CPAVTS Welcomes Mr. Ash - Advertising Art & Design Instructor

New Instructor Spotlight – Joshua Ash, Advertising Art & Design Instructor

Mr. Joshua Ash was welcomed to Cumberland Perry AVTS in January 2019.  Mr. Ash has a degree in Graphic Arts from HACC and a Bachelor of Science for Business and Marketing from Central Penn College.  He is excited to bring his knowledge and experience to CPAVTS Advertising Art & Design program!  Here is what he shared regarding his new teaching position:


What did you do before coming to work at Cumberland Perry AVTS?

"I was the Creative Director at Central Penn College where I managed a Graphic Designer, recreated admission packets, developed signage, and also their merchandise line.”


What made you decide you wanted to teach?

“I always wanted to teach classes for Graphic Design, as teaching for me personally is much more rewarding than trying to meet critical deadlines.”


How has your first month been?

“My first month has been great here!  Students and faculty are nice and helpful.”


What part of the curriculum are you looking most forward to teaching?

“I cannot wait for the real world projects.  I have many ideas such as developing swatch watch including the face, band, and box.  I would like to do a team project on creating a food truck, logo, menu, and the skin.”


What’s the most important thing you hope to impart on your students?

“I want to build confidence in my students and self-worth.  Everyone is different and needs to embrace the foundations of success.”

Catching Up With...Madeline Gleason and Isabelle Lowe, Class of '16

Alumni Spot- March 2019Maddie Gleason and Isabelle Lowe came by their old stomping grounds at Cumberland Perry to enjoy breakfast at the CPAVTS Cumberland Café.

These ladies both ended up in the health care field after leaving CPAVTS, but food preparation is a part of patient care. 


Describe the company or industry in which you currently work.

“I currently work in healthcare at the County Meadows Retirement Community.”-Maddie

“I work in Medicare Insurance for Novita Solutions.”- Isabelle


What is your job title and what do you do?

“I am a Personal Care Associate, I provide personal care for the elderly patients/residents.”

“I am a Provider Service Advocate for Medicare.”


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

“I worked for a pizza shop.”

“Cooking on a daily basis, but I haven’t worked anywhere in industry.”


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

“I am currently enrolled in college and CPAVTS definitely prepared me.”-both


How was Cumberland Perry different than your regular high school?

“I felt CPAVTS was more student friendly, we were treated as “professionals” and the instruction was individualized for all students to become successful in a career they are interested in.”

“It was more laid back, and he work was hands-on.”


What is your favorite CPAVTS memory?

“2016 End of the Year Party, all outings we did as a class.”

“The Thanksgiving meal our program had every year.”

March 2019- Rotary Students of the Month

March 2019 SOMs

Gretchen Frederick is a West Perry High School student in the Dental Assisting Program. She participates in various activities at CPAVTS and West Perry, including Varsity Club, Varsity Softball, Basketball and Field Hockey (WP); NTHS (National Technical Honor Society) and HOSA (Future Health Professionals), CPAVTS. She made honor roll at CPAVTS, and plans to attend Penn Tech after graduation, to study Pre-Dental Hygiene.

Jake Pursell is a Computer Programming student from West Perry High School. He enjoys various extra-curricular activities, such as Fishing, Airsoft and programming work. He also participates in school plays and musicals at West Perry. He was named student of the quarter and made honor roll at CPAVTS. He plans to continue his studies in Computer Programming, and Game Development at Harrisburg University.

Tristessa Iski is a Boiling Springs High School student in the Nurse Assisting Program. She is a member of HOSA (Future Health Professionals). She participates in Snowboard Club at SM, is a tutor for her peers, and a Cooperative Education student at CPAVTS. She is currently employed by Panera Bread. She was named student of the quarter and made honor roll at CPAVTS. Upon graduating she is interested in attending Shippensburg University or IUP to student Psychology or Mathematics.

Cooperative Education Spotlight- Tessa Iski

coop spot. feb 2019

Tessa Iski, a senior from South Middleton High School, starts off each school day by pulling into the Fredrickson Outpatient Center in Mechanicsburg.  She reports to Peter J Sakol, M.D. who is in charge of Oculofacial Plastic Surgery and Cosmetic & Laser Surgery.  Tessa is currently enrolled in the Nursing Assistant program at Cumberland Perry AVTS and working through the Cooperative Education program.  After 2 years in the Nursing program, Tessa realized obtaining her CNA and working at a traditional hospital was not in the cards for her.  As a senior, she started to realize she had a passion for the field of Ophthalmology.  As luck would have it, Dr Sakol called CPAVTS inquiring about hiring a student to assist in his office.  From there, the match was made and a great relationship has evolved.  Each day Tessa checks patients in, assists with their records, provides aide to other medical assistants, and checks patients out.  Her role as a team member is paramount in ensuring the best patient care and service are provided by Dr Sakol’s practice.  Tessa is well on her way to a successful career in the heath profession

Battle of the Kings

Students at Cumberland Perry AVTS are partnering in the “Battle of the Kings” competition with Appalachian Harley Davidson.   This cycle customization challenge is a competition among Harley Davidson dealerships partnering with vocational technical schools globally to see who has the talent to be called the “King”.

Students at Cumberland Perry AVTS will tear apart a fully assembled Harley Davidson motorcycle and fabricate it with design ideas personalized by instructors and students.  There are 12 students ready for the challenge!  Students on the team are from various programs at Cumberland Perry AVTS; Advertising Art & Design, Auto Collision, Auto Tech, Precision Machine, and Welding.   

This battle has a few pertinent guidelines.  Students at Cumberland Perry AVTS had to be recommended by their instructor with ability and desire to be on the battle team.  Work on the motorcycle must be completed off the clock, after school hours, weekends, or holidays.  The budget is to not spend half as much as the initial cost of the original bike.  The timeframe to complete the battle challenge is from January 1 through March 15! 

The reveal of the motorcycle is scheduled for April 15, 2019.   Stay tuned to see the finished challenge cycle!