Class 7 Telehandler Training Offered to CPAVTS Students in Spring 2021

Cumberland Perry received a Sany1056A class 7 telehandler this winter.  This heavy piece of equipment worth $115,000 was purchased through an equipment grant for the Masonry program.  It includes over $8,000 in safety upgrades such as enclosed cab, LED and strobe lighting, backup camera display, computerized digital display, and heating/AC in the cab. 

CPAVTS has two certified instructors capable to teach the class 7 certification that will be offered to masonry and welding seniors.  However, students must meet the age requirement of 17.  They will receive the actual certification when they turn 18, per OSHA standards.  This certification is highly desired by mason contractors, as anyone certified will be able to operate any manufactured telehandler make and model.  This essential piece of equipment is used to supply needed materials to job sites, move heavy materials, lift steel off of trucks, and stock scaffolds at the job site. 

During this course, students will be able to identify all the powered industrial truck classifications, learn all safety agency standards, safety alert symbols, the tele handler operating requirements, the components and controls, stability factors, weight capacity charts, inspection and operation of a telehandler, and using a joystick to freight. 

Students who want this certification have their work cut out for them!  They will need to study the Operator Training Program Manual, complete the assessment, and also score 100% accuracy on the test.  The class 7 telehandler certification will be good for 3 years until recertification is required.  CPAVTS is excited to provide this essential career certification to its students. 

Program Sponsorships and Cooperative Education Opportunities

For the last 20+ years, Cumberland Truck Equipment has been a great resource for the students and staff of Cumberland Perry AVTS.  Hiring graduates, hiring cooperative education students, attending Occupational Advisory Committee meeting, and proctoring NOCTI exams are just a few of the partnership activities Cumberland Truck has been a part of at CPAVTS.  So it was only natural for them to sign on as the Business and Industry Program Sponsor for the Diesel Technology Program. 

By signing on as a Business and Industry Sponsor, the students win, the school wins, and Cumberland Truck wins.  Students have access to internships, job shadowing experiences, field trips, and cooperative education experiences.  Students are also eligible for monetary contributions towards scholarships or tool packages.  The school gets valuable input from the industry to assist teachers with curriculum, equipment, and testing.  Cumberland Truck is given access to speak to students about employment opportunities for graduates or cooperative education. 

The long standing relationship has seen Cumberland Truck hire over 20 students through the cooperative education program.  Currently, Gillian Moffitt, a senior from Big Spring High School, is working at the facility in Harrisburg, while Ryan Kreiser, a senior from East Pennsboro High School, is working at the facility in Carlisle.  Three students from last years’ graduating class were also hired and continue successful employment at both locations. 

John Quigley, a 2004 graduate from the Diesel Technology program and former cooperative education student is now the Service Manager in Carlisle.  He says it feels good to give back to Cumberland Perry AVTS.  He feels the teachers at CPAVTS always have the student’s best interest in mind, and better prepare them for the real world.  He stated that all students learn differently and all they need is a chance.  John takes full advantage of the cooperative education program, as he finds it increasing more difficult to find reliable and quality technicians each year. 

The relationship between CPAVTS and Cumberland Truck has been beneficial to both parties.  The continued partnership will ensure the flow of quality trained young adults for positons as technicians, service writers, fork lift operators, parts counterperson and any other industry related need. 

CPAVTS Horticulture & Landscaping Students Compete Virtually at the PA Farm Show

The students at CPAVTS were still excited to compete at the 2021 Pennsylvania Farm Show even if it was a virtual show this year, hosted from January 9-16.  Students were able to complete their exhibits and submit photographs of the completed work since the show was virtual, which means students were able to keep and maintain their completed projects.  Students were still expected to follow entry requirements regarding creative design, theme, quality, and meet all the Agricultural Education Exhibit qualifications. 

Cumberland Perry AVTS had 28 of its Horticulture and Landscaping students submit entries for the 2021 PA Farm Show.  CPAVTS students’ showcased the usual items such as poinsettias, bud vases, Holiday wreaths, centerpieces, succulent arrangements, herbs, bulb growing, and the favorite fairy garden.  New for the 2021 show was creating a poster on a horticulture topic which one student showcased “How to take care of Plants”.  There was also a new category that featured dried arrangements, PA product basket, advertisement for a business, and a class fave of the aquarium terrariums. 

Photo entry submission for the 20+ categories in the Horticulture and Landscape Exhibit deadline was December 11, 2020.  Local business professionals in Floral and Landscape Design judged the student entries.  Winners should be announced at the end of the PA Farm Show.  Good luck to all the students who participated in this annual, but slightly different, event for this year. 

HYBRID Program Spotlight- Criminal Justice

What are some challenges and/or benefits you have encountered with teaching online? 

“There are so many valuable online resources and tools that have helped enhance instruction. The benefit is to the point where we will be bringing these online resources into the physical classroom in the future, with or without a pandemic influencing the classroom."

“The biggest challenge to being online is the loss of the personal connection with students. I can’t see their faces as much, read their eyes or body language and connect with them on as deep a level. Even with video capabilities, teaching interpersonal, relational and communication related skills can be difficult."


What are some challenges and/or benefits with In-Person learning only two days a week?

 “The benefits are easily that with fewer students it gives me more time with each student. Two days a week means students have two days of a student-to-teacher ratio that greatly benefits each individual learning environment." 

“As with the challenges of teaching online, the challenge of only seeing students two times a week is just that – lack of physical proximity. Our profession is built on using the senses - looking one another in the eye, relating to someone by standing shoulder to shoulder with them, and ultimately building relationships by walking ‘in-person” through an issue. Seeing students two times a week limits our ability to build relationships. Students feel the same way, specifically upperclassmen, who have in the past two years spent three hours a day, every day, in the Criminal Justice classroom with their peers."


What new safety measures have been put into place for students working on the shop floor and in the classroom this year?

“The wearing of personal protective equipment (gloves, masks) at all times, but more vigilantly during skill drills and practical exercises. Students have added greater emphasis on sanitation, but this has only been a minor inconvenience, as students in the program already are experienced at doing their assigned clean ups, as part of contributing to a team effort to maintain a clean and organized shop."

“Safety measures present an inconvenience to the program, but these measures are consistent with what those in the industry are doing as well, so it is an important lesson for students to learn."


What are some examples of new technology/new teaching techniques you are using with your students this year?

“Google Meet has been the most significant addition. It has been valuable to be able to bring remote students into the physical classroom with their peers, to record lessons for future viewing by students, and to be able to play back the recordings to analyze student or instructor skills and behavior. Google Meet also allows the sharing of a screen so videos, PowerPoint and other documents can be shared with students who are remote."

“The use of technology is increasing within the industry in forms of body worn cameras, in-car cameras, virtual arraignments/hearings, electronic citations, audio and video recordings of interviews, enhanced record management systems, and in many other ways. It is important to add technology, with or without the influence of a pandemic, and is another significant lesson students are exposed to during this new learning environment."


What are some positive aspects of the hybrid schedule that you foresee incorporating in future learning?

“We have done more in terms of “virtual field trips” and these are experiences that we will absolutely continue to use. Specifically, students have been “on the road” with me in a patrol cruiser, taken a tour of a magisterial district court room, and interviewed a local judge. Immersing students in real-world settings of this industry is perhaps the most influential way to teach students. Again, it is a way of learning that has been around but only has been amplified as a learning option because of the pandemic. With precautions in place to protect confidentiality and sensitive material, hopefully in the future students will be able to “tour” emergency communications center, judicial centers, police departments, interview criminal justice practitioners, observe public safety professionals during their training and witness public hearings.”

"One final positive aspect of the new learning setting has been the reminder that first responders continue to serve faithfully as the rest of us quarantine, socally distance ourselves and go vitrual. Our appreciation for first responders is greater because of the learning opportunities afforded us when we are needed to stay home. We remember first responders who are essential to our safety and do not have the luxury to stay home."




CPAVTS Horticulture Students see Green Amidst Winter Months

The horticulture greenhouse at CPAVTS is at a comfy 60 degree atmosphere this December, to keep the fresh greens on the plates in culinary arts.  Horticulture students are utilizing a hydroponics system to grow veggies this winter.  A hydroponics system uses water and chemicals to sustain plant growth instead of soil.  These aquatic plants are started from seeds, and student harvesting is anywhere from two to six weeks depending on the vegetation.  Horticulture students check the water and chemical balance 2 days a week, which means calculating the water loss + water addition to = new chemical additive amount.

Plants that are currently growing include: lettuce, kale, tomatoes, basil, cilantro, arugula, and rainbow chard.  Students are able to take home a sample of their harvesting project but most of the yield is donated to the Culinary Arts students who use it to prepare dishes such as, fresh garden salads, salad dressing with fresh spices, and creating a Mediterranean style chard entree. 

CPAVTS horticulture students happily give the green handshake or thumb to fellow peers.