS.”

“It gave me insight into the different jobs in Criminal Justice.”


What is your favorite CPAVTS memory?

“Mr. Shannon’s Hands On Event.”

“The obstacle course Mr. Shannon set up for everyone our senior year.”


CPAVTS students use their talents to give back in 2019

Advertising Art & Design students use their artistic talents to paint festive window designs within CPAVTS for the holiday season.  They also are designing and painting a rain barrel for Earth Day that will be auctioned off to the highest bidder in April, at the Earth Day Festival, in Mechanicsburg.  Social Studies students wrote letters for Veterans Day to patients at the VA Hospital in Lebanon, PA.  This is the sixth consecutive year Mrs. Franson’s class has participated, and they have cumulatively sent about 1,000 letters to the VA. 

In the HVAC program, students worked all fall to grow their beards out for “No Shave November”!  This was an exclusive competition between the AM and PM program.  The AM ultimately won, but combined they sent $220 to the Ronald McDonald house!  AM students prize was an ultimate Thanksgiving feast prepared by their instructor.  Instructional Assistants at CPAVTS are packing up snack food items for students who are financially disadvantaged for the holiday season to make sure they will have full bellies.

Our health related programs sure tackled charity cheer this holiday season! Dental students collected non-perishable items for the Ronald McDonald House while Nursing students each adopted a nursing home resident after receiving a list of necessities from Stonebridge Health and Rehabilitation Center.  Over 100 items were collected and it took multiple trips for delivery.  Students also made fleece blankets for residents.  The Emerging Health Professionals program is new this school year, but students made holiday cards and distributed to residents at Kinkora Pythian Home. 

Electrical Construction students made a donation barrel and advertised a collection for Toys for Tots.  Items were dropped off just in time for the Toys for Tots parade in Camp Hill, PA.  Cosmetology students offered free clinic services for a life skills class at one of CPAVTS sending school districts.  Culinary students were busy preparing holiday feasts for various organizations, but Messiah Lifeways was able to enjoy an exclusive luncheon prepared by the Culinary team. 

Horticulture students were busy as ever, making greens and holiday décor, but still managing to squeeze in time for Messiah Lifeways residents to visit, and make a succulent arrangement for their room.  Masonry and Carpentry spent several cold November and December days at the Army Heritage Center constructing a structure for educational uses.  Auto Collison sand blasted, prepped, and painted steel brackets for the Army Heritage construction project. 

Welding students construct and repair the CPAVTS snow removal equipment for the winter season all while Diesel Technology services and maintains the school utility, and off road vehicles and equipment.  Automotive also has a hand in maintaining and inspecting the school vehicles and assisting staff with vehicle emergency services.  Precision Machine manufactures holiday ornaments and all the proceeds collected are donated to Bikers Against Child Abuse.

Logistics students can be seen picking, packing, and shipping out all the apparel orders for the 52 Goodwill Keystone Area locations throughout PA.  Computer Networking students assist the IT department at CPAVTS with tasks of laptop cart organization, imaging hard drives, and computer cleaning.  Automation, Robotics, and Electronics is fairly new to CPAVTS, although they have already began repairing a hazardous environmental robot for another vocational school and repair the vending machine for staff snacks. 

Computer Programming students have the edge on technology, and create or spruce-up websites for local business owners.  Early Childhood students collected pajamas for local shelter groups through Scholastic Books, who generously matched every item with a book for a child.  Criminal Justice students direct traffic, secure parking lots, and assist guests for CPAVTS evening events, but are ready for the spring when they coordinate the Safety Day extravaganza held at CPAVTS annually. 

Cumberland Perry AVTS is proud to exhibit student talents and generosity towards others throughout the year.

January 2020- Rotary Students of the Month

Mary Saleeb is a Camp Hill High School student in the Computer Networking program. She participates in Archery at Camp Hill and is currently employed by Staples, and has been an intern for the CPAVTS IT Department.  She has been named Student of the Quarter and has made the Honor Roll, at CPAVTS. Upon graduating, she plans to attend either Harrisburg University, HACC, Pittsburgh Technical College or Central Penn, majoring in Information Technology.

Hunter Yinger is a Boiling Spring High School student in the Computer Programming program. He is a part of the Chess Club, Drama Club, Malfunction Junction Club, as well as a participant in the Fall and Spring Plays at Boiling Springs. He is a member of SkillsUSA at Cumberland Perry AVTS. He volunteers with Boy Scouts of America, and is currently employed by Sheetz. He has been named Student of the Quarter and made Honor Roll at CPAVTS. He plans the attend Harrisburg University to study Software Development/Engineering.

Kasey Davis is a Dental Assisting student from Northern High School. She is the President of Dental HOSA and SkillsUSA at CPAVTS, as well as a member of NTHS (National Technical Honor Society). She plays Varsity Field Hockey and Lacrosse, and is the Senior Class President at NorthernHu. She participates in Youth Group, Northern RYLA Conferee, Club Field Hockey, and Keystone Kryptonite. She is currently employed by Bruster’s Real Ice Cream. She has made Honor Roll and been named Student of the Quarter, CPAVTS. She plans to attend Messiah College to study Biology, Pre-Dental.

Cooperative Education Spotlight- Owen Stauffer

Owen Stauffer has always had a knack for building things.  Ever since he could first swing a hammer he could be found trying to make a bird house, dog house, or something he saw on TV.  So, when he was in 9th grade it was only natural that he filled out an application for the Carpentry program at Cumberland Perry AVTS.  Later that school year he was notified of his acceptance and he promptly had his parents take him to the hardware store to buy the tools and belt required for the program.  After 2 years of classroom and hands-on learning, he found himself ready to enter the workforce through the Cooperative Education Program at CPAVTS.  The West Perry senior now starts each day driving to a job site as a valuable employee for Haas Creative Carpentry.  For the last 3 months he has assisted with a custom designed home located in Elliotsburg.  Hanging cabinets, installing hardwood floors, installing ceramic tile, and installing trim and crown molding are all tasks that are part of Owen’s everyday life at work.  Owen takes great pride in his work and likes to step back and admire the finished project.  The relationship between Owen and Haas Creative Carpentry has gone so well Owen is preparing to become a full-time employee after graduation.  Owen’s passion as a child has now