Wolf Administration Visits Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School, Highlighting PAsmart Proposal to Ensure Students are Work-Ready


Mechanicsburg, PA – Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development Eileen Cipriani today visited the Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School (AVTS) and highlighted Governor Tom Wolf’s PAsmart proposal to boost opportunities for career and technical education (CTE) and prepare students and workers to get good family-sustaining jobs.   

“Promoting CTE programs like these at Cumberland Perry AVTS ensures that we have a job-ready workforce to meet local employers’ needs,” said Cipriani. “The school works closely with local businesses to align curricula, college credit, and industry certifications to ensure that students are prepared with the necessary skills to either obtain a job upon graduation, or move smoothly into the next phase of their education.” 

 Deputy Secretary Cipriani toured some of the school’s job training programs, including the Precision Machine Technology, Horticulture, and Automotive Technology program labs.   During the tour, Cipriani visited with students working in the labs, and had the opportunity to talk with both students and instructors about how the school works to provide a seamless transition between high school, career or college.

 Staff at Cumberland Perry AVTS work closely with local businesses to develop curriculum that provides industry-relevant skills for students, and to provide students opportunities to engage with local employers. Deputy Secretary Cipriani also attended the school’s annual career fair for high school seniors that included more than 50 companies, industry partners and employers looking for new talent.  

“Cumberland Perry AVTS provides area high school students with the best deal in public education,” said school principal Dr. Lesli Shuman. “Our students spend three years in a technical program and graduate with technical skills, industry certifications, work experience, and college credits which places them ahead of their peers. Many of our students leave Cumberland Perry AVTS with full-time employment and benefits, or a semester’s worth of college credits. We are the solution to the workforce gap, and the spring board to post-secondary education and countless career pathways.”