CPAVTS Sponsorship Opportunities
Sponsorship Opportunities Available at CPAVTS
Cumberland Perry AVTS has developed a Business and Industry Sponsorship Program that formalizes partnerships with local businesses, providing benefits to the area employers, the school, and, most importantly, CPAVTS students.
Companies who sponsor a program at CPAVTS make several commitments to the school and students. In addition to monetary contributions towards scholarships or other senior awards, they also offer their facility and expertise to CPAVTS students for cooperative education employment, internships, job shadows, and field trips. Partners also open their doors for a special event for elementary students to learn about their company, their industry, and how a CPAVTS program can provide that career pathway. Lastly, Program Sponsors are active participants on Program Advisory Committees and offer their expertise towards decisions involving curriculum, credentials, equipment, safety, and other aspects of CPAVTS programs to ensure they are meeting the demands of employers.
Sponsors are recognized with their logo placed outside the program door, on the school website, and in the program brochure. They are recognized during the Awards Ceremony in May and are also given access to speak to students about employment opportunities within their company, distribute applications or other company information, and generally recruit students for employment. CPAVTS will also distribute employment information to past graduates on behalf of program sponsors.
Lawrence Chevrolet was the first company to participate in the Business and Industry Sponsorship Program. Lawrence Chevrolet is the sponsor of the Automotive Technology program and has been an eager and active partner.
The HVAC program is sponsored by The Tuckey Companies. Nicole Coy, Human Resources Manager, says “CPAVTS has a strong program with excellent students. The Tuckey Companies feel strongly about educating students in the trades and want to help promote and advance the HVAC, electrical, carpentry, and welding fields in Cumberland and Perry Counties.”
“CPAVTS has access to help mold our future! Working together we can build a strong future for our local community and trades.”
The Business and Industry Sponsorship Program is a win-win-win for students, employers, and CPAVTS. Sponsorships are non-exclusive, meaning that each program could potentially have multiple sponsors leading to even greater opportunities to serve the community employment needs and also prepare CPAVTS students for workforce readiness. Companies interested in program sponsorships should contact the CPAVTS Administrative Director, Justin Bruhn.
Cooperative Education Spotlight- Aniika Craddock
When Aniika Craddock was in 9th grade, she informed her parents she was interested in attending Cumberland Perry AVTS. A tad shocked, they were very supportive of her choice. She applied for the Automotive Technology program and was accepted later that year. Aniika, now a senior from Cumberland Valley High School, spends half her day employed by Faulkner Subaru thorough the cooperative education program. She attends CV each morning for her academic classes and then reports to work at noon. Every day brings a new adventure with battery checks, tire rotations, brake inspections, oil changes, and many other preventive maintenance tasks. She will also assist mainline techs when her line isn’t busy. Aniika loves to report to work each day because the co-workers all feel like family to her. The Faulkner Family has been a great business partner for Cumberland Perry AVTS. Aniika and many other cooperative education students have capped off their vocational education experience working at the local dealerships. Aniika isn’t sure where her future will take her, but working in to automotive field in some capacity is almost a given.
Rotary Students of the Month- November 2018
Victoria Carroll is a West Perry student enrolled in the Criminal Justice program at CPAVTS. Victoria is the SkillsUSA President, a member of the National Technical Honor Society, a member of the Student Programming Board at HACC, and active in the West Perry Musical and play productions. Victoria works as a dining associate at County Meadows Retirement Community, where she also volunteers her time. She plans to major in Nursing and has applied to Penn State, Lock Haven University, Shippensburg, and the Pittsburgh Technical College.
Morgan Brough is an Upper Adams student enrolled in the Horticulture & Landscaping program, at CPAVTS. He is a member of the FFA and is on the baseball team for Biglerville. Morgan also works at Strathmeyer Landscaping and is a Parrot Head member. He plans to major in Landscape Architecture and has applied to Penn State University.
Alaira Kish is a Boiling Springs student enrolled in the Cosmetology program at CPAVTS. She is a member of National Honor Society and the Lead See You at the Pole for Youth Alive Club at Boiling Springs. She has gone on Missions Trips to both Atlanta and Philadelphia, is a part of the Leading Worship Team at her church. She also volunteers with the Kids Church as a tutor. She was named student of the quarter and made honor roll at CPAVTS. She plans to attend Evangel University to study Elementary Education.
3,000 Students Explore CPAVTS
CPAVTS welcomes 3,000 students to explore their career readiness programs for two tour days. The 13 different districts located in the Cumberland Perry area, send their 8th and 9th grade students to explore vocational options available to their students for high school years.
Students were placed into a tour group that would visit 11 programs. Each program visit was kept to a 5 minute presentation to keep the tours running to capacity. Current CPAVTS students were tour guides, instructor assistants, or presenters to the possible upcoming students.
Student assistants were excited to “show off” their projects and brag about their hard work at CPAVTS. An Open House for parents and students to attend is scheduled for November 1, 2018, from 5-7 p.m.
Program Spotlight-Criminal Justice
Teacher Spotlight- Stephen Shannon
Programs and Instructors at CPAVTS are ever changing… and on the note, we decided it was time to revisit the Criminal Justice program and see what changes have come about since new Instructor, Mr. Shannon showed up in the picture.
What is the most significant new or different aspect to your program this year?
“We have added an emphasis on health and wellness in the form of a physical fitness program. When our students leave the program, we want them, at a minimum, to be able to successfully complete entry level physical fitness tests at Pennsylvania police academies.”
What are some of the more common career pathways your students take when they leave CPAVTS?
“Traditionally the most common career pathways for our student is in the area of law enforcement, corrections, and service in the military. HOWEVER, I am excited that there are currently such diverse interests amongst student in the program. The Criminal Justice program does not just target students who want to be in law enforcement…in addition to law enforcement, career paths that our current students are interested in pursuing include border patrol, firefighting and fire investigation, animal control, forensics, psychology, drug enforcement, mental health work, nursing, coroner’s office, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and behavior analysts, just to name a few.”
What particular training/unit do employers seek that helps students get their foot in the door?
“Just to list a few: Critical thinking, ability to reason and show good judgement under pressure, integrity, maturity, strong communication skills, strong writing skills, cultural diversity, and strong academics. Our program is different from the other CTE programs in that it focuses entirely on human services. Students must have strong interpersonal skills, be able to relate to diverse groups, be willing to step out of their comfort zone, and most importantly, be servant-leaders.”
What is some of the recent technology and/or trends in the profession, with which students become familiar?
“Increased cybercrime and resulting investigations increase from these types of crimes. Public scrutiny under which offers will be judged, increasing by being video recorded on the job. Body cameras are a valuable tool for public safety officers to increase transparency with the community.”
What unit/topic do student struggle with the most in your program and why do you think that is?
“There are a few areas…Students love being active, so any block of instruction that keeps them in their seat too long can be a struggle. Aside from the technical skills we teach (handcuffing, fingerprinting, crime scene processing), we also emphasize pressure-filled role-playing scenarios that put student’s decision-making and judgement skills to the test.”
Explain a typical day in your program.
“We spend a portion of our day focusing on theoretical concepts, including criminal procedure, criminal law, use of force, police concepts, and report-writing. We balance theoretical work with practical, hands-on work that helps student apply the theory work. Student step into the role of first responders through role-playing activities, making various decisions regarding traffic stops, arrests, searches and other common public safety encounters.”
“A significant part of the day includes service to CPAVTS, in the form of patrolling the campus, coordinating an identification badge system for our staff and students, coordinating our Annual Safety Day Event, providing escorts during special events and having operation responsibilities during our evacuation drills/emergencies.”
What advice would you give student who have completed your program?
“The best public servants are those whose strongest skills include the ability to communicate and make integrity-based judgement calls under pressure. I tell my students-become a strong active listener, work to be sensitive to the needs of others, to the point that you’d be willing to put your live on the line for them, pursue disciplines of higher learning that focus on understanding the human mind, developing excellent writing skills, and work on your ability to communicate with all diverse groups of individuals.”
How many years have you been at CPAVTS?
“I will have completed one year at CPAVTS on November 2, 2018.”
What is your experience before coming to CPAVTS?
“12 years as a Police Officer with Washington Township Police Department (Waynesboro, PA). Part of my duties, aside from general patrol assignments, included work as a Field Training Officer. I did that as a part of the department’s Accident Investigation Team, special assignments to a U.S. Marshals Task Force, and as a member of the South-Central Counter Terrorism Task Force. Prior to being a Police Officer, I was a Truancy Caseworker with Franklin County Children and Youth Services (Chambersburg, PA)”.
Student Spotlight- Clayton (CV, Class of ’19)
Summarize what you learn in your program in one sentence.
“We learn the basics for every aspect of the criminal justice system, from interpersonal professionalism to intrapersonal confidence and knowledge.”
What is the hardest part of your program?
“The hardest part of our program is deciding afterward what part of it you believe you belong to, or are best-suited to do, and how you can use the knowledge of that part to better serve the communities it involves.”
What is the most fun part of your program?
“The most fun part of the program is taking what we learned from it and applying it to our professional lives and using it to teach and improve the future law.”
What is some recent technology you are learning to use in your program that is specific to your profession?
“We are very lucky to be able to train with a wide variety of technologies. This year we were introduced to body cameras. We learn the importance of them, how they are protected from public scrutiny, and how to use them. Today, police are under immense pressure from the public, and the body cameras allow law enforcement an ability to justify their actions.”
What is your plan for after high school?
“My plan is to hopefully gain admission to a college through the NROTC scholarship. After college, I hope to also be offered a commission from the Marines to serve as an officer. I began to explore this opportunity after the Marines came into my shop to show us what the Marine Corp has to offer. This program built a lot of personal skills that make me feel that I am qualified for such a position of responsibility.”
What is going to be the highlight of the year in your program?
“The highlight of the year in my opinion, is going to be each Friday’s physical training, where the entire class comes together and learns competitiveness, leadership, and teamwork. It will also prepare us for the physical and mental demands of a career in law enforcement.”
What are you the most proud of learning in your program?
“I am proud to learn the correct way of being a law enforcement agent while also training with the same tools and technologies authorities work with today.”
Explain a typical day in your program.
“A typical day begins with an instructional period pertaining to the chapter, lesson, or tool we are learning about or using. We then have a period for the seniors to student, go over administrative things, plan for events, and go over senior curriculum.”
How is your program at CPAVTS different from other classes you have had in the past?
“This program is different from any other class sending schools offer. Here we are taught career focused curriculum. We train in practical situations, we all work together as a team, and we have the same vision of being a public servant in some aspect of law enforcement or government. In this program and school, the staff have the complete focus of each student’s success, needs and aspirations. Students not only develop a professional relationship with their peers, but also with their instructors and other members of staff.”
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?
“Advice for level one students is to stick with your program and make the most of it, because the times goes so fast. For students considering enrolling, you should be proud of yourself for taking the first steps in building a solid foundation for your future, and know that taking the steps towards a program like this puts you far ahead of your peers. CPAVTS also offers a lot more than just a career focused program, it also allows you to establish a lot of new friendships, industry certifications, personal skills, and opportunities in further education and employment.”