Catching Up With… Emily Gopear, Class of ’15 and David Long, Class of ‘11

Emily Gopear: Class of 2015 (Red Land High School,Culinary)Alumni Spotlight- Dec. 2017

Emily Gopear is a 2015 graduate of Red Land high school and CPAVTS’s Culinary Arts Program. She has continued working in the culinary industry since graduating and has continued her education in this area. Emily recently visited CPAVTS to work in the kitchen with current students and share some of her gained expertise from industry. She was gracious enough to give us an update.

Here is what she had to say:

Describe the company or industry in which you currently work.

“I currently work in Culinary Arts at the Hotel Hershey.”


What is your job title and what do you do?

“Full-time apprenticeship. I cook between the Hotel Hershey, Hershey Country Club and the Hershey Lodge.”


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

“The Hershey Hotel; a line cook at Harvest, Circular, and Trevi5; and a banquet cook."


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

“I went to the Culinary Institute of America and now I am completing the apprenticeship with Hershey.”


Alumni Spotlight- E. GopearDid you feel CPAVTS prepared you for this?

“Yes, CPAVTS did prepare me for this…I took everything I learned with me.”


How was Cumberland Perry different than your regular high school?

“I got to do something I love and had so much fun doing it!”


What is your favorite CPAVTS memory?

“Getting to compete in the Skills USA Competition.”




David Long: Class of 2011 (Cumberland Valley High School, Culinary)

David Long is a graduate of Cumberland Valley high school and CPAVTS’s Culinary Arts program. Since graduating, he has continued working in his field and recently he visited the classroom to demonstrate some of his cooking skills for current students. He was kind enough to grant us an interview to touch base about where his career has taken him so far.

Here’s what he had to say:

Describe the company or industry in which you currently work.Alumni Spotlight- D. Long

“I currently work at The Hotel Hershey.”


What is your job title and what do you do?

“I am the lead cook in Harvest, which means I work on the cooking line and manage others working with me.”


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

“I worked for Bricco of Harrisburg, which is a restaurant.”


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

“I went to Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC).”


Did you feel CPAVTS prepared you for this?

“CPAVTS definitely prepared me for the culinary industry.”


How was Cumberland Perry different from your regular high school?

“I was given the opportunity to see the industry first-hand, and was prepared for my career.”


How has your industry changed since your time at Cumberland Perry as far as equipment, technology, etc.

“I was introduced to many new types of equipment and techniques at HACC and The Hotel Hershey. There are all different types of tools used in culinary.”


What is your favorite CPAVTS memory?

“Learning new cooking methods and techniques. Hearing Chef McGrath tell stories about his career.”


Logistics & Warehousing: A Peek Inside the Industry

Last month, we learned about some of the amazing benefits CPAVTS students obtain when they graduate from the Logistics and Warehouse Management program. This month, we are presenting an inside look at an industry that is growing faster than employees can be hired.

A typical warehouse is large, ranging in size from 500,000 to 1.2 million square feet. Some warehouses (particularly those with conveyor systems) can be noisy, and every warehouse is equipped with overhead doors that are used to load and unload delivery trucks.

To keep a warehouse running efficiently, warehouse workers are held to high work standards. Speed and accuracy are the two most important skills needed in this type of job. An employee who can handle the day-to-day routine of shipping, receiving, picking, and packing orders with rapid precision are often rewarded for their hard work. In some warehouses, a single employee may complete anywhere from 800 to 1,000 orders in a single shift! Employees are responsible for the quality of their own work and often work with little to no supervision, letting the results of their work speak for them.

Warehouses are in constant operation, and a typical shift can be five 8-hour days, or four 10-hour days with new employees commonly working on a four-day weekend schedule. The work required of a warehouse employee is not easy. While there is regular use of various kinds of forklifts to move pallets around the building, lifting items weighing up to 75 pounds by hand is also a standard.

The work performed in a warehouse is difficult, but in exchange for that, anyone willing to put in a solid effort can earn a considerable amount of money. Students graduating from CPAVTS leave with the ability to operate the types of forklifts used in a warehouse setting, meaning they can earn about $36,000 per year straight out of high school!

This is only a small glimpse inside a rapidly-growing industry. For more information on the logistics trade and on the Logistics and Warehouse Management program at CPAVTS, visit:







Cooperative Education Spotlight- John Comp

coop spotlight- november 2017

Every morning before 7:00 AM, John Comp pulls into the parking lot at Morrison, Inc in Duncannon to start his school day. He is part of the Cooperative Education program at Cumberland Perry AVTS. As a senior from West Perry High School enrolled in the Diesel Technology program, he chose to cap off his vocational education with rigorous on the job training, and his daily routine varies from one day to the next. Well drilling rigs, skid loaders, excavators, service trucks, and backhoes are all part of his normal work week. Repairing brakes, replacing hydraulic lines, basic welding, and fundamentals of electrical systems are all skills John acquired during his first 2 years at CPAVTS that helped with the transition from school to work; when graduation rolls around in late May, most seniors will be on vacation, or looking for their first career or summer jobs. At the same time, John will be starting his second year of employment with Morrison, Inc. in what will be a long and successful career.

Finding Creative Ways to Solve Common Problems

Cumberland Perry AVTS’s goal for its students is that the skills they learn in their programs will serve them both on and off the job. Cumberland Valley student Nick Wagner is a fantastic example of this very sentiment with his recent contribution to the recent FFA State and National Competitions. Nick has worked on a dairy farm since he was young and now incorporates the skills he’s learned in the Welding program into his work; his employer’s wife introduced him to the organization and he’s been participating through Cumberland Valley High School ever since.

“I joined the competition because I figured it would help me learn and help my school,” said Nick. “The FFA did a science fair and I incorporated welding into mine.”

Nick entered the FFA Agriscience Fair with his stick welding project, which tested different amperages on different types of metal rods to assess which would be the ideal rod to use in the widest variety of situations. Just a couple weeks ago, he went to the national competition after his project was selected as a finalist at the state level.

Said Nick, “They chose 15 projects to compete nationally and mine was one of them. I don’t know the results yet, but I know I’m at least in the top 15!”

Nick is a fantastic example of a student working hard and taking the skills they’ve learned to the next level by finding new ways to solve real-world problems. CPAVTS is proud to have Nick as one of our students, and we can’t wait to see where the future will take him!




Program Spotlight- Graphic Communications

Teacher Spotlight- Mr. Atticks


What is the most significant new or different aspect to your program this year?program spotlight-november 2017

“Working with the Large Format Printer for banners, cling-ons etc.”


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

“Technology in our field has become more and more digital. Customers are requesting jobs with lower quantities and color. Students must review files and formats to complete this work.”


Explain a typical day in your program.

“Many times throughout the year, students have projects they are working on. This also provides teachable moments for the students.”


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

“Employers seek students who are detail-oriented and have good trouble-shooting skills.”


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

“There are many who go on to a two year trade school or begin work in an entry level position with small to large graphics shops.”


What unit/topic do students struggle with the most in your program? Why do you think that is?

“Measuring. I am not sure why, but if I had to take an educated guess, I’d say that they learn measuring early in school, but then don’t spend more time on it or practice it regularly.”


How many years have you been at CPAVTS? What was your experience before coming here to teach?

“Thirty years. I graduated from Dauphin County AVTS, and went to work for ITT Terryphone, in their in-house printing area. I then went to Innovative Ink to work in the quick print world. I learned how small businesses operate. Following my time there, I took a job at the Hummelstown Sun Newspaper, supervising the printing department.  Before coming to CPAVTS, I worked for the Democratic House of Representatives Printing Department.”


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

“They should always continue to learn. It is important, especially in our field with creative upgrades of software and machinery.”


Student Spotlight


Summarize what you learn in your program in one sentence.

“In my shop, I learn the ins and outs of digital and offset printing.”

“How to operate presses and use computer programs for design purposes.”

“We learn about graphic design, printing, and how to take care of customers.”


What is the hardest part of your program?


“The Folding Machine and the collating.”

“Measuring and math.”


What is the most fun part of your program?

“Designing digital files.”

“Working on and designing business cards.”


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

“I have been using Illustrator and IN Design, to create ads.”

“Working on a Two Color Ink Press.”

“The Industrial Laminator and the Vinyl Printer.”


What is your plan for after high school?

“Plan A- I would go to Thaddeus Stevens College, if I am accepted or Plan B- I would apply for a job in the printing industry.”

“Enter the workforce by getting a job at Hot Frog.”

“Apply and hopefully get accepted into the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design.”


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

“Working with the Wide Format Printer.”

 “I would like to design a banner and create a 3D object.”

“When we do our next lesson on Photography and Photoshop.”

“Making banners on the new machine.”


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

“That I am learning to perform a public service.”

“To finally be able to work well at operating a Press Machine.”

“Designing and making ads and business cards, especially the cards for my school.”


Explain a typical day in your program.

“Working with the press, working with copy center jobs and designing ads.”

“Design daily/weekly ads, assist others on projects, and help run print jobs at the Copy Center, for the entire school.”


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

“It is a more hands-on atmosphere. The tasks you perform create things.”

“You work hands-on and you manage projects on your own time.”

“Learning how to use the machinery is essential to working on the assignments/projects.”


What advice would you give to a beginning Level 1 student who is just starting the program or to a student who is considering enrollment?

“Don’t ever fall behind on your work. Deadlines matter.”

“I hope you are good with computers and machinery. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty.”

“There is always room for improvement.”

“Come with creativity and a basic understanding of math and measurement, because you will need both; be a hard worker.”



 spotlight- graphics november 2017

 Step-By-Step process one Graphic Communications student used, to create Invitation Cards for the Open House event this year.

By: Becky


“The first thing I did when designing the Open House Cards, was to look at the card from the previous year. I used it for reference. For continuity, I stuck with a similar design, while making quite a few revisions to make it my own.”


“When I had the card design and layout exactly how I wanted it, it was time to make copies. I used a Two Color Press using CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, blacK) ink colors to print.” (9000 Copies)


“After printing, it’s time to cut the copies, and then proceed to mailing where we place addresses on them. I used a Mailing Machine to stamp addresses on the cards. The cards were then mailed to all current students at CPAVTS, and all students potentially interested in attending CPAVTS in the next few years.”