January 2018- Rotary Students of the Month

Jan. 2018 Rotary soms

William Bucher is a Susquenita High School student in the Electronics Technology Program and a member of the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) at CPAVTS. He is currently employed by the AMC Hampden 8 movie theater and participates in a bowling league. He has also made Student of the Quarter at CPAVTS; Student of the Month at Susquenita; and he is set for the honor of receiving the Tom Buskey Student Achievement Award. Upon graduation, William plans to attend the Pennsylvania College of Technology, majoring in Electronics Engineering.

Dhara Patel is a Cumberland Valley High School student in the Nursing Program. She is a member of the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) and Health Students of America (HOSA) at CPAVTS, as well as Key Club and UNICEF at Cumberland Valley. She has made Student of the Quarter and Honor Roll at CPAVTS. Currently, Dhara volunteers at Holy Spirit and Pinnacle Health Hospitals, and she has applied to Penn State Harrisburg, Temple, Drexel, and the University of Pittsburg-Greensburg, with plans to major in Biology.

Andrew Walker is a Big Spring High School student in the Masonry Program, and is a member of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and Skills USA at CPAVTS. He participates in the marching band, plays basketball, and has been in musicals at Big Spring. At CPAVTS, he has made Honor Roll and Student of the Quarter at CPAVTS. Following graduation, Andrew plans to attend the Pennsylvania College of Technology to study Business Management.

Cooperative Education Spotlight- Blayne Brymesser

Coop Spotlight- Dec. 2017

When Blayne Brymesser was in 9th grade, he knew he wanted to fix things when he grew up. He was accepted into the Diesel Technology program later that year and has never looked back; now two and a half years later, he is currently employed by John W Gleim Jr., Inc. through the Cooperative Education program at CPAVTS.  Blayne attends Cumberland Valley High School each morning and then reports to work at 11 AM.  Every day brings a new adventure with equipment repairs, preventive maintenance, welding fabrication, hydraulic hose repairs, and many more trade related tasks. The classroom setting and simulated work in the Diesel Tech program have provided the entry level skills necessary for Blayne to be successful on the job, and at the end of each work day, Blayne then returns to the family farm to once again put his vocational education to work. With his knowledge, skillset, and work ethic far superior to most 18 year olds, he is a welcome addition to the workforce.

The Online Application Process is Live--Apply Today!

 Today, virtually any task can be completed online—from reading to shopping—and the result is typically a more convenient experience. This is no less true for Cumberland Perry AVTS’s online application system, new this year. Under this new process, students and parents can track their progress through the application and can work with their school counselors more efficiently.

“We hope that it provides a better overall experience for students looking to apply to CPAVTS,” said Dr. Parrillo, Supervisor of Pupil Personnel Services.

We could write plenty about the benefits of this new application system—but don’t just take our word for it! Apply today and see for yourself!



New Teacher Spotlight - Stephen Shannon, Criminal Justice Instructor

The Criminal Justice program has gained a new instructor this year—Stephen Shannon, a long-time police officer looking to impart his knowledge on the next generation. He dove straight into work at CPAVTS, and has been enjoying every minute of it! Mr. Shannon took some time to talk about where he’s been and where he plans to go in his new career:


What did you do before coming to work at Cumberland Perry AVTS?

“I was a police officer for Washington Township Police Department for 12 years.”


What made you decide you wanted to teach?

“I come from a family of teachers, and I taught a little while I was at the police academy. I loved the feeling I had when someone who I was teaching got it, when it clicked and you could see the lightbulb go on and they knew what they had to do. I wanted to be an influence on the next generation of officers and teach them integrity, professionalism, and generally make them good public servants.”


How has your experience been so far?

“I’ve been overwhelmed with the amount of support I’ve received from teachers and staff in transitioning into this role. It’s been a good start. I’ve enjoyed the actual teaching, interacting with students, and I enjoy their enthusiasm. They’ve been energetic and invested in the program.”


What part of the curriculum are you looking most forward to teaching?

“Some of it I’ve already taught! I really enjoy the fingerprinting projects, because you can see the students learning since they have to work with physical fingerprints. I’m also looking forward to putting them into critical thinking situations where they have to make tough decisions—choices that affect someone’s freedom, or that could save someone’s life. I’m just looking forward to them getting into learning interpersonal skills and developing their critical thinking.”


What’s the most important thing you hope to impart on your students?

“Men and women in this field are desperately needed, but only to the extent that they can have integrity and be effective in their job. One of the things we’ve talked about [in class] is how our program is different since we work with people at the worst of times. I want them to be able to relate to people, whether it’s comforting someone experiencing loss or being firm with a suspect who is being uncooperative.”



Program Spotlight- Carpentry

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Teacher Spotlight- Mr. Snider & Mr. Anderson

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

“Adding sustainability practices and conservation to our program, and educating students on new practices and materials.”

“As for NEW, I’m still getting some 9th graders and more female students which is non-traditional for this program. We are also doing Penn College Now, which is college in high school.”


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

“Most of our students go directly into the workforce. Some choose to enter post-secondary education or go into the military. There are many opportunities in residential and commercial construction with very good wages and benefits.”

“Careers pathways students tend to take from this program are construction worker, carpenter, laborer, iron worker, steel erector, bridge worker, or post-secondary education.”


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

“Basic skills are a must, but you need to be committed to being at work every day, on time, follow directions and be able to pass a drug test.”

“OSHA 10, CPR/First Aid Training and Certification on the JLG equipment are all offered here, and help students.”


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

“Our newest technology is called a total station. This is a computerized measuring device used for laying out buildings or an entire development.”

 “The upperclassmen are starting to use a Total Station and they also have the opportunity to get their operator’s license for the JLG equipment.”


program spotlight- dec. 2017 image 2What unit/topic do students struggle with the most in your program and why do you think that is?

“It would probably be estimating, because of all of the math involved.”

“Math- it is taught so many different ways and students do not use it every day so they forget how to do it. Other than that I would say face-to-face communications, due to too many types of technology used on a daily basis. They don’t seem to be able to talk to someone unless they use a phone or other types of electronic devices.”


Explain a typical day in your program.

“We have an essential question, every day, related to the unit/topic we are covering. Then a short lesson/discussion on the E.Q., followed by “hands on” work in the shop to practice the tasks involved in the unit/topic.”

“A typical day would entail students coming in and changing into their uniform, answering the essential question, spending theory time to discuss, and then spending shop time working on projects. Then Social Studies for my students, and then back to the shop to continue working. Then they clean up and change because it’s time to head back to school in the morning or home in the afternoon.”



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

“Always give your best effort. There is no such thing as “can’t”, there is only “won’t”.”

“I would say they should continue to work hard to achieve goals they have set for themselves. Hard work has never killed anyone.”


How many years have you been at CPAVTS?

“I’ve been here 23 years.”

“I have been employed here for 7 years.”


What was your experience before coming to CPAVTS?

“Ten years teaching at a private school- Carpentry. Residential/Commercial Carpenter for two companies and then self-employed for 14 years including having my own business, while teaching at the private school.”

“I graduated from Southern Hunting County High School, I am currently taking classes through Penn State and HACC.  I worked in Commercial Construction for 13 years with Palmer Construction, and Frederick Concrete/Industrial Rebar. I did Residential Construction for six years with Foremost Industries, Brim Builders, and Allison Homes & Construction. I have done both sides of construction with all phases of building. I started as a laborer/carpenter and worked my way up to Assistant Superintendent in Commercial Construction.”


 Program Spotlight- Students

Summarize what you learn in your program in one sentence.

“Basic carpentry skills for every real world situation/job in construction.”

“You can learn how to build every part of a house.”

“You learn how to frame by codes.”

“I learned finish and rough carpentry from the bottom of the house to the top.”

“What I have learned in this program is to properly make blueprints.”

“It is important to measure twice, cut once.”

“We learn all about foundation, PA one call, blueprints and different power tools.”

“Following directions is very important.”


What is the hardest part of your program?

“Learning the math for the techniques.”

“Dying impact batteries.”

“The math that makes everything work together.”

“The hardest part for me is getting everything done on time and up to code.”

“Remembering all the different ways to lay out all the different types of rafters.”

“Drawing and understanding blueprints is the hardest part in my opinion.”

“The hardest part is getting projects down amongst distractions.”


What is the most fun part of your program?program spotlight dec 2017 image 3

“Getting to use the power tools.”

“Working in the shop, the builders show projects, and working alongside the instructors.”

“The most fun part to me is creating something. Taking raw materials and making something out of it.”

“Being able to go to the PA Home Builders Show 2018.”

“The most fun part in this program is doing something and seeing the finished product.”

“Building things and being out in the shop is the best part.”

“Real life projects and working with Mr. Anderson.”



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

“A transit- which is a level mainly used for surveying and building.”

“Computers for graphing and laying out houses.”

“For us as first years, I would say the circular saws and the miter saws.”


What is your plan for after high school?

“Continue schooling at Penn College for construction management.”

“I would maybe like to go to college for business, and then someday become a self-employed contractor.”

“My plan after high school is to get employed somewhere with a well-paying job.”

“I’m hoping to get a job offer from Lobar Commercial Construction and after a while go and work residential construction.”

“Go to college at Thaddeus Stevens.”

“I plan to do a four year internship at Kinsley Construction.”

“Go right into the job field and start working and making money.”

“My plan is to be able to work in a Carpentry Job, I already have a job lined-up with COR Construction and I’ll probably try to get other trade certifications.”


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

“I believe it will be the PA Home Builder’s Show project.” (This seems to be the most popular response!)

“Being able to come back and show off what I learned from my Co-op job.”

“It will either be the builders show or the projects.”


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

“Developing the skills to build anything out of wood.”

“Flooring is one of my biggest ones, but framing is fun because you get to see a house being built.”

“Building a building from the ground up and also learning how to do finishing work.”

“I am proud of learning how to lay out stairs.”


“Learning how to build a duck cope.”

“So far, I am proud of everything I am learning.”

“Learning how to draw a blueprint.”


Explain a typical day in your program.

“A typical day: 1) Timesheet  2) Talk about the essential question  3) Get tools and get to work.”

“Come into the shop and answer the EQ, then go to work on numerous projects on the shop floor.”

“ A typical day starts out with coming into class to do and EQ, followed by an assigned task/ongoing task and then getting out on the shop floor to complete that task.”

“A typical day right now is learning how to make new cuts.”

“We come into class, get changed and do our EQ, Mr. Anderson tells us what we will be working on and then we work.”


program spotlight dec 2017 image 4How is your program at CPAVTS different from other classes you have had in the past?

“Hands-on work that allows you to build physical and mental skills.”

“Carpentry allows to you apply what you learn. It’s hands-on. For example in math I can’t just do a physical thing that helps me understand what I just learned.”

“You have to directly apply what you learn through hands-on actions and you must put forth the effort to succeed.”

“This program will allow me to get a job/career right out of high school.”

“There is nothing you learn in this class, that you didn’t NEED to learn.”

“It is harder to work consistently hard, because the work is more demanding. It is nice to get out of a classroom routine, and work with your hands, doing what you like to do.”

“I think I enjoy it a lot more because the teachers are usually fun and the other students have the same passion as me.”


What advice would you give to a beginning Level 1 student or a student considering enrolling in the program?

“It is physical work and you need to be responsible.”

“Stay focused. Learn and retain as much information and skill as you can.”

“You need to have a good work ethic.”

“My only advice would be to stay on task and don’t goof off.”

“Don’t settle for being lazy! Try your hardest.”

“Pay attention. You need to want to be here, otherwise you’re just taking the spot of someone else who does want to be here.”

“Take pride in your work and work hard!”

“Make sure you try to have good attendance because it is very easy to fall behind.”

“Do everything Mr. Anderson tells you to do, and you will have a good time.”

“You have to be patient and try your best.”

“I would say it is fun, but it is still work! The class can be hard sometimes, so make sure you want to be here.”

“It’s not that hard…as long as you listen to your teacher and follow the rules. It’s a good program if you want to know the right way and the safe way to build a house or anything else.”