Program Spotlight- Dental Assisting


Teacher Spotlight- Ms. Foland

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

“New sterilization center equipment. Hydrim Instrument washer, which can remove debris and disinfect instruments before sterilization. Class B sterilizer, which sterilizes instruments faster and newer technology that can help with better quality control to ensure better sterilization of instruments.”


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

“2-4 years of schooling for Dental Hygiene, continue on for expanded functions dental assistant (EFDA) certification, or go straight into working as a dental assistant.”


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

“Vocabulary and dental terminology. Head and neck anatomy can be challenging. The concepts and a lot of the memorization of information is difficult.”


Explain a typical day in your program.

“A typical day would start with a period of theory and then skills. Notes and vocabulary is usually every day. Each week we cover a chapter and at the conclusion of the week students test on the content. We do evaluation of the material 5-7 days.”


How many years have you been at CPAVTS and what was your experience before coming here?

“Nine years, I worked as an expanded functions dental assistant for 15 years. I was an instructor for HACC (Harrisburg Area Community College) and dental assistant lab/clinical instructor for eight years.”


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

“You should continue your education. This field is always changing and advancing. Be helpful and caring to your patients. They deserve your best.”

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Summarize what you learn in your program in one sentence.

“We learn a variety of things including, sterilization, disinfection, radiology and anatomy of the head and neck, just to name a few.”


What is the hardest part of your program?

“I would say the hardest part is memorizing the terminology and trying to perfect evaluations.”


What is the most fun part of your program?

“Learning new techniques that will prepare us for a future in the dental field, especially the hands on evaluations in the lab.”


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

“We just recently learned how to properly use Patterson Eagle Software, which allows us to record and document changes in oral conditions. We also have digital radiology, which allows us to display x-rays on the computer screen.”


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

“Learning how to mix dental materials.”


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

“We are proud to learn everything we are taught, because we know when we graduate we will be one step closer in a college setting, or prepared for an office setting.”


Explain a typical day in your program.

“My level attends Social Studies, and then when we return to our program we change into our scrubs, get our books and get ready to do lab work or our book work.”


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

“It is very different! Learning about the profession we want to major in feels much more beneficial and fulfilling. It will better prepare for a specific future goal.”

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 an amazing program for someone who is interested in the dental field. Whether you want to be a dentist, dental assistant, hygienist, or even a receptionist in a dental office! Enjoy your time here while it lasts, because it will be the best decision you could make for yourself in high school.”

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NOCTI Performance Day Information- Students and Parents


Greetings from Cumberland Perry AVTS.


On Friday, April 13th, we will be administering the NOCTI Performance Test to all seniors. The NOCTI Test is a program specific test, comprised of two parts – a multiple-choice Written Exam and a hands-on Performance Exam.


Listed below are the specifics for the one day Performance exam on April 13th:


  • Arrangements have been made with all our sending schools to keep All 10th and 11th grade students at their home school for Friday, April 13th. With the exception of three year completing juniors from Big Spring, West Shore, and Cumberland Valley and students who might be helping their instructors with NOCTI set-up.  
  • 12th grade students will spend either their normal half-day at CPAVTS or the entire day at CPAVTS, depending on the length of their NOCTI Exam.   A list of your seniors and their specific testing time have been sent to our sending schools.
  • Seniors testing in the half-day format will ride sending school district transportation to and from school as usual.
  • Seniors testing for the full day will eat lunch provided by CPAVTS and choose one of these transportation options:
    • Ride sending school district transportation to school and arrange their own transportation home (AM morning students).
    • Arrange transportation to CPAVTS and ride sending school district transportation home (PM afternoon students).
    • Obtain a one-day parking permit and drive to and from CPAVTS.         Students will be permitted to carpool only with parental permission.

                  (CPAVTS will secure all parental permission for all options.)

  • Sending Schools will contact their transportation and food service staff to inform them of these changes.
  • All seniors testing for the full day will remain at CPAVTS for our entire school day (8:00 am – 3:00 pm)


Albert Parrillo PhD, LPC, GCDF

Supervisor of Pupil Personnel Services

Cumberland Perry AVTS

April 2018- Rotary Students of the Month

SOM's April 2018

Jonathan Walker is an East Pennsboro High School student in the Computer Networking Program. He is a member of SkillsUSA and is currently employed at McDonalds. He has applied to Pittsburgh Technical College and the University of Pittsburgh. Once accepted, he plans to continue his vocational studies by majoring in Computer Engineering.

Lena Cox is a Northern York High School student in the Cosmetology Program. She participates in volleyball, basketball, and lacrosse at Northern York. Outside of school, Lena is an active member of her church’s youth group and even went on a mission’s trip to Honduras. She is currently employed at Dairy Queen. She has applied to Messiah College, where she plans to major in Spanish.

Kyle Nieves is a Camp Hill High School student in the Criminal Justice program. He is a student advisor for the Camp Hill Archery Club and President of the Camp Hill Gay/Straight Alliance Club. He is a former Operations Committee member for Camp Hill Mini-THON. He has applied to Shippensburg University, where he plans to major in Criminal Justice.

Catching Up With…Brianna Knipe, Class of ’17 and Jessica Zerance, Class of ‘95

The CPAVTS Nursing Program opens doors to a wide variety of career possibilities…even slightly unexpected ones! Brianna Knipe (pictured left) is a graduate, of Susquenita High Alumni Spotlight-April 2018School, and Jessica Zarence (pictured right), of West Perry High School. Both ladies completed studies at CPAVTS in the Nursing Assisting Program. We took this unique opportunity to get some perspective from a recent graduate compared to someone with more experience in the industry.

Here is what these ladies had to share with us:

Describe the Company or Industry in which you currently work.

“Stone Bridge Nursing Home.”- Brianna Knipe

“Private Dental office.”- Jessica Zarence


What is your job title and what do you do?

“My current job title is Dietary, and I serve the residents at Stone Bridge and help them eat.”- Brianna 

“I am currently a Dental Hygienist. When I went to CPAVTS for the Nursing program, your first year in the program was actually separated into thirds. You would study in each, of the then three, program areas related to the medical field: Nursing, Dental and Health Careers.”- Jessica


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

“I also worked at Kinkora Nursing home doing dietary, while going to CPAVTS.”

“I worked as a CNA for seven years and during college I worked for several nursing homes.”

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

“I am currently furthering my education in the field of Nursing at Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC). At this point I’ve only been doing pre-requisite classes, but I will start my major in the Fall of 2018. I do feel that CPAVTS prepared me for this field by making sure I learned medical terms and that I was already able to identify different parts of the body.”-Brianna

“B.S. in Health Policy Administration and an Associates in Dental Hygiene. I attended Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) and Penn Tech.”-Jessica


How was Cumberland Perry different than your regular high school?

“It prepared me for what I WANTED to study and allowed me to get the “hands-on” experience and training.”-Brianna

“I was able to learn by doing, instead of memorizing and test taking. I have always been more of a “hands-on” learner.”-Jessica


How had your industry changed since your time at Cumberland Perry?

“I haven’t been out of school long enough for anything to change yet.”-Brianna

“We are now able to give Anesthesia to patients for the doctors, and there are a lot of part time jobs in this field now.”-Jessica


What is your favorite CPAVTS memory?

“My favorite memories at CPAVTS were from my clinical and the safety day event.”-Brianna

“Mrs. Kublic was a strict teacher, but I learned so much from her. We had a girl cut her thumb off in class, so we had some real life emergencies. Mrs. Danner always told me I should have stayed in the Dental field instead of Nursing because I was a natural… turns out I should have listened to her.”-Jessica