Catching Up With…Gregory Comp, Class of ’18 and Sarah Harrigan, Class of ‘18

Mr. Shannon planned a big surprise for his CJ students, there was even a dramatic lead in to these visitors showing up that began with a trip to the Principal’s Office… don’t worry they weren’t in any real trouble. These two specialized in the right side of the law after all! Greg and Sarah both graduated class of ’18 from Criminal Justice at CPAVTS, Greg of West Perry High School and Sarah of Cedar Cliff High School. They generously agreed to do a Q&A with us during their stay. Here is what they’ve been up to…


Describe the company or industry in which you currently work.

“I am in the U. S. Navy.”-Greg

“I am currently working, as a manager with the McDonald’s Franchise.”- Sarah


What is your job title and what do you do?

“AD, an Aviation Machinist Mate.”


Aviation Machinist's Mates are aircraft engine mechanics. They inspect, adjust, test, repair, and overhaul aircraft engines and propellers. ADs also perform routine maintenance, prepare aircraft for flight and assist in handling aircraft on the ground.


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

“I worked Security.”

“I went to Penn State for CJ. CPAVTS did help me with background knowledge.”


How was Cumberland Perry different than your regular high school?

“It was more hands-on, I enjoyed every second of every day in school at CPAVTS.”

“It gave me insight into the different jobs in Criminal Justice.”


What is your favorite CPAVTS memory?

“Mr. Shannon’s Hands On Event.”

“The obstacle course Mr. Shannon set up for everyone our senior year.”


CPAVTS students use their talents to give back in 2019

Advertising Art & Design students use their artistic talents to paint festive window designs within CPAVTS for the holiday season.  They also are designing and painting a rain barrel for Earth Day that will be auctioned off to the highest bidder in April, at the Earth Day Festival, in Mechanicsburg.  Social Studies students wrote letters for Veterans Day to patients at the VA Hospital in Lebanon, PA.  This is the sixth consecutive year Mrs. Franson’s class has participated, and they have cumulatively sent about 1,000 letters to the VA. 

In the HVAC program, students worked all fall to grow their beards out for “No Shave November”!  This was an exclusive competition between the AM and PM program.  The AM ultimately won, but combined they sent $220 to the Ronald McDonald house!  AM students prize was an ultimate Thanksgiving feast prepared by their instructor.  Instructional Assistants at CPAVTS are packing up snack food items for students who are financially disadvantaged for the holiday season to make sure they will have full bellies.

Our health related programs sure tackled charity cheer this holiday season! Dental students collected non-perishable items for the Ronald McDonald House while Nursing students each adopted a nursing home resident after receiving a list of necessities from Stonebridge Health and Rehabilitation Center.  Over 100 items were collected and it took multiple trips for delivery.  Students also made fleece blankets for residents.  The Emerging Health Professionals program is new this school year, but students made holiday cards and distributed to residents at Kinkora Pythian Home. 

Electrical Construction students made a donation barrel and advertised a collection for Toys for Tots.  Items were dropped off just in time for the Toys for Tots parade in Camp Hill, PA.  Cosmetology students offered free clinic services for a life skills class at one of CPAVTS sending school districts.  Culinary students were busy preparing holiday feasts for various organizations, but Messiah Lifeways was able to enjoy an exclusive luncheon prepared by the Culinary team. 

Horticulture students were busy as ever, making greens and holiday décor, but still managing to squeeze in time for Messiah Lifeways residents to visit, and make a succulent arrangement for their room.  Masonry and Carpentry spent several cold November and December days at the Army Heritage Center constructing a structure for educational uses.  Auto Collison sand blasted, prepped, and painted steel brackets for the Army Heritage construction project. 

Welding students construct and repair the CPAVTS snow removal equipment for the winter season all while Diesel Technology services and maintains the school utility, and off road vehicles and equipment.  Automotive also has a hand in maintaining and inspecting the school vehicles and assisting staff with vehicle emergency services.  Precision Machine manufactures holiday ornaments and all the proceeds collected are donated to Bikers Against Child Abuse.

Logistics students can be seen picking, packing, and shipping out all the apparel orders for the 52 Goodwill Keystone Area locations throughout PA.  Computer Networking students assist the IT department at CPAVTS with tasks of laptop cart organization, imaging hard drives, and computer cleaning.  Automation, Robotics, and Electronics is fairly new to CPAVTS, although they have already began repairing a hazardous environmental robot for another vocational school and repair the vending machine for staff snacks. 

Computer Programming students have the edge on technology, and create or spruce-up websites for local business owners.  Early Childhood students collected pajamas for local shelter groups through Scholastic Books, who generously matched every item with a book for a child.  Criminal Justice students direct traffic, secure parking lots, and assist guests for CPAVTS evening events, but are ready for the spring when they coordinate the Safety Day extravaganza held at CPAVTS annually. 

Cumberland Perry AVTS is proud to exhibit student talents and generosity towards others throughout the year.

January 2020- Rotary Students of the Month

Mary Saleeb is a Camp Hill High School student in the Computer Networking program. She participates in Archery at Camp Hill and is currently employed by Staples, and has been an intern for the CPAVTS IT Department.  She has been named Student of the Quarter and has made the Honor Roll, at CPAVTS. Upon graduating, she plans to attend either Harrisburg University, HACC, Pittsburgh Technical College or Central Penn, majoring in Information Technology.

Hunter Yinger is a Boiling Spring High School student in the Computer Programming program. He is a part of the Chess Club, Drama Club, Malfunction Junction Club, as well as a participant in the Fall and Spring Plays at Boiling Springs. He is a member of SkillsUSA at Cumberland Perry AVTS. He volunteers with Boy Scouts of America, and is currently employed by Sheetz. He has been named Student of the Quarter and made Honor Roll at CPAVTS. He plans the attend Harrisburg University to study Software Development/Engineering.

Kasey Davis is a Dental Assisting student from Northern High School. She is the President of Dental HOSA and SkillsUSA at CPAVTS, as well as a member of NTHS (National Technical Honor Society). She plays Varsity Field Hockey and Lacrosse, and is the Senior Class President at NorthernHu. She participates in Youth Group, Northern RYLA Conferee, Club Field Hockey, and Keystone Kryptonite. She is currently employed by Bruster’s Real Ice Cream. She has made Honor Roll and been named Student of the Quarter, CPAVTS. She plans to attend Messiah College to study Biology, Pre-Dental.

Cooperative Education Spotlight- Owen Stauffer

Owen Stauffer has always had a knack for building things.  Ever since he could first swing a hammer he could be found trying to make a bird house, dog house, or something he saw on TV.  So, when he was in 9th grade it was only natural that he filled out an application for the Carpentry program at Cumberland Perry AVTS.  Later that school year he was notified of his acceptance and he promptly had his parents take him to the hardware store to buy the tools and belt required for the program.  After 2 years of classroom and hands-on learning, he found himself ready to enter the workforce through the Cooperative Education Program at CPAVTS.  The West Perry senior now starts each day driving to a job site as a valuable employee for Haas Creative Carpentry.  For the last 3 months he has assisted with a custom designed home located in Elliotsburg.  Hanging cabinets, installing hardwood floors, installing ceramic tile, and installing trim and crown molding are all tasks that are part of Owen’s everyday life at work.  Owen takes great pride in his work and likes to step back and admire the finished project.  The relationship between Owen and Haas Creative Carpentry has gone so well Owen is preparing to become a full-time employee after graduation.  Owen’s passion as a child has now

9th Grade Exploratory Night

Perspective students for 2020-2021 school year, spent the evening exploring 11 different program options at CPAVTS, out of the full 21 available for enrollment. Nearly 100 students registered for this exclusive evening of hands-on, high school, education opportunities

This has been an annual, community event for potential incoming students. Exploration Night allows these students a more in-depth experience in two trade areas they might consider enrolling in at CPAVTS. Program options this year for students to explore included automotive perspectives, construction trades, health care fields, and public service opportunities.

Students and parents were greeted for the evening with a dinner, prepared by the CPAVTS Culinary Arts Program and Instructor. Administrative Director, Mr. Bruhn, greeted guests and addressed subjects such as enrollment, the application process, and program information, before sending students out to explore!

Exploratory Night is an opportunity that showcases how Cumberland Perry AVTS educates students for industry-ready career occupations. It's an event your student won't want to miss in the future, when considering whether or not an educatiuon at CPAVTS is the right choice for them.