CPI News & Events

Whether you’re an alumnus, a member of the community, or a current student, you don’t want to miss out on the many exciting activities and events taking place at CPI!

Check back to this page frequently to review CPI news, upcoming events, and important updates.

CPI to Offer 200-Hour EMT Course

Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology will offer a 200-hour EMT course that can provide individuals with the appropriate certifications to work in emergency services fields. It's through the Centre County Public Safety Training Center Emergency M    more >>>

CPI to Host Give Kids a Smile Day Event

February is Children’s Dental Awareness Month, and Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology is hosting a Give Kids a Smile Day event from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 23 at the school’s campus, 540 N. Harrison Road, Pleasant Gap.

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January Students of the Month Named

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Former Students Attribute Success to CPI's Welding Instructor, Program

Two former welding students from Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology enjoyed the post-secondary program so much that nearly a year after completion, they still come back to visit instructor Ed Finnefrock, who they attribute as a reason for their success. more >>>

Auto Tech Program Gives Students Chance to Earn Widely-Recognized Certificates, Licenses

Cody Scholl worked his way up to a managerial position at Midas just three years after completing the Automotive Technology program at Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology.

How did he get promoted so fast? Instructor Mike Sipe sai    more >>>

Q&A with Student Ethan Corman of Heavy Diesel Construction AST Degree Program

Ethan Corman is a first-year adult student in the Heavy Diesel Construction Associate in Specialized Technology degree program. The two-year program, which rolled out in August 2017, provides an emphasis with Case Construction equipment, but also offers a strong foundation to work    more >>>

CPI Offers Program to Help Meet Job Demand for Dental Assistants

Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology offers a Dental Assisting program for adult learners. It's mission is to prepare students to work in a growing field like dental assisting, and provides a foundation for students who want to further their education in ot    more >>>

Horticulture Student Holds Collection Drive for Homeless Veterans

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CPI Among First Schools to Use New Safety App

Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology is among the first institutes in the commonwealth to use a safety app called SchoolGuard that acts as an extra layer of security in times of need, according to School Resource Officer Shane Dickey.

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New Precision Machining Night Course Focuses on CNC Training

Precision machining is the practice of making items from raw material using a variety of machines. In the program at Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology, instructor Ben Detwiler said he teaches secondary and adult learners the fundamentals of manual and comput    more >>>

CPI Among Four North American Institutes Offering Program with Case Construction Equipment Emphasis

Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology is one of four institutes in North America to offer a program with an emphasis in Case Construction Equipment. That’s the diploma or Associate in Specialized Technology degree program in Heavy Diesel Construction. Star    more >>>

FFA Team Succeeds at PA Farm Show

An FFA team from Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology fared well at this year’s PA Farm Show competition held earlier this month in Harrisburg.

For the fourth year in a row, the team placed first for the Landscape Exhibit. L    more >>>

Culinary Arts Students Prepare for ProStart Competition

Students in the Culinary Arts program at Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology are preparing for a ProStart competition that tests their knowledge, creativity and passion for the food industry.

ProStart is a global initiative and c    more >>>

December Students of the Month Named

December Students of the Month were named on Jan. 11.

Vice President of Secondary Education MaryAnn Volders said students are nominated each month from October to April, by CPI instructors. A celebration will be held at the end of the year to ho    more >>>

Diesel Technology Program Sponsors Family for Christmas

Andy King doesn’t show too much compassion throughout the year, but when the holidays roll around, the Diesel Technology instructor softens up. He said his goal this year, and hopefully in the future, is to sponsor a family in need in the Head Start preschool class offered a    more >>>

CPI Hosts Blood Drive

A blood drive was held throughout the school day Wednesday, Dec. 20 at Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology. It was sponsored by Lifesource PA with help from CPI students.

Students from the Emergency Services and Medical Science p    more >>>

Chef Beckenbaugh Accepted Into Penn State’s Pro Academy

Chef Tim Beckenbaugh isn’t your ordinary chef. He admits it himself.

The longtime Culinary Arts instructor at Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology has a biology and chemistry food background, and worked at Weis     more >>>

HVAC Program Teams up with Industry Leaders to Promote Careers

Instructor Ken Hassinger has industry representatives come to his HVAC-R program at Central Pennsylvania Science and Technology as a way to help gain employment for secondary and post-secondary students. It also has the potential to benefit employers with well-trained workers. more >>>

Culinary Arts Students to Help with Annual Senior Dinner

A senior citizens’ dinner is annually held at Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology, and students from the Culinary Arts program are on hand to help get things set up. It’s all part of the program’s mission to give back, instructor Chef Tim more >>>

November Students of the Month Honored

November Students of the Month were named on Dec. 13.

Vice President of Secondary Education MaryAnn Volders said students are nominated each month from October to April, by CPI instructors. A celebration will be held at the end of the year to honor all students who     more >>>

CPI Students to Participate in National Wreaths Across America Day

Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology students in groups such as FCCLA, National Technical Honor Society and SkillsUSA will be participating in a national service project on Dec. 16.

They will be bused to the Arlington National Cem    more >>>

Tours Help Recruit Students to CPI’s Secondary Programs

A series of tours are held at Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology to help recruit students into the school’s secondary programs.

On Dec. 6, CPI hosted more than 130 eighth- and ninth-grade students that allowed them to participate in all seco    more >>>

CPI Receives Safe School Grant

A priority at CPI is relationship-building with students. So when the institute was approved for a Safe School grant, Vice President of Secondary Education MaryAnn Volders said it was the perfect opportunity to enhance programs using the school’s student resource officer.

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Marty Craine Aims to Make Carpentry Program his own

The week of Dec. 4 marked Marty Craine's fourth week as instructor of the Carpentry program at CPI, and he said he has a goal to form it into his own.

Craine, a Cambria County resident, said he wants to turn the program from a wood shop and cabin    more >>>

Yeagley Celebrated for 20 Years of Service to CPI, Scholarship Named in his Honor

Hank Yeagley is often known as Mr. CPI. After all, he served on Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology’s Joint Operating Committee for 20 years, and is credited with helping make the career technical school what it is today.

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Students Start Project for PA Farm Show

Just before Thanksgiving break, students in Horticulture and Landscaping instructor Joe Luther’s class at Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology began building a landscape and hardscape unit they plan to present at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in January. more >>>

CPI Staff to Help Make Kids’ Holiday Brighter

The Early Childhood Education program hosts a campaign every year that allows faculty and staff at Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology to make sure children served by the program get a nice holiday.

Attached to the Early Childhood classroom at CPI     more >>>

Automotive Technology Program Receives iPads to Help with Service Work

The Automotive Technology program at Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology has a few new devices to help make students’ work a little earlier.

Instructor Mike Sipe said that a purchase was made this year for about $900 for three iPads and prote    more >>>

Joe Luther is Recipient of Carl J. Schaefer Memorial Award

For the second time, an instructor at Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology has been the recipient of a national teacher of the year award through NOCTI -- National Occupational Competency Tes    more >>>

Results in for pre-NOCTI Exams That Show Student Success

Pre-NOCTI exams were administered through October, and results showed that 93 percent of Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology students scored advanced or competent on the written part of the test.

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Sponsorship Options Available for Festival of Trees

Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology is again partnering with the Centre County United Way to host the Festival of Trees in December. It’s an annual event that helps support the United Way.

This year, more than 60 trees will    more >>>

Automotive Tech Program Cleared Through Halfway Mark of Four-Year Accreditation

The Automotive Technology program at Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology is about halfway through an accreditation that sets the program apart from the rest. Last month, the program was given the thumbs up after a midway evaluation.

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FFA at CPI Placed at National Competition

The FFA team at Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology came back in October from the National FFA Competition in Indianapolis as one of the best teams in the country.

Horticulture instructor and FFA adviser Joe Luther said the team     more >>>

CPI to Honor Veterans with Breakfast

Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology is hosting a breakfast Friday morning for CPI faculty, staff and students who are veterans of the armed forces. The annual event was started about three years ago. The event will be held 7:45 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10 in the conf    more >>>

CPI Students of the Month Named for October

October Students of the Month were announced Wednesday, and 24 were honored.

Vice President of Secondary Education MaryAnn Volders said students are nominated each month from October to April, by CPI instructors. A celebration will be held at t    more >>>

New AST Degree Programs Starting This Fall

CPI is offering Associate in Specialized Technology (AST) Degree Programs in Diesel (Case emphasis), Advanced Manufacturing, and Healthcare Management - starting in August. Stop by the Adult Education Office for more information. CPI degrees are - Affordable, Accessible, Accredited!    more >>>

MA Program Performance

Per accrediting guidelines, CPI is posting its 5 year Program Performance Report for the Medical Assistant Program. Please contact the Program Coordinator (Lois Bergamaschi) for more information.    more >>>

CPI Medical Assistant Program Re-Accredited

CPI's 11 month Medical Assistant Program received notification from The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) that it was re-accredited through the Fall of 2025.

 CAAHEP accreditation allows CPI's Medical Assistants to take their Certified Med    more >>>

Request for Proposals - Alternative Education Services

The Bald Eagle, Bellefonte, and Penns Valley Area School Districts are accepting proposals for Alternative Education Services.  All proposals must be submitted in accordance with the specifications supplied in the attached Request for Proposals (RFP). The dea    more >>>

ANNUAL PUBLIC NOTICE of NONDISCRIMINATION

The Central PA Institute of Science and Technology does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age    more >>>




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