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