Program Spotlight-Criminal Justice
Teacher Spotlight- Stephen Shannon
Programs and Instructors at CPAVTS are ever changing… and on the note, we decided it was time to revisit the Criminal Justice program and see what changes have come about since new Instructor, Mr. Shannon showed up in the picture.
What is the most significant new or different aspect to your program this year?
“We have added an emphasis on health and wellness in the form of a physical fitness program. When our students leave the program, we want them, at a minimum, to be able to successfully complete entry level physical fitness tests at Pennsylvania police academies.”
What are some of the more common career pathways your students take when they leave CPAVTS?
“Traditionally the most common career pathways for our student is in the area of law enforcement, corrections, and service in the military. HOWEVER, I am excited that there are currently such diverse interests amongst student in the program. The Criminal Justice program does not just target students who want to be in law enforcement…in addition to law enforcement, career paths that our current students are interested in pursuing include border patrol, firefighting and fire investigation, animal control, forensics, psychology, drug enforcement, mental health work, nursing, coroner’s office, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and behavior analysts, just to name a few.”
What particular training/unit do employers seek that helps students get their foot in the door?
“Just to list a few: Critical thinking, ability to reason and show good judgement under pressure, integrity, maturity, strong communication skills, strong writing skills, cultural diversity, and strong academics. Our program is different from the other CTE programs in that it focuses entirely on human services. Students must have strong interpersonal skills, be able to relate to diverse groups, be willing to step out of their comfort zone, and most importantly, be servant-leaders.”
What is some of the recent technology and/or trends in the profession, with which students become familiar?
“Increased cybercrime and resulting investigations increase from these types of crimes. Public scrutiny under which offers will be judged, increasing by being video recorded on the job. Body cameras are a valuable tool for public safety officers to increase transparency with the community.”
What unit/topic do student struggle with the most in your program and why do you think that is?
“There are a few areas…Students love being active, so any block of instruction that keeps them in their seat too long can be a struggle. Aside from the technical skills we teach (handcuffing, fingerprinting, crime scene processing), we also emphasize pressure-filled role-playing scenarios that put student’s decision-making and judgement skills to the test.”
Explain a typical day in your program.
“We spend a portion of our day focusing on theoretical concepts, including criminal procedure, criminal law, use of force, police concepts, and report-writing. We balance theoretical work with practical, hands-on work that helps student apply the theory work. Student step into the role of first responders through role-playing activities, making various decisions regarding traffic stops, arrests, searches and other common public safety encounters.”
“A significant part of the day includes service to CPAVTS, in the form of patrolling the campus, coordinating an identification badge system for our staff and students, coordinating our Annual Safety Day Event, providing escorts during special events and having operation responsibilities during our evacuation drills/emergencies.”
What advice would you give student who have completed your program?
“The best public servants are those whose strongest skills include the ability to communicate and make integrity-based judgement calls under pressure. I tell my students-become a strong active listener, work to be sensitive to the needs of others, to the point that you’d be willing to put your live on the line for them, pursue disciplines of higher learning that focus on understanding the human mind, developing excellent writing skills, and work on your ability to communicate with all diverse groups of individuals.”
How many years have you been at CPAVTS?
“I will have completed one year at CPAVTS on November 2, 2018.”
What is your experience before coming to CPAVTS?
“12 years as a Police Officer with Washington Township Police Department (Waynesboro, PA). Part of my duties, aside from general patrol assignments, included work as a Field Training Officer. I did that as a part of the department’s Accident Investigation Team, special assignments to a U.S. Marshals Task Force, and as a member of the South-Central Counter Terrorism Task Force. Prior to being a Police Officer, I was a Truancy Caseworker with Franklin County Children and Youth Services (Chambersburg, PA)”.
Student Spotlight- Clayton (CV, Class of ’19)
Summarize what you learn in your program in one sentence.
“We learn the basics for every aspect of the criminal justice system, from interpersonal professionalism to intrapersonal confidence and knowledge.”
What is the hardest part of your program?
“The hardest part of our program is deciding afterward what part of it you believe you belong to, or are best-suited to do, and how you can use the knowledge of that part to better serve the communities it involves.”
What is the most fun part of your program?
“The most fun part of the program is taking what we learned from it and applying it to our professional lives and using it to teach and improve the future law.”
What is some recent technology you are learning to use in your program that is specific to your profession?
“We are very lucky to be able to train with a wide variety of technologies. This year we were introduced to body cameras. We learn the importance of them, how they are protected from public scrutiny, and how to use them. Today, police are under immense pressure from the public, and the body cameras allow law enforcement an ability to justify their actions.”
What is your plan for after high school?
“My plan is to hopefully gain admission to a college through the NROTC scholarship. After college, I hope to also be offered a commission from the Marines to serve as an officer. I began to explore this opportunity after the Marines came into my shop to show us what the Marine Corp has to offer. This program built a lot of personal skills that make me feel that I am qualified for such a position of responsibility.”
What is going to be the highlight of the year in your program?
“The highlight of the year in my opinion, is going to be each Friday’s physical training, where the entire class comes together and learns competitiveness, leadership, and teamwork. It will also prepare us for the physical and mental demands of a career in law enforcement.”
What are you the most proud of learning in your program?
“I am proud to learn the correct way of being a law enforcement agent while also training with the same tools and technologies authorities work with today.”
Explain a typical day in your program.
“A typical day begins with an instructional period pertaining to the chapter, lesson, or tool we are learning about or using. We then have a period for the seniors to student, go over administrative things, plan for events, and go over senior curriculum.”
How is your program at CPAVTS different from other classes you have had in the past?
“This program is different from any other class sending schools offer. Here we are taught career focused curriculum. We train in practical situations, we all work together as a team, and we have the same vision of being a public servant in some aspect of law enforcement or government. In this program and school, the staff have the complete focus of each student’s success, needs and aspirations. Students not only develop a professional relationship with their peers, but also with their instructors and other members of staff.”
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?
“Advice for level one students is to stick with your program and make the most of it, because the times goes so fast. For students considering enrolling, you should be proud of yourself for taking the first steps in building a solid foundation for your future, and know that taking the steps towards a program like this puts you far ahead of your peers. CPAVTS also offers a lot more than just a career focused program, it also allows you to establish a lot of new friendships, industry certifications, personal skills, and opportunities in further education and employment.”
Catching Up With...George Trout, Class of '75
George Trout is a graduate of Redland High School and what was once Machine Shop, and is now Precision Machine Technology. George still supports CPAVTS and imparts wisdom to our future students as a member of PMT’s Occupational Advisory Committee. He was gracious enough to share that wisdom with our readers as well. Here is just a small portion of his expertise in the PMT industry.
Describe the company or industry in which you currently work.
“I currently work for the TE Connectivity (formally TYCO Electronics and AMP Incorporated) and manage the Product Development Center. We are the largest connector company in the world and employ 78,000 employees, working in 150 countries worldwide. In my area we make prototypes of new products for costumers. This can be samples for customers to look at or put directly into testing. All the products we make must be completed to a high degree of accuracy, at a very quick pace, in order to get them to our customers before our competitors. This is important to insuring we can win a new business opportunity with each new product.”
What is your job title and what do you do?
“My current title is Manager of Operations. I manage the day-to-day running of our Product Development Center with my three supervisors, and 21 employees. I am involved with expediting jobs for our many engineering customers around the globe, outside procurement of tools, keeping our many pieces of equipment operational, and making sure I am on track to meet budget, as well as training for my associates. I attend engineering meetings to make recommendations for improvements to their designs to make them more manufactural.
I have various other duties within the building where I work, such as environmental, health, safety, emergency management programs and compliance with State and Federal regulations. I started as a Model Maker Trainee, I was then promoted to Model Maker B, Model Maker A, Project Model Maker, which is where I led teams of other model makers on larger projects. At one point I was a Manufacturing Engineer and then an Engineering Supervisor, and now I am the manager of the shop where I started.”
What other employment have you had related to your program areas at CPAVTS?
“While I was attending Williamsport Area Community College, I worked at a local shop during the summers and semester breaks. This experience helped me to gain additional hands-on experience and knowledge.”
What additional education and training did you receive after leaving CPAVTS?
“After CPAVTS, I attended Williamsport Area Community College (now Penn College of Technology) for an Associate Degree in Toolmaking Technology. With my experience from CPAVTS I was able to pass an advanced placement test in the Toolmaking Technology curriculum, which enabled me to bypass the first two semesters and go directly into my third semester. To fill the extra time, I enrolled in the Die Design class, which has really helped me in my career over the years.
At that point in time I had originally only wanted to take the “shop” portion of the curriculum and not take all the other classes like English, Physics, Metallurgy, etc. …but to get the Associates Degree, these courses had to be taken. I am so glad that I took everything now! As a manager I use most of these skills in one way or another, and I feel that I would not have been promoted over the years without taking all the extra classes.”
How was Cumberland Perry different than your regular high school?
“I was in the “general” classes at my high school. I feel that if I didn’t have the opportunity to go to CPAVTS, I would not have had a chance to be involved in the creative and rewarding career that I am in today. I have been at the same company for over 41 years and I have never had a “boring” day.
There is always something new coming to us from engineering, and we take on the challenge to figure out a way to make it into a real product. I feel that I owe a huge portion of my success to CPAVTS for giving me a solid background in this field. There have also been a lot of great people since then who saw potential in me. I saw students at college who were only there to put in the time and not really take something real away from that experience. I wanted something more, and I tried to apply myself in every way I could to take as much from my learning experiences as I could. My belief over the years continues to be, “You will only get out of it, what you put into it”.
How has your industry changed since your time at Cumberland Perry?
“This industry (Machining) has NEVER stopped changing. In 1975 most of the equipment at CPAVTS was manually operated as was also the case in industry. Today if you don’t have CNC equipment running you are way behind the curve of industry. We have a lot of CNC equipment where I work, and I am always looking for the next generation of machines that will enable our work to run faster and more productive. What has really changed is that parents today do not encourage their kids to get into this field. If you really love to work with your hands and are mechanically inclined, this could be a great, well-paying career for you! There are many opportunities out here in the industry for you now. Most tooling shops that I know of are struggling to find entry level people who have good basic knowledge of machining.”
What is your favorite CPAVTS memory?
“The students in our class were great when I was at CPAVTS. Looking back, I feel the best thing now is seeing some of my classmates from time-to-time, working with others who graduated from CPAVTS, and talking about the good times we had together. Some of us graduates are on the Occupational Advisory Committee and have the opportunity to work with the current PMT Instructor, Mr. Fogleman, and other faculty to keep advancing the Precision Machine Technology program.”
Did you know that CPAVTS has a Preschool.....
CPAVTS Preschool Program
Early Childhood Education is a three year program offered to Cumberland Perry AVTS students in 9-12 grade. CPAVTS preschool offers an AM and a PM session, part time, preschool program for children 3-5 years of age. Children attend preschool Tuesday through Thursday from 8:30-10:40 a.m. and then 12:30-2:30 p.m.
CPAVTS 9-12 grade students discuss and prepare themed lessons to teach the preschool students. They prepare “circle time” for the day, which is learning the days of the week and weather. Following circle time, there is a group activity or craft to correspond with the theme, followed by playtime either outside or inside weather permitting. Snack time is always a favorite part of the day! Songs and story time finish up a busy day in the preschool room. They also enjoy having fun holiday parties, school wide trick or treating, and parent participation days, including an end of year graduation ceremony.
CPAVTS students learn the importance of patience working with children. Each child has their own personality and Early Childhood Education teaches the students to be adaptable, organized, and team players. They enjoy watching the preschoolers grow from year to year. Seniors in Early Childhood Education at CPAVTS would like to pursue post-secondary options such as Elementary Education Teacher, Special Needs Teacher, Social Worker, and more specifically Kindergarten Teacher in the Elementary setting.
"Loading Up" on Certifications
Logistics and Warehouse Management is a prosperous industry. Cumberland Perry AVTS is preparing its students with the proper certifications to be a first class pick of employers in this job market. For the 2018-2019 school year, two new certifications are being offered to students in this program area.
The first is a Certified Logistics Associate certification that is being offered to level two students in the second semester. This is self-paced computer based credential for students that is used by material handlers across all supply chains. Course modules include topics such as global supply chain, material handling equipment, quality control, work place communication, teamwork, computer usage, and problem solving. With this certification, entry level salaries range from $26,000-$48,000.
NSC Lift Truck Operator is a certification also being offered. Every Logistics student in year one at Cumberland Perry AVTS may take this two week course in the first semester. This is a crucial job skill to have in the logistics industry. Students will learn operating principles, safety inspection, worksite inspection, trailer loading, and safe forklift driving.
OSHA 10 General Industry certification is offered to the logistics students as well. It is a ten hour course that introduces occupational safety while teaching employees to detect preventable work hazards. This course outlines flammable liquids and gasses, electrical hazards, chemical hazards, and basic elements of safety and health.
Cumberland Perry AVTS is empowering their students with credentials necessary to be successful in the Logistics and Warehouse Industry.
Cooperative Education Spotlight- Jordan Sipe
Jordan Sipe, a senior from Northern York High School, leaves school every day at 11:00 and heads to work at Lower Allen Township. As part of the Cooperative Education program, he is capping off his vocational education with some valuable hands on training. After 2 years of Automotive Technology classroom and shop floor training at CPAVTS, the transition to the world of work has been a smooth one for Jordan. Each day brings a new adventure for him at the township maintenance building. Township police cars, dump trucks, leaf blows, street sweepers, snow blowers, to mention a few, are all part of Jordan’s responsibility to keep up and running. Engine diagnostics, overheating issues, electrical problems, vacuum leaks, brake replacements are all part of the daily task list. Jordan states that he loves the wide variety of jobs he performs and it keeps every day exciting. With his mechanical aptitude and personal drive, Jordan’s success doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone!