New Employee Spotlight-Brenton Yaukey, Automotive Collision Technology Instructor

2014-05-13 Brenton Yaukey Interview

Previously, interviews were held with Jason Fogleman, Precision Machine Technology instructor, and Nancy Reitzel, Child Care instructor; today, Brenton Yaukey talks about the short time he has spent at Cumberland Perry AVTS:

What were you doing before you came to Cumberland Perry?

"I was working at Lady and Taylor Auto Body and Truck Repair, and PA Fire Apparatus--one of those same company, two different names situations. At both I was an automotive painter."


What made you decide to apply to CPAVTS?

"It's just something I've always wanted to do. I looked at Millersville University to possibly continue my education in their automotive program, but I decided it would be better to get some hands-on experience first. This is what I've always wanted to do, I just never thought it would happen so soon in my life!"


Is there anything specifically you're seeking to teach your students?

"What the live atmosphere looks like, and what employers will expect from them. It's important that they know how to operate in a real work environment."


What has been your favorite thing about working as the Automotive Collision instructor so far?

"The general atmosphere at the school. It seems like there's a good group of people who're willing to help you."


Thanks to Mr. Yaukey for taking the time to answer a few questions! We hope to have him as part of the CPAVTS family for many years to come!

Did You Know? (A Glimpse Inside the Masonry Program)

2014-05-09 Stevick Tyler--Telehandler Demonstration

While the aspiring masons in Dave Williamson's Masonry program practice the typical work tasks that one would expect--working with bricklaying techniques, building walls, and so on--they also earn a certification by operating a massive piece of equipment known as a telescopic handler, or, "telehandler" for short.

A telehandler (pictured with student Tyler Stevick to the right) is used to move items that typical forklifts cannot, such as skids of cement bricks or other heavy items, and to reach places otherwise unreachable, such as a roof or scaffolding. They can lift up to 5,000 pounds (just over two tons) of weight. Despite counterweights at the rear of the vehicle, its long crane-like lever makes it unbalanced, and operators are therefore equipped either with a load chart or a computer to determine which loads are safe to be lifted.

In order to complete their certification in telehandler operation, students must drive the vehicle a short distance to a tall scaffolding and place a skid of cement bricks on top.Masonry students may learn how to build structures out of bricks and other such materials, but they also need to use something to get those materials where they need to go--even if that place is on top of a roof!


17 Years of Partnership: Pennsy Supply (Industry Partner Spotlight)

2014-03-11 DIESEL-Tire Rotation

Cumberland Perry AVTS has many partners who work hard to promote and benefit the school and its students. This article will be the first of many spotlights on our industry partners, beginning with Pennsy Supply.

A local company for 90 years, Pennsy Supply is one of the largest manufacturers of aggregate, sand, concrete, and asphalt in Northern and Central Pennsylvania; they also own and operate many different quarries and sites to house their manufactured materials. 

For the past 17 years, the company has benefitted CPAVTS's Diesel and Welding programs by hiring a co-op student from each program every year; providing evaluators for NOCTI testing; donating an enormous amount of used truck and engine parts to the Diesel program; and, since they have access to a supply of heavy construction and quarry equipment, they also provide students with certifications in repairing and maintaining these machines through co-op education. Additionally, they have helped the Diesel program obtain it's National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) certification; Pennsy Supply has also provided awards for graduating seniors, various gift cards with which seniors can purchase tools, and gives the Welding program a $100 award to be awarded to a student.

Kevin Taylor, an equipment manager at Pennsy Supply, said, "We've felt it's [collaboration with CPAVTS] been a successful endeavor, and we've been satisfied with the quality of the students. While I don't recall exactly how many [CPAVTS] students are currently employed with us, I have one student who's been with us for 15 years, and we're looking to hire another senior this year."

Pennsy Supply has been a valuable and much-appreciated asset to Cumberland Perry AVTS for nearly two decades--a huge thank you to this company who has helped to ensure our students succeed!

Students Celebrate Their Successful Fundraising Events (Charitable Curriculum)

2014-05-02 Alexander Eric FirstBook Reading 2

At the beginning of the school year, each of the 22 programs at Cumberland Perry AVTS were charged with 

devising and executing a fundraising event of some kind in order to benefit a charity of their choosing. Now that the year is almost over, the programs have completed their charity events and the results were outstanding. 

Some programs performed services in order to raise money. In recent articles, we have discussed Auto Collision's vehicle detailing fundraiser, Cosmetology's cut-a-thons, Logistic's FirstBook donations; Computer Information Systems' virtual paintball tournament which benefitted Child's Play charities; and Advertising Art & Design's design donations to Andrew's Gift and Capital Area Pregnancy Center, but other programs also used the tools their normal classwork equipped them with to benefit their community. Some examples include:

  • Carpentry constructing a small picnic table for a silent auction benefitting The Walk with Tori, an organization benefitting scleroderma research
  • Electronics technology upgrading all of Mechanicsburg's pole-mounted Christmas tree decorations with LED lightbulbs
  • Automotive Technology performing $10 oil changes and tire rotations to benefit Project Share
  • Welding making angels sold at a silent auction to benefit The Walk with Tori.
  • Brian Adams' and Bill Shearer's Social Studies classes utilizing to donate rice to the United Nations World Food Program, and Lindsay Troup's Social Studies class writing letters to veterans thanking them and offering their encouragement and support.
  • Masonry making a concrete bench, which was donated to Bethany Village
  • Diesel Technology performing truck inspections for Blue Beacon
  • HVAC and Carpentry working together to build a platform atop a shed from which soccer games could be filmed (Carpentry built the platform and HVAC constructed the ladder)

Other programs decided to donate much-needed items to various charities. Culinary Arts donated canned goods to Downtown Daily Bread in Carlilse; Horticulture gathered bottled water for Safe Harbour; Nursing Assisting held raffles, bake sales, and candy sales to benefit various charities, including Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Pennies for Patients; Electrical Construction and Maintenance held candy sales to benefit Bone Marrow Donors Registration and PSU-Hershey Medical School; and Dental Assisting raised money to help underprivileged children receive surgeries to repair cleft palates. 

Overall, the programs worked hard to benefit their chosen charities and had great success, and Diane Franklin, CPAVTS' principal and the driving force behind the initiative, is pleased with the results:

"Part of our [educators] responsibility to students is the help them grow into responsible adults," she said. "An important part of this is to give back to the community where they work and live. We hope that our community service projects have provided them with an example of how to do this and will instill a lifelong habit of helping others."

Congratulations to the students and faculty of Cumberland Perry AVTS for a successful year of fundraising and community outreach!


Did You Know? (A Glimpse Inside the Horticulture Program)

2014-04-30 Albright Abby-Making Wedding Bouquets

When thinking about horticulture as it relates to academics, the first thoughts might be of studying different types of plants or maybe proper landscaping techniques. While it's true that students in Malena Perry's Horticulture program do these things, they also participate in more practical activities. 

One of these practical experiences involves taking orders for weddings and prom. For weddings, students make everything from the table arrangements, to corsages and boutonniers, to bridal party bouquets. Mostly seniors handle a wedding order, and the student responsible for taking the order manages it, making sure all the necessary floral supplies are available and that the quality is excellent. Seniors work on the majority of an order, while first and second year students work on some of the smaller tasks. 

Abby Albright (pictured above) is currently managing one of these wedding projects. "We have the variety of a normal florist," she said. "As long as brides come in at least three weeks before the wedding, we can have any type of flowers they want."

Students in Ms. Perry's class also provide corsages and boutonnieres for prom. Ms. Albright notes that the classroom is usually hectic due to prom falling in the midst of a large wedding season.

Anyone seeking floral arrangements, whether for weddings or other occasions (Mother's Day is approaching quickly!) can call (717) 697-0354 ext. 145 for more information.