Cooperative Education Spotlight- Faith DelliGatti

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Last year when Faith DelliGatti was a junior at Mechanicsburg High School, she knew she wanted a change. She was tired of learning in the traditional classroom which consisted of sitting behind a desk, taking notes, and then studying for tests. So that fall, Faith and her mother ventured out to Cumberland Perry AVTS’s open house to explore options for her senior year. Faith had a pretty good idea of the programs that suited her strengths before the visit. After meeting Malena Perry, Horticulture/Landscaping teacher, she knew without a doubt that is where she wanted to spend her senior year. As a first year student in a 3 year program, Faith has absorbed as much information as she can and has excelled at every task she have been given. Now, half-way through her senior year, she is gainfully employed by The JDK Group through the Cooperative Education program at CPAVTS. Starting out as an apprentice, each day is filled with a new adventure. Meeting with clients, writing formal wedding proposals, assisting with floral productions, laying out venue details, modifying Excel spreadsheets, and onsite installation for social events are all part of her daily functions. Upon graduation, she will be promoted to a “Specialist” which will encompass more responsibility and growth. Faith’s inner drive to be successful, paired with the guidance of Ms. Perry, has set Faith’s career pathway in the right direction.

Program Spotlight- Cosmetology

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Teacher Spotlight- Christine Franklin and Rachael Miller


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

“The purchase of a new makeup line.”- Mrs. Franklin


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

“Nail Technician, Cosmetologist or Makeup Artist.”

“Stylist or Nail Technician.”- Mrs. Miller


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

“Previous haircutting, color, etc. Class outside the curriculum.”

“Customer Service! One of the main skills that all students should be taught each year, employability skills.”


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

“Free-hand painting, vibrant colors, undercuts, are all recent trends.”

“Balayage- free hand painting to create dimension.”


What unit/topic do student struggle with the most in your program and why do you think that is?

“Anatomy- medical terminology is difficult and the words are long. Color- the science behind coloring is extremely difficult.”

“Anatomy- most students don’t anticipate needing to know the bones, muscles, nerves and blood vessels.”


Explain a typical day in your program.

“Level 1’s typically come into class and get changed, leave for social studies, come back, do theory and for the second 2 periods of their day, they are working on assigned tasks.”


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

“You may have to find more than on salon before it becomes home, stick with it, find a mentor in the salon, find the person who makes the most money in the salon and learn their habits, assist them and turn it into your own habits.”

“Fake it until you make it. Work won’t come to you. You need to market and establish yourself to build your book for more opportunities and advancement.”


How many years have you been at CPAVTS?

“I have been with CPAVTS for 11 years.”

“I have been working at CPAVTS for 11 years.”


What is your experience before coming to CPAVTS?

“I worked in a salon as management for 15 years.”


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Summarize what you learn in your program in one sentence.

“Communication is key.”

“Think on your own, and be creative, the sky is the limit.”

“Everything that has to do with hair, skin, and nails, including the anatomy.”

“The study of the science behind, and techniques having to do with hair, skin and nails.”


What is the hardest part of your program?

“Retaining all of the information.”

“Learning the bones, muscles and color theory.”

“The most difficult part of learning cosmetology, has to be the theory behind all the services we perform.”

“The hardest part, in my opinion, is having clients come in and practicing what we’ve learned on them.”


What is the most fun part of your program?

“Everything we do is fun! Some people are just better at certain techniques than others.”

“Lots of things, like being able to make people feel happy about themselves, seeing a difference in their appearance after you perform your service, and meeting new people, clients and coworkers. Also forming strong relationships.”


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

“New blow dryers, flat irons, curling irons and foils for color.”

“We started the theory part of electrotherapy, but not hands on.”

“We recently got a roller ball, which protect hair color.”

“Milady Pro- it is a website that helps us to prepare for our State Board Exam.”


spotlight c march 2019What is your plan for after high school?

“I plan to use what I learn here to work in a salon so I can pay to go to college.”

“I want to go to college to be an OBGYN, and work in a salon.”

“To work as a licensed cosmetologist in the salon that I already work in, Holiday Bronze.”

“Most likely something having to do with makeup and hairstyling.”



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

“Graduating, and passing my state board exam.”

“A celebrity hair stylist, Wayne Tuggle, coming in to visit our class!!!”

“It is hard to choose just one highlight, because there is always something new and interesting to learn.”

“Every day is a highlight for me. Just coming in here and knowing my day is going to be better because the people and the environment is just very positive and the teachers push you to achieve your goals.”


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

“Color formulating and techniques.”

“I am most proud of learning the theory and then putting that into practice for the hands-on.”

“I am most proud of learning how to do a Brazilian Blowout, which would be considered a high-end service in the salon.”

“Everything really, I am just happy that I was given the opportunity to be in this program.”

“I really enjoy that we learn a lot of scientific stuff along with hands on work, because understanding the science behind the service of what you are doing makes you think about it in a different way.”


Explain a typical day in your program.

“Walk in, get dressed, clock-in, get your work ready, go to theory, complete daily task, do job on job sheet, clean up and clock out.”

“Get changed and clocked in right away, because your hours count. Then read task on sheet, go to theory in the classroom and then practice the work on the shop floor.”


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

“We are held to a very high expectation, but there is also more freedom for creativity.”

“It is a useful skill for the rest of my life.”

“You aren’t learning a subject, you are learning cosmetology, a specific skill to perform certain tasks: haircuts, perms, colors, etc.”

“I am learning what I love, I am not sitting at a desk all day, I am up moving around learning a skill.”

“It doesn’t feel like a class where I have to learn it, I want to do this! It relates specifically to me, and what I want to learn and my specific goals for employment.”


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?

“It is so much fun, BUT…you must study, be motivated, be able to take criticism, and be willing to learn.”

“Make sure your attendance is near perfect in order to get you hours needed for your license, and take advantage of the opportunities you are given.”

“Your first year is hard, you will learn 90% of the information your first year and review it the next two years. Stick with it, it is a lot of new material, so pay attention.”

“Do not discouraged, LEVEL 1 is the hardest year! You aren’t just coming in to play with hair, it is hard work, but it will be worth it!”

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CPAVTS Welcomes Mr. Ash - Advertising Art & Design Instructor

New Instructor Spotlight – Joshua Ash, Advertising Art & Design Instructor

Mr. Joshua Ash was welcomed to Cumberland Perry AVTS in January 2019.  Mr. Ash has a degree in Graphic Arts from HACC and a Bachelor of Science for Business and Marketing from Central Penn College.  He is excited to bring his knowledge and experience to CPAVTS Advertising Art & Design program!  Here is what he shared regarding his new teaching position:


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

"I was the Creative Director at Central Penn College where I managed a Graphic Designer, recreated admission packets, developed signage, and also their merchandise line.”


What made you decide you wanted to teach?

“I always wanted to teach classes for Graphic Design, as teaching for me personally is much more rewarding than trying to meet critical deadlines.”


How has your first month been?

“My first month has been great here!  Students and faculty are nice and helpful.”


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

“I cannot wait for the real world projects.  I have many ideas such as developing swatch watch including the face, band, and box.  I would like to do a team project on creating a food truck, logo, menu, and the skin.”


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

“I want to build confidence in my students and self-worth.  Everyone is different and needs to embrace the foundations of success.”

Catching Up With...Madeline Gleason and Isabelle Lowe, Class of '16

Alumni Spot- March 2019Maddie Gleason and Isabelle Lowe came by their old stomping grounds at Cumberland Perry to enjoy breakfast at the CPAVTS Cumberland Café.

These ladies both ended up in the health care field after leaving CPAVTS, but food preparation is a part of patient care. 


Describe the company or industry in which you currently work.

“I currently work in healthcare at the County Meadows Retirement Community.”-Maddie

“I work in Medicare Insurance for Novita Solutions.”- Isabelle


What is your job title and what do you do?

“I am a Personal Care Associate, I provide personal care for the elderly patients/residents.”

“I am a Provider Service Advocate for Medicare.”


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

“I worked for a pizza shop.”

“Cooking on a daily basis, but I haven’t worked anywhere in industry.”


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

“I am currently enrolled in college and CPAVTS definitely prepared me.”-both


How was Cumberland Perry different than your regular high school?

“I felt CPAVTS was more student friendly, we were treated as “professionals” and the instruction was individualized for all students to become successful in a career they are interested in.”

“It was more laid back, and he work was hands-on.”


What is your favorite CPAVTS memory?

“2016 End of the Year Party, all outings we did as a class.”

“The Thanksgiving meal our program had every year.”