February 2020- Rotary Students of the Month

Jenesis Trish is a Nursing Assisting student from West Perry High School. She has made Honor Roll and been named Student of the Quarter, CPAVTS. She is a member of the student organization HOSA, as well as a volunteer with Bloom Mental Health Service. During her volunteer time she makes self-care packages for mentally ill patients. She also works with her Church Youth Group. Once graduated, she plans to attend HACC, the Harrisburg Campus, to study and obtain a degree in Psychology.

Devyn Rhoads is a West Perry High School student in the Automotive Technology Program. He is currently employed by Bruner’s Service Center, through the Cooperative Education Program at CPAVTS. He was named Student of the Quarter, and made the Honor Roll, CPAVTS. Following Graduation he plans to attend HACC to study General Motors, in Automotive Technology.

Mackenzie Johnston is a student in the Criminal Justice program from Boiling Springs High School. She is the President of NTHS (National Technical Honor Society), CPAVTS, as well as a member of SkillsUSA, and Class Chief in her Criminal Justice Program. She is currently employed by Sheetz. She made Honor Roll, and was named Student of the Quarter, CPAVTS. She plans to attend Indiana University of PA, to study Criminology, ROTC.

Catching Up With…Jacaylah Winters, Class of ’18 and Scott Bruce, Class of ‘17

These two Cosmetology Alumni came in for services in the Clinic, and we couldn’t resist a touch base with them since graduating. Here is what they have been busy with in industry since leaving CPAVTS.


Describe the company or industry in which you currently work.

“I’m in the Cosmetology Industry still, and it’s pretty exciting.”-Jacaylah

“I currently work for Regis Corporation, which is the largest hair salon chain in the world. They owns brands like Supercuts, SmartStyle, Cost Cutters, First Choice Haircutters, Roosters, and more.”- Scott


What is your job title and what do you do?

“Hair stylist- I do cutting, coloring hair, and waxing.”

“Hair stylist, various services in cosmetology.”


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

“CPAVTS prepared me very well. I continue to receive online training provided by Regis”


How was Cumberland Perry different than your regular high school?

“It was, for me, a more relaxed experience in education that was way more rewarding.”

“Just so much better!”


How has your industry changed?

“My industry is always changing, I don’t even know where to begin, trends effect everything.”

“The hair industry is forever changing, as new trends and technology are introduced all the time.”


What is your favorite CPAVTS memory?

“The Talent Shows!”

“The Hair Show field trips we got to go on.”

Scholarship Opportunities

Free money….is there really such a thing?  There is and although it may take time filling out the papers there are many opportunities for students who have an interest in furthering their education. 

CPAVTS students’ have various ways to discover scholarship opportunities available.  There is a scholarship bulletin board posted right outside the Student Services office, weekly announcements address the new scholarships, and counselors even seek student participation. 

For the graduating seniors from CPAVTS, heading to college in fall of 2019, there was over $16,400 delivered to colleges of their choice.  CPAVTS students also have an advantage when they go right into the work force, as many businesses donate tools, tool kits, gift cards, or checks that are distributed to students for a job well done.  Over $15,900 in tools were distributed to seniors along with over $19,800 in gift cards or checks. 

The majority of scholarships have a few requirements or maybe program specific but the opportunities are endless if effort is applied!

Cooperative Education Spotlight- Hunter Rickrode

If you have ever been on the highway in central PA and saw a trailer with 10+ axles hauling wind turbines, large irregular containers, or heavy equipment, there is a good chance Master Solutions Inc. in Carlisle was involved in the creation of the trailer hauling the product. Hunter Rickrode, a senior from Big Spring High School, is now employed by Master Solutions through the Cooperative Education program at Cumberland Perry AVTS. It all started when he was a 9th grade student, where he completed an application for the Welding Program at CPAVTS. He was accepted later that year and jumped right into the task list as a 10th grader. After two years of hard work in the classroom and on the shop floor, he applied for a position with Master Solutions Inc. and hired shortly thereafter. Each day at Master Solutions brings a new adventure for Hunter, which is what he really enjoys most about his position. Reading blue prints, mig welding on trailer frames, grinding and prepping surfaces and general problem solving are all part of his normal day. The Master Solution’s team has adopted Hunter as one of their own and he really cherishes the people who take time out of their day to teach him. The transition from the classroom to the world of work has been very successful for Hunter, thanks to his dedication, work ethic, vocational training, and Master Solution’s team. With graduation just several months away, Hunter’s future appears to be on track.

Program Spotlight- Computer Networking

Teacher Spotlight- Mr. Heater


What is the most significant new or different aspect to your program this year?

“The 3rd year students have been given a project to build a computer network based on what they have learned during their time in the program. As they continue through the year they add to the computer network based on what they have learned.”


What are some of the more common career pathways your students take when they leave CPAVTS?

“Start as either a help desk technician or network technician. Some students go to college to complete a degree before starting their career.”


What particular training/unit do employers seek that helps students get their foot in the door?

“Ability to troubleshoot through problems and articulate the solution to customers.”


What is some of the recent technology and/or trends in the profession with which students become familiar?

“The first part of the year we’ve discussed components in computers and how they have changed over the years. We have discussed how cloud computing is improving our access to information from anywhere we go.”


What unit/topic do students struggle with the most in your program? Why do you think that is?

“Terminology, there are many different parts and remembering the correct names for each is sometimes a struggle. Computer components change over time, as an IT Technician you have to understand the old and new components.”


Explain a typical day in your program.

“Start with a warm-up question related to the day’s topic. We spend some time as a group discussing the topic. Then the students work individually or in groups to complete simulation labs or hands-on assignments.”


What advice would you give students who have completed your program?

“Continue to learn. Technology is always changing, and you need to keep an eye on the changes. Computer components from five years ago are now considered OLD technology. We need to stay current, or risk becoming irrelevant.”


How many years have you been at CPAVTS and what was your experience before coming to CPAVTS?

“This is my first year at CPAVTS. I was in the Army, performing different jobs related to Information Technology.”



Student Spotlight


Summarize what you learn in your program in ONE sentence.

“Operating systems, computer hardware, and configuring networks.”


What is the hardest part of your program?

“Troubleshooting and determining issues.”

“Remembering all RAID types, or the OSI Model.”

“The printer subject. There are so many parts inside a laser printer.”


What is the most fun part of your program?

“Learning commands to configure devices and working with them.”

“So far, the most fun activity we have done is reassembling PCs.”

“Interacting with other students that share common interests and career goals.”


What is some recent technology you are learning to use in your program that is specific to your profession?

“Current generation Intel CPUs.”

“Cloud Computing.”


What is your plan for after high school?

“To go into a 4 year technical college, while having a job on the side.”

“To go to HACC, and then possibly a 4 year college after.”


What is going to be the highlight of the year in your program?

“Successfully establishing, and finishing a fully functional, student network.”

“Taking and passing my certification exams.”


What are you proud of learning how to do in your program?

“Being able to troubleshoot things I haven’t had experience with previously.”


Describe a typical day in your classroom.

“Come in to the classroom, answer the opening question on google classroom. Theory or lecture on the daily lesson. Then work on labs, or sometimes get to troubleshoot real issues in the classroom. Continue working until the end of the day.”


How is your program at CPAVTS different from other classes you have had in the past?

“There is more freedom to do what you want to do if there is time to do so. Instructor is patient and open to questions. You can work with your hands a lot, doing something you’re interested in.”

“The encouragement and the amount of freedom.”


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?

“Be open-minded. Be patient to new material. Don’t allow yourself to get frustrated, step away from it, and come back to it later. What you are learning is new, and isn’t common knowledge, practice will make perfect.”