Program Spotlight- Horticulture & Landscaping

Teacher Spotlight- Malena Perryprogram spotlight- feb. 2019


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

“Exploring how to grow plants Aeroponically and what plants lend themselves to growing in that type of environment.”


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

“A few students go on to get a degree in some facet of Horticulture, others go right into the trade when they graduate.”


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

“Soft skills, customer service, and showing up for work on a regular basis- on time and ready to work!”


What is some of the recent technology and/or trends in the profession, with which students become familiar?

“The most current trend in our trade is growing plants hydroponically. Growing food with less water and growing medical marijuana.”


What unit/topic do student struggle with the most in your program and why do you think that is?

“Botanical names of plants seem to be difficult for most students. I think because they are Latin and most students find it difficult to spell and pronounce.”


Explain a typical day in your program.

“We do Theory lessons, but in my shop there really isn’t a “typical” day, it just depends on what is going on.” (weddings, prom, homecoming and various school functions, holiday arrangements, landscaping, greenhouses, arboretum, aquaponics system…to name a few)


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

“Never give up, do something you love or your passionate about and stay in touch.”

How many years have you been at CPAVTS?

“I have been with CPAVTS for 20 years.”


What is your experience before coming to CPAVTS?

“I have a 4 year Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State, in Agricultural Education. I worked as a florist at Plasterer’s Florist in Chambersburg, PA.”


February 2019- Rotary Students of the Month

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Melissa Pasquel, a student in the Early Childhood Education program from Mechanicsburg High School, is a member of FCCLA (CPAVTS), Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society (Mechanicsburg) and a Cooperative Education student. Outside of school she participates in a Christians in Action Youth Group, is a Worship Leader and works in her church nursery. She was awarded as Student of the Quarter and has made Honor Roll. After graduation she hopes to attend Toccoa Falls College to further her studies in Early Childhood Education.

Cameron Dick is a Northern York High School student in the Electrical Construction and Maintenance Program. He is on the baseball team at Northern and currently employed by E and G in Carlisle. He is an Honor Roll student, as well as being named Student of the Quarter. He plans to attend the Pennsylvania College of Technology to study Building Automation after graduation.

Aniika Craddock is an Automotive Technology students from Cumberland Valley High School. She participates in various activities and clubs, such as National Technical Honor Society (CPAVTS), Ski Club and Snowboard Club (CV), as well as the Cooperative Education program, employed at Faulkner Subaru. She received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for her hours at the Hershey Story Museum. She has been recognized as an Honor Roll student as well as making Student of the Quarter. She plans to attend HACC (Harrisburg Area Community College) to study Dental Hygiene.

9th Grade Exploratory Night

Students from 13 different sending school districts are invited to explore two programs of their choice at 9th grade exploratory night at Cumberland Perry AVTS.  This year 145 students and 220 parents registered to explore and get the hands on taste of what CPAVTS is all about!

This has been an annual community event for potential incoming students. This year was the highest turn out for the event filling registration to the max in almost 14 various programs.  Students who explored this evening, received an extension on registration for the 2019-2020 school year since the deadline is usually January 18th

Students and parents enjoyed a culinary buffet dinner while Mr. Bruhn, the Administrative Director, addressed enrollment, application, and program information.  This was a great opportunity to show potential new students and their parents what Cumberland Perry AVTS has to offer.

Catching Up With...Kalvin Groce, Class of '15

alumni spotlight-feb. 2019Kalvin Groce is a Greenwood High School student who graduated from the Horticulture and Landscaping Program at CPAVTS. He was in recently to visit his favorite teacher and have a special arrangement made by the “new talent”.

We took some time with Kalvin to catch up with him and hear how things have progressed with his career since leaving CPAVTS…

Here is what he had to share with us:


Describe the company or industry in which you currently work.

“Fry Communications Inc., which is a printing company.”


What is your job title and what do you do?

“Machine operator at the facility.”


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

“I was a Landscaper at Central Penn Landscaping.”


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

“I didn’t receive any additional training so to speak, but CPAVTS provided me with the skills necessary to be prepared in my field.”


How was Cumberland Perry different than your regular high school?

“It was more focused on getting my ready for the workforce, and academic part was more specific to my profession…everything was mostly hands-on.”


What is your favorite memory from CPAVTS?

“The PA Home Builder’s Show.”

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