Catching Up With…Bryce Thompson, Class of ‘16

Bryce Thompson is a graduate of East Pennsboro High School and the Horticulture and Landscaping Program at CPAVTS.Alumni Spotlight- Oct 2018

Bryce stopped in the Cumberland Perry recently to drop off some stone to his previous Instructor, Mrs. Perry in the Horticulture & Landscaping Program. Fortunately we managed to snag him for an Alumni Spotlight during his brief delivery and visit.

Here is what he has been up to since leaving CPAVTS:

Describe the company or industry in which you currently work.

“I am currently employed with Knisely Landscaping Inc. I started working with them through the Cooperative Education Program at CPAVTS during my senior year.”


What is your job title and what do you do?

“I am a landscaper laborer and sales consultant.”


What additional education and training did you receive after leaving CPAVTS and did you feel CPAVTS prepared you for this?

“I received a degree from the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Landscaping with an emphasis on Horticulture Landscape. I definitely felt that CPAVTS prepared me for this, I had an extensive understanding of what I was being taught.”


How was Cumberland Perry different than your regular high school?

“It wasn’t a typical classroom with book lessons, you got to get out and get your hands dirty. You learn the trade through doing the work. You can’t just read about it in a book and know how to do it, you literally have to plant things and watch them grow.”


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

“Technology has been a big change in the sense of estimating jobs as well as high definition design software.”



What is your favorite memory of CPAVTS?

“I went on two different trips to Las Vegas, Nevada with NAHB (National Association of Home Builders). I also made life-long friendships during my time at CPAVTS with both classmates and instructors once I graduated.”


CPAVTS Cosmetology Clinic Opening Day 2018

CPAVTS Cosmetology Clinic will open for public clients on October 12 at 8:30-10:30 AM and 12:30-2:30 PM by appointment only. Cosmetology students will perform salon services such as haircuts, color, facials, manicures, pedicures, acrylics, Brazilian blowouts, relaxers, braiding, and extensions. Walk-ins will not be accepted! Everyone must possess a driver’s license and be listed as a visitor. Students are not permitted to take off school and children must be older than 3. Cosmetology students will perform all work and charges for reasonable cost of materials only. Cash or check only. Please call 717-697-0354 ext. 133 or 134 to make your appointment today!


CPAVTS Cumberland Café- Opening Day!

Cafe Opening Oct. 2018

Cumberland Perry AVTS student run café will open to the public on Friday, October 19. They will be serving breakfast, lunch, and dessert. This is a student designed menu with daily specials. The restaurant is reservation and cash only with handicap accessibility. The restaurant seats 30 guests and is open from 8:30-10:30 AM for breakfast and 12:30-2:30 PM for lunch reservations. Please call 717-697-0354 ext. 170 to make your reservation today!

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Program Spotlight- Culinary Arts

Teacher Spotlight- Chef McGrathProgram Spotlight- Sept 2018

What is your favorite part of teaching your program?

“I love cooking and baking and enjoy teaching people how to cook.”


What is the most difficult part of teaching your program?

“Teaching a new subject to the kids can be difficult for me.”


What would you say is the most fun part of your program for you?

“I love baking bread in one of our many ovens!”


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

“We do a lot more photography, to build our portfolios, myself and students both.”


What is the highlight of the year?

“Running the restaurant on Fridays.”


What are you the most proud of adding to your skills over the years to date?

“Making puff pastry, it isn’t the easiest.”


Can you explain a typical day in your program?

“Come in and turn on all the equipment, set up a station, start cooking food, cooking staff meals, catering orders, meals for the restaurant, clean up stations.”


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 your program?

“Be ready, be prepared. We are on our feet and busy all day. You need to have a good work eithic.”


program -sept 2018Student Spotlight

Summarize what you learn in your program in one sentence.

“You learn the in and out of culinary arts, from cleaning to cooking.”

“I learn to safely make food and how to be sanitary when in the kitchen.”

“We have learned how to make a variety of dishes, and how to use different kitchen equipment.”


What is the hardest part of your program?

“Closing Time”- “Finding people to clean up at the end of the rush.”

“Remembering all of the dimensions for knife cuts.”

“Trying to remember all the information.”


What is the most fun part of your program?

“Creative Freedoms, such as decorating cakes and designing menus.”

“The most fun part for me is making good food with good people.”

“Chef is awesome and the field trip to Hershey!”


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

“Proofing Cabin”-dough proofer is a warming chamber used in baking that encourages fermentation of dough by yeast through warm temperatures and controlled humidity. It is also called a proofing box, proofing oven or proofing cabinet.

“I learned how to use the meat grinder attachment for the mixer.”

“Digital portfolios.”

What is your plan for after high school?

“I plan to go to college and hopefully open my own restaurant one day.”

“My plan after high school is to go to college and then open my own restaurant in New York.”



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

“Taking the NOCTI and graduating.”

“Making pastry and desserts.”

“Just being here with my friends.”



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

“Cake decorating and making bread.”

“I’m proud of everything I learn to do here, it is a lot!”


Explain a typical day in your program.

“Come in, do a chore, get dressed in full uniform, wash hands, meet in center bay area, get to work, clean the kitchen and leave.”

“It varies, some days the focus is more on cooking if we have an event, or a particular lesson, and other days we focus on cleaning and sanitizing.”


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

“I’ve taken foreign food class at school, where we got to cook certain specialty dishes…at tech everything is hands on from start to finish and a wide variety.”

“We don’t sit in classes all day, every part of what we learn involves instruction and hands-on work simultaneously.”spotlight- sept 2018 b


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?

“PAY ATTENTION! Chef knows what he is talking about, and so do the older students. You are going to learn a lot all at once, so keep track and take good notes.”

“Listen, pay attention and don’t have an attitude. Just be happy and learn.”

“It’s a great shop to be in, but you need to take notes, ask questions and be on your best behavior.”


Catching Up With...Daulton Bigler, Class of '16

Alumni Spotlight- Sept 2018Daulton is a graduate of Cumberland Valley High School and the Advertising, Art and Design Program. He visited CPAVTS last school year, to do a project for previous instructor, Mrs. Lenker- Badorf, and graciously took some time to fill us in on what he has been up to in his industry.

Here is what he had to say:

Describe the company or industry in which you currently work.

“Factor X Graphics, which is a large industry warehouse and commercial sign manufacturer. We also print banners, vehicle wraps and barcodes.”


What is your job title and what do you do?

“I am a graphic designer and I work on the production floor. I also handle the racecar graphics and instillation department.”


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

“I was hired right after graduating from CPAVTS and I have been full-time at Factor X Graphics (Owned by former Advertising student, and current OAC member, Chad Mullen), ever since.”


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

“Nothing additional. I have used a lot of my design skills that were acquired through CPAVTS, and I continue to use them on a daily basis.”


How was Cumberland Perry different than you regular high school?

“It taught me the skills necessary to work in a field I wanted a career in. I am very thankful for everything CPAVTS does for kids.”


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

“Technology is always changing, but signs are signs, and they are always in demand.”



What is your favorite CPAVTS memory?

“Working with multiple shops, as well as NTHS with designing logos, flyers, designing and installing the Culinary Café decal on their window.”

Race car- program spotlight sept 2018

"In addition I also included a picture of my racecar that I designed the wrap for through my job!"- Daulton Bigler