Cooperative Education Spotlight- Kyle Wickard

coop spot- may 2019

When Kyle Wickard was in 9th grade, he knew he wanted to attend Cumberland Perry AVTS and be in a mechanical program. He was accepted into the Diesel Technology program later that year and has made the most of his decision. Now a senior, he is currently employed by Lobar Associates, Inc. through the Cooperative Education program at CPAVTS. Kyle attends Cumberland Valley High School each morning and then reports to work at noon. Every day brings a new adventure with equipment repairs, preventive maintenance, hydraulic hose repairs, and many more trade related tasks. The classroom setting and simulated work in the Diesel Tech program have provided the entry level skills necessary for Kyle to be successful on the job. The transition from the classroom to the workforce has gone very smooth. With his knowledge, skillset, and work ethic far superior to most his age, he is a welcome addition to the Lobar Associates team.

 

CPAVTS Culinary students prepare cuisine for Governor’s STEM Competition

 

High school students from across Pennsylvania will challenge other teams with their projects to make the quality of Pennsylvanian life better.  The Competition will be held at the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg.  Students, parents, and many dignitaries will be in attendance for this yearly event giving CPAVTS students’ real experience with the catering side of Culinary. 

Chef Robert Miller planned the Pennsylvanian themed menu which includes a 200 person luncheon accompanied by a buffet dinner.  The luncheon menu consists of tomato basil bisque, various wraps, Amish macaroni salad, potato salad, whoopee pies, and cookies at the Civil War Museum.  Interactive serving stations will be arranged throughout Memorial Hall at the State Museum consisting of a garden salad, veggie sampler, pasta bar, fresh fruit bar, and red velvet cake.  CPAVTS Culinary students prepared food items before-hand to ensure expediting the prompt ceremony schedule. 

Centerpieces for the event were designed by the Horticulture and Landscaping program at CPAVTS.  It was requested to be simple, Pennsylvanian, with a woodsy touch.  Vases were filled with Gerber daisies and bells of Ireland with a twine wrap holding a tree slice that was wood burnt with the Pennsylvania State outline.  

This event prepared students for real life catering, menu implementation, serving etiquette, and teamwork, while simultaneously achieving one of the largest on-site catering events CPAVTS has ever accomplished.

 

Catching Up With…Ethan Rhodes-O’Brien, Class of ’15 and Joseph Kruba, Class of ‘18

alumni spot- May 2019Ethan and Joseph both came by CPAVTS to visit instructor, Mr. Fogleman in the Precision Machine Classroom. Needless to say, we wasted no amount of time asking them to fill out our Alumni questionnaire.

 

Describe the company or industry in which you currently work.

“I started working for the railroad machining industry after high school, at a company called Amsted Rail. I am currently pursing my bachelor’s degree at Central Penn College.”-Ethan

“I work for Ames Industries, a plastic injection molding company.”- Joseph

 

What is your job title and what do you do?

“I was a CNC Operator at Amsted Rail. I operated machines that made parts for rail car coupler cushioning units.”

“Toolmaker- I make and condition injection molds.”

 

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

“I am currently pursing higher education at the Pennsylvania College of Technology. I believe I was well prepared by CPAVTS.”

“I am learning the trade of a toolmaker via an apprenticeship. CPAVTS prepared me for this by learning the basics.”

 

How was Cumberland Perry different than your regular high school?

“Cumberland Perry was a more hands on learning environment. It allowed me the opportunity to learn a useful skill.”

“I was able to choose the trade I wanted to learn and the work was hands-on.”

 

How has your industry changed since you time at Cumberland Perry?

“There is more emphasis on automation, learn mfg., integration of additive mfg. technologies.”

“Technology continues to improve as well as the need for people to learn the new tech.”

What is your favorite CPAVTS memory?

“Graduating and feeling a sense of accomplishment.”

“When I was able to finish my NIMS part in time for it to count for graduation.”

Cooperative Education Spotlight- Melissa Pasquel

coop spotlight- april 2019

Melissa Pasquel, a senior from Mechanicsburg High School, has always known she wanted to do something with little kids when she grew up. So, during her 9th grade year, she filled out an application to attend Cumberland Perry AVTS, with hopes of landing one of the vacancies in the Early Childhood Education program. That spring, she received an acceptance letter and her career plan was on its way. After two successful and fun years in the program, a representative from The Children’s Center in Camp Hill, while assisting with the NOCTI testing, took notice of Melissa and her passion for little children. Melissa was soon offered a summer position with The Children’s Center. While working as a teacher’s assistant, she utilizes many of the skills that she learned the last 2 years. Planning and conducting daily activities, preparing educational materials, observe, record and report behaviors, and developing individual plans to meet needs of children are just some of those daily functions performed while working.   By the end of the summer, Melissa and her employer didn’t want to part ways, so the position rolled into a Cooperative Education experience. Now, 4 days a week, Melissa leaves Mechanicsburg HS and reports to work and puts her skillset to good use. Melissa plans to stay on board until the fall, when she plans to attend Toccoa Falls College in Georgia and study Early Childhood Education with a minor in Music. Her career pathway is headed in the right direction.

Middle School Summer Camps

Registration Link for Middle School Summer Camp

 

CPAVTS is excited to host various Middle School camps this June. Students that will be in grades 6-8 for the 2019-2020 school year are invited to attend.   Each camp will cost $35 for a Monday thru Thursday 8:30 am-11:30 am and each camper will receive a t-shirt.  

June 10-13 Camp Offerings 8:30 am-11:30 am (choose one)

Sawdust to Shingles:  Creative Carpentry Camp will touch base on a variety of basic building skills to produce and exciting week for future builders.  We will work together to produce a project the students will be proud of.  Closed toe work shoes, long pants, and a positive attitude are required.  Filled-Registration is closed

Camp Greenhorn:  Campers will be learning the basics of Mig welding and metal bending.  Campers should wear closed toe shoes (preferably ankle high boots due to sparks from welding), old jeans, and sweatshirt that can get dirty. Filled-Registration is closed

Daytime Detectives:  Join us for fun, friend, and crime solving as campers learn what it takes to be a successful detective.  Campers will learn basic investigative skills, use police equipment, and will work together to solve crimes.  Campers should come ready to work as a team, and get outside their comfort zone and put their reasoning skills to the test.  Attire should include a hat, t-shirt, pants, and sneakers.  Activities will be inside and outside so dress appropriately.  Filled-Registration is closed

Super Hot, Super Chillin' HVAC:  Campers will solder, braze, and work with PVC and pipe.  Campers will also learn basic electric wiring and also check the operation of air conditioning and heating units.  Campers should wear long cotton pants, closed toe shoes, and refrain from exposed jewelry. Filled-Registration is closed 

Behind the Chair Cosmetology Camp:  Camp will consist of learning hands on curling iron, French twists, highlighting, and manicure techniques.  Campers will also learn basic hair theory.  Campers should wear long pants, rubber shoes, and a short sleeve shirt.  Please do not wear tank tops or shorts.  Filled-Registration is closed

Plant your Future:   Campers will be connecting with nature by exploring the plant world and opportunities it has to offer.  Campers will experience fun hands-on activities indoors and outdoors.  Please wear closed toe shoes, t-shirt, and jeans that can get dirty.

Forklifts R' US:  Discover what goes on inside a warehouse and distribution center.  campers get hands-on training on pallet stacking and wrapping, RFID scanners, and forklift operations.  Please wear closed toe shoes.  

ECE Works for Me:  Campers will learn games, songs, and tricks of the trade when working with pre-school children.  Campers should wear t-shirts, jeans without holes, or shorts below your fingertips.  

Hanging with the Health OCC:  Campers will learn various skills in the field of Dental and Nursing as well as health and wellness tips and techniques.  Campers will have Dental camp for 2 days and Nursing camp the other 2 days.  Campers are encouraged to wear sneakers, pants, and a t-shirt. 

June 17-20 Camp Offerings 8:30 am-11:30 am (choose one)

Flip the Switch to Summertime:  During this exciting week of discovery, students will learn about how electricity behaves, what it actually is and how to wire common electrical circuits.  Campers should wear jeans or khakis, work boots or closed toe shoes.  Safety glasses and tools will be provided.  Filled-Registration is closed

Camp Horsepower:  Campers will learn about automotive engines, systems, and electronics.  Campers should wear jeans, closed toe shoes, and attire ready for grease.  Filled-Registration is closed

Hanging with the Health OCC:  Campers will learn various skills in the field of Dental and Nursing as well as health and wellness tips and techniques.  Campers will have Dental camp for 2 days and Nursing camp the other 2 days.  Campers are encouraged to wear sneakers, pants, and a t-shirt.  

Behind the Chair Cosmetology Camp:  Camp will consist of learning hands on curling iron, French twists, highlighting, and manicure techniques.  Campers will also learn basic hair theory.  Campers should wear long pants, rubber shoes, and a short sleeve shirt.  Please do not wear tank tops or shorts.  Filled-Registration is closed