April 2019- Rotary Students of the Month

SOM- April 2019 Rotary Students

Max Hughes is a Red Land High School student in the Automotive Technology Program. He is currently employed with both Freysinger Mazda and Journey’s. He is a member of Rocket Club (Red Land) and made the Honor Roll (CPAVTS). He plans to attend the Pennsylvania College of Technology to student Automotive Technology and Management.

Jessica Ramos is a West Perry High School student in the Cosmetology Program. She participates in various extracurricular activities, such as, Cheerleading, Varsity Club, Field Hockey and Softball at West Perry. She is a member of SkillsUSA (CPAVTS) and is currently employed by Hickory Ridge Restaurant and Holiday Bronze. She was named Student of the Quarter and made Honor Roll at CPAVTS. Upon graduating, she plans to attend Shippensburg University to study Early Education.

Brandon Myers is at student in the new Automation, Robotics and Electronics program from Red Land High School. He is part of the Band and participates in Football and MiniThon at Red Land. When his isn’t busy working as an employee at Walmart, he enjoys playing guitar, powerlifting and working on electronics. He made Honor Roll and was named Student of the Quarter (CPAVTS). When he graduates he plans to attend Thaddeus Stevens to study Electro-Mechanical Technology.

Catching Up With...Tyler Ruoss, Class of '18

alumni spotlight- april 2019Tyler just graduated from CPAVTS program, Precision Machine Technology last year, and he is already make strides in the world of machining. Here is just a little of what he shared with us. 

Describe the company or industry in which you currently work.

“I work for USA Spares, we make parts for the government.”

What is your job title and what do you do?

“Apprentice. I run a CNC Lathe.”

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

“I have only worked with USA Spares since graduating from CPAVTS.”

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

“Apprenticeship at Manufacturers Association. CPAVTS taught me tons and I got to skip classes because I was already ahead in my training.”

How was Cumberland Perry different than your regular high school?

“I wanted to come to school and learn!!!! It was a welcoming and everyone helped each other out. Also everything here is hands-on.”

What is your favorite CPAVTS memory?

“Going to SkillsUSA competitions for CNC Tech.”

Program Spotlight- Automation, Robotics and Electronics

Student Spotlightprogram spotlight- april 2019

Summarize what you learn in your program in one sentence.

“We learn the basics of mechanical and electrical engineering.”


What is the hardest part of your program?

“Going back to home school when I could easily keep working here.”


What is the most fun part of your program?

“We have a robot, a hydraulic trainer, electrical circuits, and it is all very enjoyable.”


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

“I am building a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle), commonly known as a drone.”


What is your plan for after high school?

“I want to attend Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, and major in Electro-Mechanical Engineering.”



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

“Getting to fly our UAV.”



What are you the most proud of learning in your program?

“Troubleshooting basic electronics, this skill helped me with building my own solar panel cellphone charger.”




Explain a typical day in your program.

“Working with one of the three areas of our program: automation, hydraulics, robotics and electronics, both in theory learning and hands on practice.”


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

“Hands-on learning with the occasional lecture. Every Friday we are able to select a project to work on, an example would be the UAV.”


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?

“Mr. First is building an Iron Man suit, known as an exoskeleton, if you’re curious, come check it out!”


2019 OAC Dinner & Business Partner of the Year Recognition

On March 20, Cumberland Perry AVTS held its annual Occupational Advisory Committee dinner in which Representative Sheryl Delozier was a guest speaker, and also honored the 2018-2019 Business Partner of the Year:  Caretti Inc., of Camp Hill, PA. 

OAC members enjoy a dinner prepared by the CPAVTS Culinary program as a “Thank You” for their support throughout the year.  Members break into program groups, and discuss the school year events asking members for program improvement assessments. 

Representative Sheryl Delozier was a guest speaker for this year’s dinner.  She is currently serving her sixth, two year term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives of the 88th Legislative District, in Cumberland County. 

Caretti has been a supporter of the CPAVTS Masonry program for three years, offering time, materials, and manpower.  They have donated brick, block, stone, and live mortar which are essential materials for student education in the Masonry job industry.  Caretti is a partner with the Brick Layers Local 5, which is providing apprenticeship, job shadows, and cooperative education opportunities for Masonry students at Cumberland Perry AVTS. 

CPAVTS would like to thank OAC members for promoting the 22 career and technical programs that prepare students to be career and industry ready!

CPAVTS Home & Garden Show

The Home and Garden Show that Cumberland Perry participates in yearly, is not just for the carpenters and landscapers.  One-third of CPAVTS programs assist in this massive collaboration of exhibits. 

Carpentry students designed and built the structures based on photos.  The first structure was a 12x12 she shed with sliding doors, a loft, and hardwood floors.  The pergola and hanging bed project would accentuate the she shed tremendously.  The outdoor bar features 12 seats, in an octagonal shape, with a live edge counter top utilizing the wood mizer saw mill, accentuated with cabinets and a metal roof.  The 24x36 monitor barn structure, features 6 stalls with 6 hay shoots on the second floor.  It includes sliding barn doors and T 111 siding. 

Landscaping was an essential aspect of the show.  Students in Horticulture built a retaining wall by the hydroponics system that featured a cobblestone patio, with furniture that appeared campfire ready.  The she-shed was accompanied by a water fountain made from leaf casts.  Horticulture students also had an exclusive stand where customers could purchase plants and fresh cut flowers.  Students featured a make and take event for customers to take a cork and hollow it out to place an air plant inside.  Decorations were also displayed throughout the building area with repurposed skids and succulent plants.

Welding students assisted in the show, by fabricating braces for the outside bar using the plasma cam,  to design tractor cut outs, to correlate the roof and the bar seats.  The outdoor grill needed to have doors, a grilling area, and chimney cover which welding skillfully fabricated. The barn was in need of stall separators and window metal grids and the horticulture fountain needed brackets to hold the leaves all of which welding was able to assist with.   

Once welding fabricated the braces and conduit, auto collision students were ready with black paint!  Students painted 16 chairs and braces for the bar area along with all the braces needed for the wall supports in the outside bar area. 

Masonry students built a wood/charcoal grill out of brick, and a natural stone grill for the outside kitchen area that featured a granite top.  Students assisted with the outdoor kitchen and granite top.  Masonry students were able to construct their portion of the projects at CPAVTS and load them on trailers to take to the show.  Students also installed architectural stone on the she-shed.

Loading and unloading is a term used daily by the logistics students.  They stacked all the lumber on the trailers and secured it with steel bands on the trailers to be hauled to the show.  Students operate forklifts to load the sheds and various projects onto the trailer beds.  All the materials were loaded at the builder show, and then unloaded at CPAVTS at the end of the show. 

To set the ambience in the bar area Electrical Construction students had to wire the rustic wagon wheel lighting fixture.  Electrical students ran the temporary power to all the structures and exhibits at the show.  Conduit and switches were run to light the bar area, barn, and she-shed. 

HVAC students assisted all programs with muscle power and tasks.  Students aided on projects such as roofing, deliveries, tool retrieval, maneuvering, and collaborating team members with tasks.

Four CPAVTS students won the competition against another local CTC and 2 local construction companies for where they had only three hours to build three walls in a 4x6 structure with only a blue print.  There was one masonry student, one electrician student, and two carpentry students allowed per team in the three hour competition.  Team members had to complete three out of four walls which included electric, rafters, staircase, and a block foundation that had to be anchor bolted.  Winners received t-shirts and gift cards to various eateries and stores. 

These projects are bided on and when purchased, they are delivered and installed by the students.  All the profits are then used for scholarships or tool packages for seniors.  CPAVTS is proud of the hard work and determination their students’ exhibit for these collaboration projects.