Clearance Guide for Employers


For more information contact:

Mr. Berkstresser
Cooperative Education Coordinator
Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School
(717) 697-0354 Ext. 109

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Cooperative Education


The Cooperative Education Program (Co-op) at Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School is designed to acquaint students with the world of work in their related programs and give them the work-based learning opportunities which cannot be duplicated in the classroom.


Students placed in the program enter at an entry-level position. The combination of job experience and a well-written training plan gives students opportunities for continual advancement in their chosen field.


Who’s eligible???


    • All seniors are eligible with a recommendation from their program instructor


  • Recommendations are based on skill, attitude, work ethic, and attendance


Guidelines for the Co-Op Program:


  1. The program instructor must recommend the student.

  2. The Cooperative Education Coordinator must interview the student.

  3. Each student under 18 years of age must obtain a transferable work permit.

  4. Training Agreement is explained to student and employer by the co-op coordinator.

  5. The employer and co-op coordinator will establish a Training Plan.

  6. All paperwork is signed by employer, student, parents/guardian and co-op coordinator.

  7. The employer will evaluate the student once a month.

  8. The student returns to Cumberland Perry AVTS for two monthly meetings.

  9. The co-op coordinator visits the training site once a month.

  10. Student cooperative education programs end on the date of graduation. Employers are encouraged to offer permanent employment.

    Benefits of Cooperative Education

    For the employer:


  • A cost effective method of evaluating the potential of future employees

  • An opportunity to bring the latest technical skills and techniques into the organization

  • A year-round supply of well-trained, highly motivated students who want to learn

  • Relief for permanent professionals during peak work periods

  • Develop a work force of young people who have employment skills

  • No recruitment costs, higher employee retention, and reduced training costs

  • Community recognition for being a partner in education

  • Develops good relationships between business and young people and their parents

    For the student:


  • Explore potential career interests

  • Develop professional work habits and improve human relations skills

  • Gain practical, on-the-job, career-related experience before graduation

  • Improve the chances of permanent employment

  • Defray the costs of education

  • Make more effective educational and career choices

  • Develop maturity and self confidence

  • Earn a wage in their desired occupation

  • Land that "first job" in the occupation desired as a career

    Cumberland Perry AVTS has 22 seniors currently enrolled in the Cooperative Education Program, while 61 took advantage of the program during the 2015-16 school year.


 Thank You to Our Co-Op Partners!


A.C. Rimmer, Inc.  Ace Fix-It Hardware of Dillsburg  AGI Fundraising 
Alert Pharmacy Services, Inc. Amber Jewel Glam Studio Salon  The Ames Companies, Inc. 
Anteil, Inc.  Appalachian Harley Davidson  ARCS Heating & Cooling, LLC 
Art Communication Systems, Inc.  Artistic Image Atlas Automotive Specialists 
BBEC B & B Custom Trim, Inc. Barrick & Stewart
B.C. Freeman Mechanical & Electrical, Inc. Bella Donnas Hair Studio Beshore & Koller, Inc.
Best Auto Sales and Service Black Landscape Contracting Blain Tire and Auto, Inc.
Blue Mountain Car Care Blue Mountain Blooms BMS Performance and Truck Repair
Brenner Chrysler Jeep Brenner Collision Brenner Nissan
Bruner's Service Center Bur-Lane, Inc. Capital Tool & Manufacturing Co., Inc.
Carlisle Carrier Corporation Carlisle Petroleum, Inc. Cauffman Construction
Central Penn Plumbing Services, Inc. Ceva Logistics Cheran, Inc.
C.K. Jones Cleveland Brothers-HY-Mac Colonial Builders & Developers, LLC
Cornerstone Custom Builders, Inc. Country Market Butcher Crickside Barns
Cropf Brothers, Inc. CRST Lincoln Sales, Inc. Cumberland Electronics
Cumberland Supply & Building Co. Cumberland Truck Equipment Co. Cumberland Valley Corporation
Cumberland Valley Motors Cummins Power Systems DaFlure
Daydream Salon & Spa DeRielle Cosmetology Academy Done Right Autoworks
Down East Fabrication Du Mor, Inc. Eagle Intermodal Services
ECI Construction Edwin L. Heim Company Elite Athletic Performance & Aquatic Center
Excel Expressions by Tanya Faulkner Subaru
Fine Line Autobody Fisher's Repair Five Star International
Fleet Repair Solutions Flight Systems, Inc. Fogle Masonry, Inc.
Freeland Tool & Machine Freightliner of Harrisburg Freysinger Auto of Perry County
G.A. Blumenschein & Sons G.A. Farlling's Garage Galbraith Pre-Design
GCD Construction Gettys Mechanical Contracting Giant Food Stores
The Goddard School of Enola Godshells' Custom Machining Groff Tractor & Equipment
GVM, Inc. H.B. McClure Hair Cottage
Hair Cuttery Henchcraft Racing Products, Inc. Hershocks, Inc.
Hilton Harrisburg Holiday Hair (Dillsburg, Newport, Mechanicsburg) The Home Depot
Hoover Bros. Hot Frog Print Media Howell's Hot Spotts
Hyper Racing Integra Print & Image James E. Swenson, Inc.
Jiffy Lube Jim Shenk's Autobody JMF Underground
J.W. Smith Autobody John's Mobile Repair John W. Gleim Jr., Inc.
Jones Plumbing, Inc. JST Corporation K & C Communications
Keen Transport Kenworth of PA Kevin Quirk Custom Graphics
KeyMed Partners Keystone Oil Products Kinsley Land Sculpting, Inc.
Kope and Sons Krehling Industries, Inc. Kiddie Academy of Silver Springs
Lawrence Chevrolet Leer Electric, Inc. Lehman Construction Services, Inc.
Lehman Volvo Legacy Truck Center, Inc. Liberator Performance, Inc.
Line X of Cumberland County Lobar Associates, Inc. The Market Place
Market Street Restaurant & Deli Marstellar Oil & Concrete Master Solutions, Inc.
Mauell Group Meineke Car Care Melhorn Builder, Inc.
Midas Middlesex Police Department Middle Spring Motors
Mirage Hair Design & Spa More than Tires Munchkin Meadow
Mr. Rehab Napoli Professional Landscaping Naval Inventory Control Point
Newberry Township Police Department N-Hance Wood Renewal Nicole Neichels Salon, LLC
Noble Auto Care Center Office Depot Old Dominion Freight Lines
Oven Industries PA Army National Guard Park Hurst Dining
Parvin Paving PC Parts, Inc. PennDOT (Cumberland Co. Office)
Pennsy Supply, Inc. Penske Truck Leasing Penske Truck Leasing (Carlisle)
Perry County Generations Plasterer Equipment Co., Inc. Power Component Systems
Pyramid Construction Services Pyrotek, Inc. R&W Equipment
React Regesters Heating & A/C, LLC Remco, Inc.
Riley Welding & Fabricating Ritner Steel, Inc. Robert H. Feaser Co., Inc.
Rohrer Bus Service R.T. Carey Trucking Ryder
Salon 4800 Schneider National Carriers Secco, Inc.
Service Tire Truck Centers Sheet Metal Specialist Shumakers Service, Inc.
Smith's Farm Equipment Smith's Garage The Spalon
Spirit Day Spa Staub Automotive Stephenson Equipment, Inc.
Stewart-Amos Steel, Inc. Sutliff Cadillac Sutliff Chevrolet
Tank Truck Outfitters Techtrol Cyclonetics, Inc. Tiday Homes, LLC
TNT Tractor N Trailer, Inc. Tooling Dynamics, LLC Trademark Classics
Tradesman Drywall Tranquility Trends Hair Salon
Tuckey Mechanical Services UCF Machine Shop Unisource Worldwide
USA Spares Valley Ag & Turf Valley Green Repair Services
  Veritiv Corporation