Catching Up With…Ethan Rhodes-O’Brien, Class of ’15 and Joseph Kruba, Class of ‘18

alumni spot- May 2019Ethan and Joseph both came by CPAVTS to visit instructor, Mr. Fogleman in the Precision Machine Classroom. Needless to say, we wasted no amount of time asking them to fill out our Alumni questionnaire.

 

Describe the company or industry in which you currently work.

“I started working for the railroad machining industry after high school, at a company called Amsted Rail. I am currently pursing my bachelor’s degree at Central Penn College.”-Ethan

“I work for Ames Industries, a plastic injection molding company.”- Joseph

 

What is your job title and what do you do?

“I was a CNC Operator at Amsted Rail. I operated machines that made parts for rail car coupler cushioning units.”

“Toolmaker- I make and condition injection molds.”

 

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

“I am currently pursing higher education at the Pennsylvania College of Technology. I believe I was well prepared by CPAVTS.”

“I am learning the trade of a toolmaker via an apprenticeship. CPAVTS prepared me for this by learning the basics.”

 

How was Cumberland Perry different than your regular high school?

“Cumberland Perry was a more hands on learning environment. It allowed me the opportunity to learn a useful skill.”

“I was able to choose the trade I wanted to learn and the work was hands-on.”

 

How has your industry changed since you time at Cumberland Perry?

“There is more emphasis on automation, learn mfg., integration of additive mfg. technologies.”

“Technology continues to improve as well as the need for people to learn the new tech.”

What is your favorite CPAVTS memory?

“Graduating and feeling a sense of accomplishment.”

“When I was able to finish my NIMS part in time for it to count for graduation.”

Cooperative Education Spotlight- Melissa Pasquel

coop spotlight- april 2019

Melissa Pasquel, a senior from Mechanicsburg High School, has always known she wanted to do something with little kids when she grew up. So, during her 9th grade year, she filled out an application to attend Cumberland Perry AVTS, with hopes of landing one of the vacancies in the Early Childhood Education program. That spring, she received an acceptance letter and her career plan was on its way. After two successful and fun years in the program, a representative from The Children’s Center in Camp Hill, while assisting with the NOCTI testing, took notice of Melissa and her passion for little children. Melissa was soon offered a summer position with The Children’s Center. While working as a teacher’s assistant, she utilizes many of the skills that she learned the last 2 years. Planning and conducting daily activities, preparing educational materials, observe, record and report behaviors, and developing individual plans to meet needs of children are just some of those daily functions performed while working.   By the end of the summer, Melissa and her employer didn’t want to part ways, so the position rolled into a Cooperative Education experience. Now, 4 days a week, Melissa leaves Mechanicsburg HS and reports to work and puts her skillset to good use. Melissa plans to stay on board until the fall, when she plans to attend Toccoa Falls College in Georgia and study Early Childhood Education with a minor in Music. Her career pathway is headed in the right direction.

Middle School Summer Camps

Registration Link for Middle School Summer Camp

 

CPAVTS is excited to host various Middle School camps this June. Students that will be in grades 6-8 for the 2019-2020 school year are invited to attend.   Each camp will cost $35 for a Monday thru Thursday 8:30 am-11:30 am and each camper will receive a t-shirt.  

June 10-13 Camp Offerings 8:30 am-11:30 am (choose one)

Sawdust to Shingles:  Creative Carpentry Camp will touch base on a variety of basic building skills to produce and exciting week for future builders.  We will work together to produce a project the students will be proud of.  Closed toe work shoes, long pants, and a positive attitude are required.  Filled-Registration is closed

Camp Greenhorn:  Campers will be learning the basics of Mig welding and metal bending.  Campers should wear closed toe shoes (preferably ankle high boots due to sparks from welding), old jeans, and sweatshirt that can get dirty. Filled-Registration is closed

Daytime Detectives:  Join us for fun, friend, and crime solving as campers learn what it takes to be a successful detective.  Campers will learn basic investigative skills, use police equipment, and will work together to solve crimes.  Campers should come ready to work as a team, and get outside their comfort zone and put their reasoning skills to the test.  Attire should include a hat, t-shirt, pants, and sneakers.  Activities will be inside and outside so dress appropriately.  Filled-Registration is closed

Super Hot, Super Chillin' HVAC:  Campers will solder, braze, and work with PVC and pipe.  Campers will also learn basic electric wiring and also check the operation of air conditioning and heating units.  Campers should wear long cotton pants, closed toe shoes, and refrain from exposed jewelry. Filled-Registration is closed 

Behind the Chair Cosmetology Camp:  Camp will consist of learning hands on curling iron, French twists, highlighting, and manicure techniques.  Campers will also learn basic hair theory.  Campers should wear long pants, rubber shoes, and a short sleeve shirt.  Please do not wear tank tops or shorts.  Filled-Registration is closed

Plant your Future:   Campers will be connecting with nature by exploring the plant world and opportunities it has to offer.  Campers will experience fun hands-on activities indoors and outdoors.  Please wear closed toe shoes, t-shirt, and jeans that can get dirty.

Forklifts R' US:  Discover what goes on inside a warehouse and distribution center.  campers get hands-on training on pallet stacking and wrapping, RFID scanners, and forklift operations.  Please wear closed toe shoes.  

ECE Works for Me:  Campers will learn games, songs, and tricks of the trade when working with pre-school children.  Campers should wear t-shirts, jeans without holes, or shorts below your fingertips.  

Hanging with the Health OCC:  Campers will learn various skills in the field of Dental and Nursing as well as health and wellness tips and techniques.  Campers will have Dental camp for 2 days and Nursing camp the other 2 days.  Campers are encouraged to wear sneakers, pants, and a t-shirt. 

June 17-20 Camp Offerings 8:30 am-11:30 am (choose one)

Flip the Switch to Summertime:  During this exciting week of discovery, students will learn about how electricity behaves, what it actually is and how to wire common electrical circuits.  Campers should wear jeans or khakis, work boots or closed toe shoes.  Safety glasses and tools will be provided.  Filled-Registration is closed

Camp Horsepower:  Campers will learn about automotive engines, systems, and electronics.  Campers should wear jeans, closed toe shoes, and attire ready for grease.  Filled-Registration is closed

Hanging with the Health OCC:  Campers will learn various skills in the field of Dental and Nursing as well as health and wellness tips and techniques.  Campers will have Dental camp for 2 days and Nursing camp the other 2 days.  Campers are encouraged to wear sneakers, pants, and a t-shirt.  

Behind the Chair Cosmetology Camp:  Camp will consist of learning hands on curling iron, French twists, highlighting, and manicure techniques.  Campers will also learn basic hair theory.  Campers should wear long pants, rubber shoes, and a short sleeve shirt.  Please do not wear tank tops or shorts.  Filled-Registration is closed

April 2019- Rotary Students of the Month

SOM- April 2019 Rotary Students

Max Hughes is a Red Land High School student in the Automotive Technology Program. He is currently employed with both Freysinger Mazda and Journey’s. He is a member of Rocket Club (Red Land) and made the Honor Roll (CPAVTS). He plans to attend the Pennsylvania College of Technology to student Automotive Technology and Management.

Jessica Ramos is a West Perry High School student in the Cosmetology Program. She participates in various extracurricular activities, such as, Cheerleading, Varsity Club, Field Hockey and Softball at West Perry. She is a member of SkillsUSA (CPAVTS) and is currently employed by Hickory Ridge Restaurant and Holiday Bronze. She was named Student of the Quarter and made Honor Roll at CPAVTS. Upon graduating, she plans to attend Shippensburg University to study Early Education.

Brandon Myers is at student in the new Automation, Robotics and Electronics program from Red Land High School. He is part of the Band and participates in Football and MiniThon at Red Land. When his isn’t busy working as an employee at Walmart, he enjoys playing guitar, powerlifting and working on electronics. He made Honor Roll and was named Student of the Quarter (CPAVTS). When he graduates he plans to attend Thaddeus Stevens to study Electro-Mechanical Technology.

Catching Up With...Tyler Ruoss, Class of '18

alumni spotlight- april 2019Tyler just graduated from CPAVTS program, Precision Machine Technology last year, and he is already make strides in the world of machining. Here is just a little of what he shared with us. 

Describe the company or industry in which you currently work.

“I work for USA Spares, we make parts for the government.”

What is your job title and what do you do?

“Apprentice. I run a CNC Lathe.”

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

“I have only worked with USA Spares since graduating from CPAVTS.”

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

“Apprenticeship at Manufacturers Association. CPAVTS taught me tons and I got to skip classes because I was already ahead in my training.”

How was Cumberland Perry different than your regular high school?

“I wanted to come to school and learn!!!! It was a welcoming and everyone helped each other out. Also everything here is hands-on.”

What is your favorite CPAVTS memory?

“Going to SkillsUSA competitions for CNC Tech.”