GOH supports VO Tech school

CPI holds awards, graduation ceremonies

June 13, 2013
By VANA DAINTY , For The Express

BELLEFONTE – Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology (CPI) held its awards and graduation for the seniors enrolled in its many programs.

There were 126 seniors who participated in 19 different programs. They are from Bald Eagle, Bellefonte and Penns Valley School Districts.

The students graduating from the various programs have spent a half day, each school day, for the last three years at CPI learning the program of their choice. The variety of programs reaches beyond the normal vo-tech school programs. Many of CPI’s students continue their education through college or further certifications in the career path they have chosen.

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Dan Hawbaker, CEO of Glenn O. Hawbaker, and Kurtis Packer. Dan Hawbaker presented Kurtis with the Glenn O Hawbaker Memorial Award.

Henry Yeagley, the Joint Operating Committee chairperson, told the students, “You are all entering a new chapter of your lives and will be going separate ways, down the paths of excitement and productive careers. My advice for you all is to do good work, have fun along the way and make a little money.” (The Joint Operating Committee is made of up two school board members from each of the three participating districts.)

Yeagley also said, “The largest growing professions are in the skills, and technology fields are some of the highest paying. The students in many of these fields will not be starting their careers with large student loans.”

There were a total of 13 school wide awards given to the students. Bald Eagle students took seven of the 13 awards including CPI Outstanding Student Award. This award went to Loren M. Newman, a Medical Science Technology major. She also was awarded the Outstanding Student of the Medical Science program. The CPI Outstanding Student Award includes a $1,000 check and plaque. The award is sponsored by Reliance Bank.

Dan Hawbaker, CEO of Glenn O. Hawbaker Company, is a big supporter of CPI and the opportunities it provides for students. Dan was in attendance and presented an award to Kurtis Packer, a student in the Heavy Equipment Operation program. The award is in memory of his father Glenn O Hawbaker. Kurtis is a Penns Valley student.

The students who took part in ceremony will be graduating from their perspective schools in the upcoming week.