Street Sweeper Diesel Donation





Cumberland Perry AVTS received a generous donation of a 2005 Freightliner Street Sweeper for the Diesel program from A&H Equipment of Harrisburg.  FleetPride of Harrisburg also donated the delivery of the vehicle to the Cumberland Perry AVTS.

The street sweeper is equipped with various mechanical and electrical devices that students would not usually have access to disassemble and reconstruct.  This vehicle, is equipped with a 115 horse power John Deere auxiliary engine that powers the sweeper motor.  It is also has dual operator controls for the throttle, brakes, and steering wheels.  It is also furnished with an automatic transmission, air brakes, and a hydraulic dump bed which is new territory for diesel students.  Students will diagnose the engine issues with the auxiliary motor and familiarize themselves with unique electronic technology. 

Cumberland Perry AVTS is grateful for all the generous community support received to educate the future workforce!

Instructor Spotlight - Mr. Funk, Automotive Technology I

Mr. Funk was welcomed to CPAVTS On March 17, 2020, which was the first day of COVID shutdown at CPAVTS.  He is excited to teach a full class of automotive technology students hopefully soon!  Here is what he shared regarding his new teaching position:

What did you do before coming to work at Cumberland Perry AVTS?


Mr. Funk started his automotive career working at Apple Subaru and worked his way to a Subaru Master Technician.  He then expanded his career at the Manheim Auto Auction and from there he was recruited by Volkswagen as a technician. 


What made you decide you wanted to teach?


Mr. Funk has had family ties to teaching and he always knew he wanted to be a teacher, but he originally wanted be a music teacher.


How has your first year been?


Mr. Funk has had a good building year with writing curriculum due to COVID-19, but he is anxious for a classroom full of students hopefully sooner than later.


What part of the curriculum are you looking most forward to teaching?


Electrical wiring diagrams, bread boards, OHMS, and electrical diagnostics is what Mr. Funk is enthused to share with level I Automotive students. 


What’s the most important thing you hope to impart on your students?


Mr. Funk wants his students to always learn as the automotive field is always changing from carbureted cars to fully electric cars that are hitting the market now, change is inevitable.  

Susquenita & CPAVTS ALUMNI - Captain Marty Erdossy, U. S. Navy Retired

(ARTICLE CREDIT- Mr. John Rubisch)

Marty Erdossy was raised in Marysville where he spent his teen years working in his family’s service station. Before graduating from

Susquenita High School in 1971,

he spilt his school day between the college preparatory curriculum and the inaugural class of the Cumberland and Perry Area Vocational Technical School’s Automotive Technology course. Marty attributes his professional success to this perfect blend of the rigor of academics and practical hands-on vocational experience.

He began his Navy career as an enlisted Aviation Machinist Mate performing maintenance on various jet aircraft in Training Squadron Ten in Pensacola, Florida. After a few years, he was selected for the Naval Enlisted Scientific Education Program where he attended the University of Louisville attaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Commission as a U. S Navy Ensign in 1978. He then earned his Naval Aviator “Wings of Gold” and became an E-2C Hawkeye Airborne Early Warning aircraft pilot and spent much of the next fifteen years flying from the decks of our Navy’s aircraft carriers during the Cold War and several combat operations in the middle east. Marty was also trained as a test pilot at Patuxent River, Maryland. After learning the science and engineering necessary to evaluate an aircraft’s flying qualities and performance, he conducted a variety of flight test and carrier suitability projects for various Navy aircraft. 

His responsibilities continued to grow and in 1992, he became the Commanding Officer of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Fifteen (VAW-115) onboard the USS Independence home ported in Yokosuka, Japan.  In 1995, he was selected for the Naval Nuclear Power program which included two years of master’s degree level education in mathematics, physics, chemistry and reactor operations. This training is a prerequisite for assignment as Commanding Officer of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. Upon completion he was assigned as the Executive Officer of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 73).  He then served as Commanding Officer of the Fast Combat Support Ship, USS Arctic (AOE-8).  Captain Erdossy’s ultimate responsibility and his greatest reward was serving as the Commanding Officer of the USS George Washington (CVN 73). Responsible for every aspect of the operation of the ship and its two nuclear reactors, he guided over 5000 ship and air wing personnel through two very successful deployments in support of combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Staff assignments included Pentagon tours serving as the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations Director of Anti-Terrorism and Force Protection, the Requirements Officer for Aircraft Carrier Programs, and the Requirements Officer for Naval Tactical Data Links. After ten cruises and over five thousand flight hours in over thirty different types of aircraft, he retired from the U. S. Navy in November of 2005. During his career Captain Erdossy was awarded the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal along with numerous other unit and campaign awards. 

After leaving the Naval Service, Marty has continued to support the Navy’s aircraft carrier programs as a contractor and most recently as the Director of Aircraft Carrier Program Customer Relations for Huntington Ingalls Industries.  Marty and his wife of nearly 50 years, Joyce live in Northern Virginia.  The Erdossy’s have two incredible sons and four grandchildren.

Catching Up With...Jake Barrick, Class of '17

When Welding Alumni Jake Barrick stopped into CPAVTS to talk to current students about job opportuntities, we could resist the chance to see what he has been up to in his field! 

He was gracious enough to give us some highlights to feature. 


Describe the company or industry in which you currently work.

“I am currently working for Waggoner Construction. I perform Fabrication and Millwright Division (Welding).”


What is your job title and what do you do?

“I am the Assistant Project Manager.”


What other employment have you had related to your program areas at CPAVTS?

 “I worked for Amsted Rail doing Welding before Waggoner.”


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

“Yes, it definitely did. Keith Hammond is an excellent Instructor.”


How was Cumberland Perry different than your regular high school?

“It is a much more laid back environment, and you get that one-on-one instruction which is important for hands-on skills.”


How has your industry changed?

“Learning construction and structural drawings prior to graduation is very important for going into the workforce.”


What is your favorite CPAVTS memory?

“When Mr. Hammond would let me help run the shop like a foreman.”

Virtual Preschool Program at CPAVTS

CPAVTS Early Childhood Education has had to significantly transform their preschool curriculum to meet the virtual world of remote learning!  Cumberland Perry AVTS offers Tuesday through Thursday virtual preschool to families during COVID-19, where parents and preschoolers join a Google meet invite for the day by CPAVTS instructor, Ms. Reitzel.  

CPAVTS preschool teachers, must plan their lessons and activities accordingly to ensure participation.  On Mondays and Fridays, the preschool teachers prepare packages for parent pick-up with materials, lessons, and art supplies for the next week of virtual learning.  Student, preschool teachers, are able to teach the usual curriculum such as Dental week, Valentines fun, and Fire Safety to the preschoolers but must adjust the lessons accordingly to correspond with technology and adult assistance. Some elements stayed the same despite the change to virtual like preschoolers still get to sing their favorite songs to “days of the week, the weather, and saying goodbye song”.

Preschool senior teachers, Marianna and Ericka, have found it harder to teach virtually since they cannot assist with hands on instruction and it is sometimes harder to keep their audience attention.  Technology issues seem to be concerns with three to five year olds; ensuring background noise is minimal, utilizing Google classroom with a tech savvy adult, and keeping preschoolers attentive. 

The teachers do find it easier with teaching a virtual class since there isn’t discipline issues to report, the class size is smaller, and it is 30 minutes of circle time, and a brief lesson on Google classroom.  Everyone is learning new avenues and teaching platforms with remote learning, due to COVID-19.  Teaching preschoolers via Google may not be the most desired method, but it is still making learning fun and giving students the opportunity to see their preschool friends and learn even if it’s on a screen.