Open House at Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) in Willow Grove is Sunday, March 5, 2017 from 1 – 3:30 p.m. This is a great opportunity for parents of high school students in Eastern Montgomery County to see how EASTERN can give students a competitive edge in college or in a specialized career program. At the Open House parents and students will learn how EASTERN students can earn college credits while still in high school through dual enrollment and articulation agreements, and enjoy learning in a hands-on setting. The Open House also offers an opportunity to hear from EASTERN instructors on the business environment that complements students’ high school academics. Guests will also learn about EASTERN’s Student Warranty. Many special activities in EASTERN’s career programs are scheduled, and visitors will have the opportunity to sample culinary delights prepared by EASTERN’s Culinary Arts students.
The Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) faculty and staff members held a pajama and book drive throughout the months of November and December to benefit the Pajama Program. They collected 71 pairs of pajamas and 25 books to benefit children in need during the winter season. EASTERN extends a huge debt of gratitude to its generous staff, instructors, administration and to two substantial donations made by local anonymous supporters.
The Pajama Program collection has been a holiday tradition at EASTERN for many years, beginning with the efforts of Ellen Ainge, who retired in 2010. The collection has continued due to the overwhelming response of staff and instructors.
On December 15, 2016, Mark Zaslavsky, Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Protective Services Instructor, provided his students with National Incident System/Incident Command System training, including a table top exercise reflecting real world natural and man-made scenarios.
Students were broken into collaborative groups and role-played as first responders to include: Police, Fire, EMS (medical professionals), as well as support and government positions such as Public Works, Emergency Management Coordinator, hospital and public affairs officers. They designed plans, organized logistics and administrative support and then executed their plan, as well as adapted it once the table top exercise began. Students worked together to resolve crises and discussed each situation to most effectively manage the situation and protect the public.
On November 16-18, 2016, a delegation of 40 SkillsUSA students and four advisors participated in the Annual District 2 Career and Technical Student Organization’s Leadership Conference at the Pocono Manor Resort. Approximately 200 students from seven different career and technical centers from Bucks, Delaware and Montgomery Counties attended the conference. EASTERN students achieved 28 awards for first place, 20 for second place and 19 awards for third place. Awards of special note include:
First Place Winner – Door Sign – Jenna Cubernot, Commercial Art/Hatboro-Horsham High School.
Second Place Winner – Two Minute Speech – Kaitlin Jensen, Commercial Art/Abington High School.
Congratulations to all student leaders from EASTERN who were selected by their instructors to participate in this prestigious event:
- Student from Allied Health – Emily Cantrell, Madison Cunnane, Madison Mull, and Kaitlin Kelly.
- Students from Automotive Technology – Chris McDermott and Charles Martin.
- Students from Commercial Art – Leslie Sandoval-Rivera, Kaitlin Jensen, Nicole Esola, Jenna Cubernot, Rachel Curry, Rachael Forbes, Kelly Klaski, and Liyenne Lee.
- Students from Computer Network Administration – Brad DeMarco, Jacob Neulight, and Abigail Martin.
- Students from Cosmetology – Zoe Campbell and Chelsey West.
- Students from Culinary Arts – Rovisa Fox, Raegan Gabage, Emmitt Smith, Hanna Long, Kendi Butts-Burrell, Dakota French, and Ismaeel Kasumu.
- Student from Collision Repair Technology – Andy Cardoso.
- Students from Electrical Technology – Cody Mastalski, William Schmidt, Fred Fox, Justin Smith, Jacob Mueller, and Bobby Nagle.
- Students from Office Management – Daniel Focht, Daniel Fair, Jessica Lademann, and Anthony Sleptsov.
- Students from Protective Services – Carina Carlin and Jared Stevenson.
- Student from Welding Technology – Alexander Bermudez.
Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2014 Computer Network Administration/Springfield Township High School graduate, Juan Paolo Figueras (Paolo) is currently studying Computer Engineering at Penn State Abington and plans to matriculate to Temple University next year to complete his degree.
While attending EASTERN’s Computer Network Administration program in high school, Paolo was chosen as the September 2013 Student of the Month. He was also chosen as one of only 25 students selected throughout the nation to participate in the Congress-Bundestag program. The Congress-Bundestag Vocational Scholarship provides an opportunity for U.S. high school graduates who have undertaken vocational training to spend their 13th year abroad pursuing their vocational interests. This scholarship is provided through NACEL Open Door, Inc. Nacel Open Door, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to international understanding and language education. After extensive German language training, Paolo was placed in an internship at Targot Bank as Desktop Support.
Paolo took advantage of the dual enrollment partnership between EASTERN’s Computer Network Administration program and Montgomery County Community College in which Paolo earned 12 transferable college credits while still in high school.
Elmwood Park Zoo representatives visited the Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Veterinary Science program on October 26, 2016 during the morning and afternoon sessions. Students had the opportunity to see and learn more about red-tailed hawks, striped skunks, and could even touch a six-foot boa constrictor snake.
According to Elmwood Park Zoo, red-tailed hawks live in coniferous and deciduous forests as well as tropical forests. They also inhabit open areas such as swamps, deserts, tundra, plains and agricultural fields. Skunks are very adaptable creatures that can live in a variety of habitats including mixed woods and brush land. The boa constrictor snake is native to the tropical forests of Central and South America. They prefer warm, humid environments. As a capable swimmer, they are also found along rivers and streams.
Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2015 Culinary Arts/Springfield High School graduate, Christine Fariss, is in her second year at The Culinary Arts Institute at Montgomery County Community College’s (MCCC). She also works as an Hors d’oeuvre Chef for the Manor at Prophecy Creek Park, a popular and scenic wedding venue located in Ambler, PA.
Having achieved a place on the MCCC Dean’s List each semester, she is now a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the National Honor Society for Community Colleges. In 2015, she received MCCC’s Rising Star Female Chef Culinary Scholarship. After obtaining her Associate degree from MCCC, she hopes to join the United States Coast Guard as a Cook, or to continue pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary Arts.
Christine first became interested in the culinary field as a child when she would help prepare dinner for her family. As her cooking skills improved, she decided that she wanted to dig deeper into the culinary field and try new cuisines. Her education at EASTERN helped her to expand her cooking and baking skills and helped her to develop career goals in the culinary field.
“EASTERN helped me prepare for college by providing me with a great base knowledge of a commercial kitchen – providing me with me a huge edge over my classmates who hadn’t gone to a career and technical high school. Because of this knowledge, I was able to gain confidence in my skills in the kitchen,” said Christine. “EASTERN helped shape me into a well-rounded cook.”
EASTERN’s Culinary Arts program enables students to acquire a variety of skills including soup and sauce preparation, preparation of meat, fish and poultry entrees, baking, kitchen sanitation, purchasing and inventory controls.
Jason Hammer, 2016 graduate of the Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Welding Technology/Abington High School, visited EASTERN on October 31, 2016 to speak to current Welding Technology students about his experiences at EASTERN and how they prepared him for his current position as a Fabrication Welder at Havis, Inc. in Warminster. Jason is also sponsoring an award for a 2017 EASTERN graduate at the annual Awards Night ceremony in May to give back the school that prepared him for his career.
During his time at EASTERN, Jason was a student ambassador and spoke to parents and potential students at many recruitment events. At Awards Night in May 2016, he was honored with the Scully Welding Award and the Catherman Award. He was the student representative for the Welding Technology Occupational Advisory Committee, a group of individuals from local business and industry who help EASTERN teachers and administrators to define curriculum and tools for each program.