Cooperative Education Spotlight-Kyle Potteiger


Kyle Potteiger, a senior from Susquenita High School, is currently employed by Art Communication Systems Inc., through the Cooperative Education program here at CPAVTS. Kyle attends Susquenita  until 11:30am each school day and then rushes off to his first real world work experience within the Graphic Communications Industry. Upon his arrival, he meets with the site foreman to find his daily tasks. His daily routine is very seldom the same, one day working in the press room, the next in the bindery department, and the next in the mailroom. After two years of training and simulation in the classroom, his instructor felt he was ready to enter the workforce. A few phone calls early in the school year by his Graphic Communications instructor, Mr. Atticks, helped land an interview for Kyle. From there, Kyle prepared for the interview, landed the position and has been a member of the ACS team ever since. Kyle states that he loves being involved in all aspects of the job and it sure beats sitting behind a school desk. With graduation quickly approaching, Kyle is already setting the groundwork for full time employment, doing what he wants to do!


Catching up with ..... Kim (Zack) McBride '83

Kim McBride - Feb alumni feature

Kim (Zack) McBride, Class of 1983, Commercial Art

Program: Commercial Art (now called Advertising Art and Design)

Sending School District: Cumberland Valley

Year of Graduation: 1983

Since leaving Cumberland Perry I worked for 12 years as a graphic designer in the Harrisburg area. I started on co-op at Myers Associates and worked my way up to jobs at Balloon City USA, Harness Horse Magazine and TV Host Magazine while taking computer art classes at HACC.

Currently I am teaching Advertising Art & Design at SUN Area Technical Institute in New Berlin, PA.

CPAVTS helped me discover my talents and how to make a living in a career that I love.

What I remember most about my time at CPAVTS is my instructor, Mr. Frank Lentz. He taught me to use my creativity to solve problems while working for a client in a design atmosphere. The best designers are those that can harness their creativity for use in a business world.

The funniest memory I have is when another student placed his exacto knife on the angled drawing tabletop and it rolled off and stuck into his thigh. That’s probably inappropriate, but if you knew the guy this happened to, you would’ve laughed also!

Students Participate in Meals on Wheels

2014-02-11 Arvey Josh Anderson Lydia-Meals on Wheels Feature

The Worship House Church of God in Mechanicsburg has been reaching out to the community via their Meals on Wheels operations, even during this cold and snowy winter. Of the 183 volunteers currently lending a hand, two are students in the Cumberland Perry AVTS Culinary program: Josh Arvey and Lydia Anderson.

One day each week, the two students travel to the Church of God to help prepare the many meals for delivery later that day. "I like how everyone works together, and they're a lot of fun," Arvey said. "It doesn't feel like we're cooking for 100 people."

While Arvey mainly helps cook, Anderson also helps with packaging items for delivery, like juice. Anderson has been participating in the Meals on Wheels program since last fall. "[I remember] for Christmas they had me make so many dumplings--like, 200 dumplings," she said. But despite the sheer quantity of food they and other volunteers are making and the number of people involved, Anderson noted, "They're all a family."

The Mechanicsburg Meals on Wheels program serves home-bound seniors aged 60 and older in five municipalities besides Mechanicsburg Borough, including Upper Allen and Silver Spring Townships. Everyone involved deserves great praise for their hard work, but Cumberland Perry AVTS is especially proud of these two students' dedication!

Rotary Students of the Month - February


Francyn Stanko is a Biglerville High School student enrolled in the Cosmetology program. She is a member of the Biglerville Soccer team, the National Honor Society, and the National Technical Honor Society. Francyn also teaches K-2 Sunday school at her church. Francyn plans to attend Penn State to study Business Management.

 Joseph Potase is a Susquenita School District student enrolled in the Computer Information Systems program at CPAVTS. He is deciding between attending community college or enlisting in the Marines.

Students Make Their Case for Career and Technical Education


Cumberland Perry AVTS would like to thank Representatives Glen Grell, Sheryl Delozier, Mark Keller, and Stephen Bloom for setting aside some of their valuable time to speak with our students!

The common conception of education in the U.S. seems to be one that places the highest value on "white collar" positions.  Sometimes, the advanced training required in the programs at CPAVTS gets overlooked and undervalued.

On January 29, five students from Cumberland Perry AVTS met with legislators in Harrisburg to discuss why they value their technical education.

Josh Arvey (a Red Land senior in the Culinary program); Abigail Albright (a Newport senior in Horticulture); Brandi Coldsmith (a Big Spring senior in Dental Assisting); Gabriel Schroff (a Newport Senior in Electrical Construction and Maintenance); and Felicia Webber (a West Perry junior in Carpentry) each took about 15-20 minutes to speak with four different legislators.

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