Deputy Secretary of DLI visits CPAVTS

Wolf Administration Visits Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School, Highlighting PAsmart Proposal to Ensure Students are Work-Ready


Mechanicsburg, PA – Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development Eileen Cipriani today visited the Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School (AVTS) and highlighted Governor Tom Wolf’s PAsmart proposal to boost opportunities for career and technical education (CTE) and prepare students and workers to get good family-sustaining jobs.   

“Promoting CTE programs like these at Cumberland Perry AVTS ensures that we have a job-ready workforce to meet local employers’ needs,” said Cipriani. “The school works closely with local businesses to align curricula, college credit, and industry certifications to ensure that students are prepared with the necessary skills to either obtain a job upon graduation, or move smoothly into the next phase of their education.” 

 Deputy Secretary Cipriani toured some of the school’s job training programs, including the Precision Machine Technology, Horticulture, and Automotive Technology program labs.   During the tour, Cipriani visited with students working in the labs, and had the opportunity to talk with both students and instructors about how the school works to provide a seamless transition between high school, career or college.

 Staff at Cumberland Perry AVTS work closely with local businesses to develop curriculum that provides industry-relevant skills for students, and to provide students opportunities to engage with local employers. Deputy Secretary Cipriani also attended the school’s annual career fair for high school seniors that included more than 50 companies, industry partners and employers looking for new talent.  

“Cumberland Perry AVTS provides area high school students with the best deal in public education,” said school principal Dr. Lesli Shuman. “Our students spend three years in a technical program and graduate with technical skills, industry certifications, work experience, and college credits which places them ahead of their peers. Many of our students leave Cumberland Perry AVTS with full-time employment and benefits, or a semester’s worth of college credits. We are the solution to the workforce gap, and the spring board to post-secondary education and countless career pathways.”


Cooperative Education Spotlight- Fidel Hernandez

Coop spotlight- april 2018

A year and a half ago, Fidel Hernandez bought a tool belt and some basic hand tools after receiving an acceptance letter to attend Cumberland Perry AVTS. Today, he puts those tools to good use thanks to the real world training he obtained from the Carpentry program. Fidel, a senior from Upper Adams School District, is currently participating in the Cooperative Education program at CPAVTS. Each day, he leaves Upper Adams around 11 o’clock and reports to work for the rest of the day. His employer, CB Construction Services, Inc. in Dillsburg, has partnered with CPAVTS to cap off Fidel’s vocational education. The transition to the workforce was an easy one for him thanks to his hard work, dedication, willingness to learn, and attention to detail. Building walls, hanging drywall, working concrete slabs, installation of doors and windows, and wood blocking are various tasks that Fidel performs on a daily basis. He loves the fact that he gets paid to do something enjoys, sometimes at a prevailing wage rate. As a senior on the cusp of graduation, Fidel is well on his way to his career goal. His employer has stated they will employ a cooperative education student like Fidel every year moving forward. He will no doubt be successful in all future endeavors.

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.”

Student Spotlightprogram spotlight- april 2018

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.”

Car Show- May 5, 2018


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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