9th Grade Exploratory Night

Perspective students for 2020-2021 school year, spent the evening exploring 11 different program options at CPAVTS, out of the full 21 available for enrollment. Nearly 100 students registered for this exclusive evening of hands-on, high school, education opportunities

This has been an annual, community event for potential incoming students. Exploration Night allows these students a more in-depth experience in two trade areas they might consider enrolling in at CPAVTS. Program options this year for students to explore included automotive perspectives, construction trades, health care fields, and public service opportunities.

Students and parents were greeted for the evening with a dinner, prepared by the CPAVTS Culinary Arts Program and Instructor. Administrative Director, Mr. Bruhn, greeted guests and addressed subjects such as enrollment, the application process, and program information, before sending students out to explore!

Exploratory Night is an opportunity that showcases how Cumberland Perry AVTS educates students for industry-ready career occupations. It's an event your student won't want to miss in the future, when considering whether or not an educatiuon at CPAVTS is the right choice for them.



Featured Alumni Spotlight - Katelynn Camplese, Class of '17

Cosmetology Alumni, and Freelance Makeup Artist, Katelynn Camplese, visits CPAVTS

Katelynn Camplese graduated from the Cosmetology program in June of 2017. Since graduation from CPAVTS and East Pennsboro High School, she has moved to Nashville, TN and earned a diploma from the Academy of Makeup Arts, in Special Effects Makeup. Her foundation at CPAVTS, and this degree, has led to plans for her to move to LA and follow her dreams of doing effects makeup on a film set!

During junior year at CPAVTS, Katelynn attended “Fashion Week”, a trip to NYC, and it was at that moment she knew she wanted to be behind the scenes doing makeup for movies. Initially after graduation she worked at various salons performing hair and makeup styles, but it wasn’t what she truly wanted to do with her career.

So she packed up and moved to Nashville. She had hoped to make her dreams come true working a set for a film production. She spend five months attending the Academy of Makeup Arts, and was ahead of the rest of the students enrolled, because of already having obtained a Cosmetology License from CPAVTS. She excelled at the Academy! She had already had hands-on instruction, real client service experience, business skills, marketing, and most importantly time management skills, all learned and honed during in the Cosmetology program at CPAVTS.

At this point in time, Katelynn is working as a freelance makeup artist, some of her work has been beautifying brides for their wedding day, or fancying up models for fashion shows, but her favorite assignments are on film photo shoots or film productions. This is when she gets to show her passion with special effects artistry. She recently completed in a 77 hour film fest, where contenders were given a theme and had to complete a script, produce, film, and film edit, all within the 77 hour deadline. When asked about her enjoyment behind the scenes of film work she stated, “You never know what you are going to show up to do. Sometimes the pay is little, but the experience and film credits are worth it!”

Katelynn also stated that social media is a major marketing target for her, since she is a freelance artist it is a great way to get her name and work out there. She prefers the busy lifestyle, which is good, since she is usually on a film set for the weekends, and constantly traveling to different sets that aren’t based in Nashville. All leading to her decision to move in the near future to LA, where the special effects business in the film industry is plentiful!

We can’t wait to hear about what Katelynn does next, unfortunately she cannot discuss what films she has already worked on, but we will be on the lookout in the upcoming year film credits for her name on the big screen!


Advertising Art & Design Tours NYC

The senior class of Advertising Art and Design students spent a day in NYC exploring art.  They started off their visit at the Metropolitan in NYC.  Students enjoyed the refined art and cultures in this museum.  They spent 3 hours trying to observe all they could in the five floors of the Met.  There was Egyptian pyramid pieces, mummies, and handmade jewelry.  In the Asian wing students enjoyed the temples, statues, armor, and the Buddha statues.  They were astonished by American art, a painting that featured the Washington crossing the Potomac.  Students enjoyed all the Greek statues but didn’t get to witness the Statue Garden as it was too windy in the city that day. 

While exploring lunch options in NYC, students enjoyed that the restaurants all had their food ratings on the buildings.  They enjoyed the culture, and art, along with busy traffic, all the dogs, and buildings that NYC has to offer.  They even enjoyed the excitement of driving through Times Square and viewing all the massive signs and large billboards.

The next stop after lunch, was the Museum of Modern Art.  Students loved all the abstract art featured at this museum, like the concrete art garden with water.  There were many interactive displays, such as the Kaleidoscope room.  The Van Gogh artwork was a special feature students were privileged to see.  It is a collection that travels across the world.

The AAD students said “this was a once in a lifetime event they will never forget”. 

Program Spotlight- Nursing Assisting

Teacher Spotlight- Mrs. Lauver


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

Erin Border, our new level 1 & 2 Nursing Instructor.”


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

“A large number utilize the Nurse Aide Cert. while attending Nursing School. However, many are in pharmacies, working in respiratory therapy, or in various roles in hospitals and doctor’s offices.”


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

“The specific certifications are great, but the foundations skills of healthcare, good communication, attitude, and work ethic go a long way with employers.”


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

“The topic/units vary for each student, but I would have to say that the higher level medical terminology can be tough for everyone at times.”


Explain a typical day in your program.

“At this point in the year- students sign in to the NA logs for attendance, then we proceed by working through NA curriculum, until clinicals and certification testing.”


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

“I would encourage them to choose a path that makes them happy and to strive to be the best human possible.”


How many years have you been at CPAVTS?

“This is my 10th year at CPAVTS.”


What is your experience before coming to CPAVTS?

“I have been working in the healthcare field since I was 17. My experience began as a CNA, then a Medical Assistant, then the great leap to RN. My passion has always been Geriatrics, Rehab and Sub-Acute Care. I just love and respect the elderly and I hope to share some of that with my students.”



Student Spotlight-Nursing Assisting


Summarize what you learn in your program in one sentence.

“Nursing Assisting, is the basics of geriatric and general care for patients.”


“We learn everything from vitals to bed making, we know how to provide care for all types of patients.”


“We are learning all about how to be a responsible nurse.”


“We learn the basic needs of the elderly, along with how to give care to them with learned procedures.”


“In my program, we learn an abundant amount of information & skills essential to preparing and passing the CNA exam.”


What is the hardest part of your program?

“Memorization and retention of information for exams, as well as mastering skills and applying the information.”


“The book work, because there is A LOT of it!”


“Having a small amount of time to get a lot of work done.”


“Managing time and stress.”


What is the most fun part of your program?

“The connection we make with people from other school, you won’t get that opportunity at your high school.”


“Doing the hands-on skills for practice.”


“Working together with my class and learning new skills.”


“Getting out into the real world for clinicals.”


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

“Electronic Vital Signs Machine.”


What is your plan for after high school?

“I plant to go into college to study anthropology and forensics, so I can then get a job as a forensic anthropologist.”


“To attend Waynesburg University, work as a phlebotomist or CNA, and earn my Masters in Nursing. I’d then like to become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and travel as a nurse to Haiti and Africa.”


“Apply to HACC for my RN and work as a CNA full time while going to school.”


“I plan to either go to the U.S. Air Force as a Nurse, or become a Pediatrician.”


“Attend IUP to get my BSN; Doing ROTC and enlisting in the Army after my 2nd year, and getting my masters while on active duty.”


“Go to HACC for Nursing, and become a Neonatal Nurse.”


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

“Going to clinicals and getting certified.”


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

“Knowing the basics of how the human body works, how it is put together and functions.”


Explain a typical day in your program.

“Come in, change into scrubs, sign in to NA Log, start nurse aid, then we have a theory lesson, then work on our packets.”


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

“It is a lot more in-depth, and there is three years of it. Each year is even more in-depth then the previous year.”


“It is a college learning pace, and you graduate with a certification that you can immediately get a job with.”


“We get taught what to expect in the real world. We learn about the skills we will need to use in real life, and how to take care of patients in our career path.”


“Learning here is life-changing, you learn skills to perform the very important role of being a nurse.”

“CPAVTS classes/lessons are set at your “own pace” and don’t seem like a chore; A lot of the work is very independent. At my other school the teachers tend to lecture more, and makes sure everyone is working at the same pace.”


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?

“Do not procrastinate! Get all of your stuff done on time and take the class seriously.”


“Do your work on time!”


“To be dedicated, if you want to do this program, you need to do the work and always give it 110% effort.”

Cooperative Education Spotlight- Hunter Szczypta

Hunter Szczypta is already at work and turning wrenches while most of his classmates are on their way to school each morning. Hunter, a senior from Big Spring High School and enrolled in the Automotive Technology program, is currently employed by Midas Auto Service in Carlisle. As part of the Cooperative Education program, he is capping off his vocational education with some valuable hands on training. When Hunter was in 9th grade, a family member and close friend recommended the Automotive Technology program as a good career path. Hunter enjoyed helping work on this family member’s race car in his spare time and applied for admission in hopes of enhancing this passion. Hunter was soon accepted and after 2 years of classroom and shop floor training at CPAVTS, he has made a smooth transition to the world of work. Each day brings new challenges and adventures to Hunter at Midas. Alignments, A/C service, electrical troubleshooting, mount and balance tires, and brake replacements are all part of the daily task list. Hunter states that he loves the wide variety of jobs he performs and it keeps every day exciting. He also cherishes the fact that he is getting a free education and getting paid when most young adults pay for this same training at the Post-Secondary level. With the mechanical aptitude and personal drive Hunter brings to the table, his pairing with Midas is sure to last well past graduation.