Cooperative Education Spotlight - Devin Foster
Devin, a Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School Electronics Technology student, works on disassembling computer components for partnering employer, PC Parts. He was given this opportunity through the collaboration between the employer who agreed to take a part time student, TechBridge who offered a paid work experience, his home school who provide transportation, and an outside agency who provided a temporary job coach to help him adjust to the world of work. As of today, Devin has successfully learned the job and is increasing his speed daily to meet production goals. The employer is very pleased and has already stated they are likely to hire him on after the paid work experience.
New Employee Spotlight-Nancy Reitzel, Child Care Instructor
This November, Cumberland Perry AVTS was proud to welcome Nancy Reitzel to its family of educators as the new Child Care and Guidance Instructor. This week we're featuring a short interview with Mrs. Reitzel about the short time she has spent at the school:
What were you doing before you came to Cumberland Perry?
"I was a substitute teacher for East Pennsboro and West Shore school districts and I was working on my master's degree in early childhood education at Shippensburg University."
What made you decide to apply to CPAVTS?
"I taught preschool for years, and I'm a music teacher. Being able to combine the work I've done in childcare and teaching is an awesome opportunity!"
Is there anything specifically you're seeking to teach your students?
"Yes! I want my students to understand how important their work is--how important the preschool age is. At this stage, children are gaining the building blocks for the future, and with a quality preschool education they can function better later in life. Everything is so important, I need my students to understand how important they are and how important their education is."
What has been your favorite thing about working as the Child Care and Guidance Instructor so far?
"I love it when the preschoolers are here, and I love it when the students have well-planned lessons prepared for the day. When the students' faces light up like 'I did it!' and when the children are thinking, 'Wow, that was awesome!', [I feel like] there's no better job in the world!"
Thanks to Mrs. Reitzel for taking the time to answer a few questions! We hope to have her teaching with us for years to come!
Nursing Students Prepare for Clinicals
The first group of students in Kathy Lauver's program will soon be starting their clinical trials at the Oak Skilled Nursing Unit at Bethany Village. Students in the Nursing program at CPAVTS are required to complete 46 hours of residential care in addition to clinical exams, which they will complete afterward.
While at Bethany Village, students will start out working with a partner to care for a resident, providing help with everyday tasks, such as feeding and bathing. Students will then move on to work on their own to care for multiple residents, depending on how many people live at the Village. Additionally, students are encouraged to meet residents whom they are not in charge of caring for. The purpose for this, as Mrs. Lauver says, is to "spend time with residents who they aren't necessarily helping to get to know how to care for and communicate with people with communicative, physical, or psychiatric difficulties". And of course, in meeting new people, there is always the potential to make new friends!
Once the students return to their normal routine, they face the clinical exams, which test their skills and understanding of key concepts in the field. But first, they'll have to work through this more hands-on challenge. "They're nervous," Lauver said, "about caring for the residents. But they're looking forward to it as well. They worked hard to make up for these snow days and get in all the material they needed to learn [before going to Bethany Village]!"
Best of luck to the Nursing students as they prepare for their clinicals!
Pictured: Shawn Guyer (Mechanicsburg) and Morgan Reed (Cumberland Valley) have some fun while practicing nail care techniques while Carmen Gonzalez (Cumberland Valley) demonstrates how to properly drain a catheter.
New Resource Available to CPAVTS Students
As some may be aware, the Endorsed Trade Program developed by the Pennsylvania Builders Association, in collaboration with educators and local builders associations, provides high school graduates more credibility in the job market. Currently, the PBA endorses the CPAVTS Carpentry, Electrical Construction & Maintenance, HVAC and Masonry programs; this means that the builder members of PBA have evaluated these programs and determined that they provide an exemplary education and training environment that produces leaders in the construction trade industry. Additionally, students in these programs who complete their training with passing test scores from the NOCTI (National Occupation Competency Testing Institute) receive a personalized PBA Skills Certificate, which builds their resume by showing future employers and educational programs that they have mastered the skills and knowledge required for advanced placements.
A 3D Printer Becomes a Valuable Classroom Tool
When life gives you lemons, you...start a fundraiser to buy a 3D printer and make robots. At least, that's what Chris Champion did when he discovered that his students could not build their robots due to unavailable parts.
The Computer Information Systems program at Cumberland Perry AVTS is all about computers, specifically how to program them, so the idea to have students practice programming by making 'bots is a great way to offer some hands-on learning. But as students became more involved with their creations, and as parts became less simple to come by, Mr. Champion decided to start a fundraiser not to simply purchase the parts, but to purchase a 3D printer capable of making the parts.
Through the DonorsChoose.org education fundraising site, the CIS program managed to raise over $2,400 of the $2,500 needed to buy the printer--and the printer company donated the rest. With this impressive new piece of technology, students were able to create the parts they needed as well as pieces for other projects. And of course, they also receive a hands-on introduction to 3D printing technology and modeling programs to boot.
The acquisition of the printer is by no means the end of the story. Earlier this month, a team of students from Mr. Champion's class entered one of these robot projects into the annual Nanoline Contest sponsored by Phoenix Contact, a company based in Germany with offices in Middletown. Entrants used Phoenix Nanoline's control system to move obstacles as they manouvered their robot through a maze; the CPAVTS team came in second.
From simple experimentation with robots to manning a 3D printer and entering a robotics contest, students in the Computer Information Systems program are clearly not lacking hands-on training. With this new piece
of technology in their hands, there can be plenty more experimentation in the future. Congratulations to the team on their success at Nanoline!
Photos of the bot produced by the MakerBot 3D printer: