Rotary Students of the Month- February 2018

rotary soms- feb. 2018

Patrick Connolly is a Trinity High School student in the Precision Machine Technology Program. He is a member of the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) and a Student of the Quarter at CPAVTS. He is also a member of National Honor Society (NHS), Math Honor Society, and Student Council at Trinity. Other activities of his include playing varsity rugby and football, as well at weightlifting at Trinity; he is also part of the Knights of Columbus Squire affiliated with the St. Theresa Pro-Life Team. Patrick has applied to Penn State University, University of Pittsburgh, and Robert Morris University, and plans to study Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering.

Sarah Harrigan is a Cedar Cliff High School student in the Criminal Justice Program. She is a member of the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) and was a Student of the Quarter and Honor Roll student at CPAVTS; she is also a member of the Honor Society at Cedar Cliff. In her spare time, she volunteers at church by serving meals to the less fortunate. Currently, Jamie is employed at a Crew Trainer at McDonald’s, and in the future she plans to attend Penn State Harrisburg to continue studies in Criminal Justice.

Jamie Rickert is a Susquenita High School student in the Dental Assisting Program. She is a member of both the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) and Health Students of America (HOSA) at CPAVTS; she has also earned Student of the Quarter and Honor Roll at Cumberland Perry. She is member of Leo Club and Diversity Club at Susquenita, and she volunteers at Perry County Animal Rescue in her spare time. Her other interests include racing and softball. Jamie has applied to the Pennsylvania college of Technology, HACC, and Manor College where she plans to continue in her field by studying Dental Hygiene. 


9th Graders Get a Hands-On Look at CPAVTS!

9th Grade Night is an annual tradition at Cumberland Perry AVTS, where students can experience a hands-on look at two programs of their choice and get a more specialized look than they would during a typical tour.  Instructors held multiple activities for the 9th graders to complete during the hour spent in each of their chosen programs, which showcased some of the tasks students in those programs could be expected to perform. These are just some of the highlights of the activities students completed during the night:

In the Carpentry program, 9th graders were given a blueprint for a birdhouse, then shown how to build it using a regular hammer and then a battery-powered nail gun to demonstrate multiple ways to put something together.

Students touring the Precision Machining program learned how to operate CNC mills and CNC lathes, and how the G code for these machines performed its various functions. Each 9th grader made a do nothing, a cup coaster, and a small mind game (“How do you get the washer off the round bar?”) using these machines.

The Nursing program demonstrated proper glove removal, simulating “germs” with shaving cream to show how to avoid the skin when taking off gloves. 9th graders also performed some effective communication exercises, along with some basics in dealing with visual and hearing impairments. Finally, students learned how to properly apply and remove Personal Protective Equipment (a gown, mask, and gloves) to demonstrate proper infection control.

In Masonry, students learned proper block and brick laying techniques; they spread mortar and got to practice the skills they were taught.

Students touring Automotive Collision learned how to remove and install taillights and wheels, and how to solder wires together.

This year’s 9th Grade Night saw a huge increase from last year’s—from around 60 student attendees to just shy of 100! See below for some photos from the event:



Cooperative Education Spotlight- Andrew Kulp

coop spotlight- jan. 2018

Andrew Kulp, a senior from Big Spring High School, is earning an introductory level wage while he participates in the Cooperative Education Program. Andrew joins a long list of successful Automotive Technology students from CPAVTS who have worked for Bruner’s Service Center located on Rt 15 in Enola. After 2 years of classroom and hands-on training, the transition from the classroom to the work force was an easy one for Andrew: Bruner’s Service Center enables him to work with state of the art equipment just like he has every day—and he’s even been working with a wireless Zeus Diagnostic & Information System that hasn’t quite made it to the classroom yet!  While at work, Andrew can also be found changing brake pads, turning rotors, fixing flat tires, and determining why a car is ‘missing’.  He will be returning to CPAVTS several days a week next month to obtain his PA State Inspection and Emissions License; these licenses will only increase the value and skillset that Andrew already brings to work with him each day, and he also plans to continue his education next fall while putting his knowledge to work at Bruner’s. Andrew’s career path is well in place for a successful future!

Program Spotlight- Precision Machine Technology

Teacher Spotlight- Mr. Foglemanprogram spotlight- jan 2018

Explain a typical day in your program.

“Students come in, and get changed and ready. Early arrivals start setting up and preparing for the day. Once all students have arrived, we discuss what each student is working on that day. Level 1 and Level 2 students typically get a lesson and are then released to the lab to apply their skills. Level 3 students cover new CNC coding while Level 1 and 2 students are out at social studies. Then they clean the lab and change for dismissal.”


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

“Measurement. Employers need people that understand how to produce and check accurately.”


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

“Pretty much everything is the same as last year. We are working on improving the quality and quantity of machines and tooling the students use to learn their trade.”


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

“40% go to college and 60% go to machining related fields to perform CNC and manual machining services.”


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

“CNC programming and the use of CNC milling machines and lathes.”


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

“I’ve been here for four years. Before I came to CPAVTS, I went to Penn College for drafting, then HACC/AMP for Machining. I spent 18 years in the machining field with three different companies; 13 of those years were with one company.”


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

“Never stop learning. Technology is constantly changing and they need to keep up with the changes.”


Student Spotlight


Summarize what you learn in your program in one sentence if you can.

“We learn the safety of machining and how to program and operate machines.”

“How to make precision parts for everything you use in your everyday life.”

“How to be a productive member in a manufacturing process.”

“I learn to be proficient on many lathe, mill, drill press, and grinding operations.”


What is the hardest part of your program?

“Geometric dimensioning and tolerating.”

“Learning such a large industry in a short time.”

“Dealing with numbers and holding tight tolerances.”


What is the most fun part of your program?

“The overall learning experience and getting to know people interested in the same trade as you.”

“Finishing a certification.”

“Engine lathes.”


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

“A CNC control panel- computer numerical control.”

“Off- hand grinding and sharpening lathe tools.”

“CAD and CAM programs on the computer. We’ve been doing a lot with those this year and it relates to me wanting to be a civic programmer or engineer.”


What is your plan for after high school?

“Attend Penn Tech and start working with Capitol Tool.”

“To go directly into the workforce with a family company.”

“To become a tool and die maker.”

“I am going to college to pursue a degree in Industrial Engineering.”



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

“Every day is a highlight in here.”

“Learning and using the machines.”

“Corn hole champions.”


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

“Making things that everyone can use.”

“Writing code by hand.”


“Making machine parts to spec.”


Explain a typical day in your program.

“Work until the bell and try to do my best.”

“A little paperwork and a lot of machining.”

“Come in and get working on the lesson.”


How is your program at CPAVTs different from other class you have had in the past?

“I rarely had a class where we apply what we learn immediately after learning it.”

“It prepares me for a specific industry as opposed to a generic class.”

“It’s hands-on and the instructor really cares about what he is teaching you. They work really hard to make sure you get a job.”

“You learn a deeper understanding to the reality of the work force and you can apply homeschool classes such as mathematics.”


What advice would you give to a beginning Level 1 student starting the program or to students considering enrolling in the program?

“Be safe. Check everything always before using.”

“Keep on task and stay ahead of the game.”

“You need to be serious about this trade because if you aren’t, you will struggle.”

“Don’t get discouraged if you don’t end up getting something the first time, it takes practice.”

“Focus on being precise in everything you do in this shop.”


Catching Up With…James Gale, Class of ‘07

James Gale: Class of 2007 (Mechanicsburg High School, Computer Information Systems (CIS)alumni spotlight- jan 2018

James is a graduate of Mechanicsburg High School and CPAVTS’s previous program, Computer Information Systems. James has continued advancement in his field over the years. Although he has the potential for work in various areas within the cyber world, his focus career-wise has been Cyber Security, specific to the medical industry.

James agreed to fill us in on his experiences.

Here is what he had to say:

Describe the company or industry in which you currently work.

“I work for the Penn State Health System, in other words, the Penn State Hershey Medical Center.”


What is your job title and what do you do?

“My title is Cyber Security Engineer, and I’ve been with Penn State Health for three years. My primary responsibility is configuring and maintaining a wide variety of cyber security systems such as: network intrusion/monitoring systems (IDS/IPS), anti-virus, data loss prevention and endpoint encryption. This names a few. I am also heavily involved with our Cyber Security Incident Response Team. I help detect, analyze, respond and contain/mitigate, cyber threats, both internal and external to the Penn State Health Network.”


What other employment have you had related to your program areas at CPAVTS?

“From 2008 through 2014, I worked at Capital BlueCross.  For the first four years, I worked as a Desktop Support Engineer. The last two years there, I spent working as an IT Security Analyst.”


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

“In 2011, I graduated from Harrisburg University with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems. In 2012, I earned by CompTIA Security+ certification. This year I’ve earned two SANS certifications: GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst (GCIA) and GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH).”

And where did you receive it?

“CPAVTS gave me a tremendous advantage when I went to college. As far as the technical classes are concerned, I was far ahead of my classmates, because of what I had already learned as a high school student, at CPAVTS. The first year of college and part of the second, were already covered in my class at Votech. It made my college transition much easier and I was more comfortable in my college courses with the knowledge I already possessed and understanding of the material.”

“I can definitely say that choosing to go to CPAVTS IS one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. Without what I learned at CPAVTS, and the opportunities it enabled me to have, I don’t think I would be where I am in my career today.”


How was Cumberland Perry different than your regular high school?

“What stands out to me the most, is that I got to spend half of my day with other students that shared my exact same interests: computers and technology. I was able to connect and discuss these topics with other students. I was also able to meet others that would be going into the same industry as me and I wouldn’t have if I would have stayed at Mechanicsburg.”


How has your industry changed since your time at Cumberland Perry in terms of technology and equipment?

“As with anything technology related, things change rapidly in the computer world. However, a lot of the fundamentals are the same and still apply to what I do today. Although my program at CPAVTS didn’t necessarily focus on what I do now (Cyber Security), learning the basics at CPAVTS has propelled me through college life and beyond.”


What is your favorite CPAVTS memory?

“My favorite memory from my three years at CPAVTS, would have to be the fact that I spent half of every day during that time, in school, absolutely loving what I was doing. It almost didn’t feel like school! I was so involved in what I worked on each day and had so much fun doing it. Also, Mr. Champion, although no longer an instructor at CPAVTS, was an incredible educator.”