Cooperative Education Spotlight- Hunter Szczypta
Hunter Szczypta is already at work and turning wrenches while most of his classmates are on their way to school each morning. Hunter, a senior from Big Spring High School and enrolled in the Automotive Technology program, is currently employed by Midas Auto Service in Carlisle. As part of the Cooperative Education program, he is capping off his vocational education with some valuable hands on training. When Hunter was in 9th grade, a family member and close friend recommended the Automotive Technology program as a good career path. Hunter enjoyed helping work on this family member’s race car in his spare time and applied for admission in hopes of enhancing this passion. Hunter was soon accepted and after 2 years of classroom and shop floor training at CPAVTS, he has made a smooth transition to the world of work. Each day brings new challenges and adventures to Hunter at Midas. Alignments, A/C service, electrical troubleshooting, mount and balance tires, and brake replacements are all part of the daily task list. Hunter states that he loves the wide variety of jobs he performs and it keeps every day exciting. He also cherishes the fact that he is getting a free education and getting paid when most young adults pay for this same training at the Post-Secondary level. With the mechanical aptitude and personal drive Hunter brings to the table, his pairing with Midas is sure to last well past graduation.
CPAVTS Culinary Catering @ Hershey Country Club
Cumberland Perry AVTS Culinary students were invited to cater an event many want to attend at the Hershey Country Club. Culinary students were requested to cook for 367 members of the American Culinary Federation, Police, and golfers. This 28th annual Golf Outing benefits the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association.
Cumberland Perry AVTS had 28 students prepare the menu for this special event. Four apprentice students from Hershey Entertainment, and four students from Lebanon County Career and Technology Center, also contributed culinary expertise. Students were able to collaborate with many top notch Hershey ACF Chefs, and perform in a state of the art commercial kitchen. All of the menu food items were donated and students applied their cooking techniques to a variety of ingredients that are unique.
Students were able to prepare menu items in advance, such as fabricating the New York strip steak for the dinner course. The lunch menu that consisted of chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage, and various salads was much easier than the dinner preparation of grilling a whopping 398 steaks. For the dinner menu, students set up a pasta station, cheese station, prepared green beans, corn, baked potatoes, fresh shucked oysters, fruit salad, and various cakes.
Students who participated in this event learned the true value of team work in a kitchen, on a specific time schedule, with guest satisfaction being the priority.
Program Spotlight- Logistics and Warehouse Management
Teacher Spotlight- Mr. Knouse
What is the most significant new or different aspect to your program this year?
“We are picking, packing, and shipping apparel orders for Goodwill Industries.”
What particular training/unit do employers seek that helps students get their foot in the door?
“Forklift Operator Training, and using barcode scanners.”
What is some of the recent technology and/or trends in the profession with which students become familiar?
“Barcode scanners, and warehouse management software.”
What unit/topic do students struggle with the most in your program? Why do you think that is?
“Inventory Management- students have to be 100% accurate when counting the stock/inventory.”
Explain a typical day in your program.
“We process UPS and Fed-Ex shipments. Picking, scanning, customer orders, loading and unloading trailers, and forklift training.”
How many years have you been at CPAVTS?
“This is my 18th year at CPAVTS.”
What is your experience before coming to CPAVTS?
“I was a warehouse manager of a large industrial supplier in Philadelphia, PA.”
Student Spotlight-Logistics and Warehouse Management
Summarize what you learn in your program in one sentence.
“I learned how to be organized, process customer deliveries and operate forklifts.”
What is the hardest part of your program?
“Learning to operate forklifts in tight spaces.”
What is the most fun part of your program?
“Delivering supplies to other programs.”
What is some recent technology you are learning to use in your program that is specific to your profession?
“Barcode scanners and Fed-Ex shipping software.”
What is your plan for after high school?
“I plan to continue working for Penske Logistics, in the Whirlpool Distribution Center.”
What is going to be the highlight of the year in your program?
“My Cooperative Education job.”
What are you proud of learning how to do in your program?
“Operating a 10,000 lb. forklift.”
Explain a typical day in your program.
“Processing UPS and Fed-Ex shipments, making deliveries and operating the forklifts.”
How is your program at CPAVTS different from your other classes you have had in the past?
“Lots of training and experience (first hand/hands on).”
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?
“If you work really hard, you can get a great paying job in warehousing right out of high school.”
November 2019- Rotary Students of the Month
Kaitlyn Messer is a Red Land High School student in the Early Childhood Education Program. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the Treasurer of Student Council, and is a cheerleader at Red Land. At CPAVTS, Kaitlyn is a member of NTHS (National Technical Honor Society), and FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America). She is a Youth Leader at her church. She has made the Honor Roll list, and been named Student of the Quarter, CPAVTS. Upon graduation she would like to attend UNC or USC to study Child Psychology.
Mark Callihan is a Computer Networking student from Northern York High School. At Northern he is involved in PIT (Polar Information Technology), and through CPAVTS his is an Intern for the IT Helpdesk at Capital Area Intermediate Unit (CAIU), as part of the Cooperative Education Program. He has been named Student of the Quarter, CPAVTS. He plans to attend HACC after graduation to study Information Technology.
Laney Keller is a Boiling Springs High School student in the Advertising, Art and Design Program. She is a member of Skills USA, CPAVTS. She is currently employed by Red Robin. Upon graduation she plans to attend HACC to continue in her current field of study, by majoring in Graphic Design.
Catching Up With…Caitlyn Feathers, William Croft and Victoria Carroll, Class of ‘19
Caitlyn of Big Spring High School, William of Boiling Springs High School and Victoria of West Perry High School are all three graduates of the Criminal Justice Program at CPAVTS, Class of 2019.
They came in to visit their old classmates and instructor, Mr. Shannon, to talk to students about the direction each of them has taken, in the world of Criminal Justice, or other areas, since graduation.
Here is what each of them had to say:
Describe the company or industry in which you currently work.
“PetSmart as a part-time job, but I am going into the military.”- William
“I work at United Cerebral Palsy, I am a caregiver.”-Victoria
What is your job title and what do you do?
“Right now I am a cashier, I think that is pretty self-explanatory, but I don’t know where the military might end up taking me in a career.”-William
“As a caregiver, I currently care for a 30 year old with Autism.”-Victoria
What other employment have you had related to your program areas at CPAVTS?
“I worked for Hershey Security after high school for a brief period of time.”-William
What additional education and training did you receive after leaving CPAVTS?
“’I’m working on a Bachelors in Criminal Justice through Shippensburg University.”-Caitlyn
“I didn’t receive any additional training at this point, but going into the military, which will be considered additional training.”-William
“I’m attending Shippensburg University for Criminal Justice, I knew most info in the CJR 100 course I already took.” Victoria
How was Cumberland Perry different than your regular high school?
“Cumberland Perry actually got me prepared more for a career in an area I was specifically interested in pursuing.”-Caitlyn
“It was nothing like a regular high school, it is a different experience entirely.”- William
“Teacher/Student relationship was better, and I really felt prepared for my career.”- Victoria
What is your favorite CPAVTS memory?
“Safety Day- Criminal Justice plays a big part in that event, from the invites and organization, to the setup and running of things the day of the event. Especially with all the first responders and military guests that attend.”-William
“Graduation, I felt so accomplished and proud of myself for completing my program.”- Victoria