Our usual plethora of visitors to CPAVTS was virtually non-existent this year, due to COVID concerns and safety measures. In light of that we missed out on the opportunities we usually have, to interview previous CPAVTS graduates that come in to visit, guest speak, and even interview current students for possible employment! Fortunately the spring brought “new life” to the building. Students returned to four days of in-person instruction in April, and with that meant a few visitors could also return.

John Bingaman, Class of 2011, a graduate of East Pennsboro, and the CPAVTS Carpentry program, was one such visitor.  We were thrilled to hear a few words from him about his experiences working in the trades since leaving Votech. Here is what he shared with us.


Describe the company or industry in which you currently work.

“I currently own 49% of B. S. Smith Homes. We build houses and do all the excavation work.”


What is your job title and what do you do?

“I’m the C.O.O. of the company. I run all sites and excavation.”


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

“I did some bridge building.”


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

“Besides my training from CPAVTS, I did some additional equipment trainings with HB McClure.”


How was Cumberland Perry different than your regular high school?

“Just not being stuck in a classroom, it got me more energized, and out of my shell.”


What is your favorite CPAVTS memory?

“Receiving Craftsman of the Future Award, also the Showcase Home.”