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EASTERN Open House – Picture Your Future!

Open House at Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) in Willow Future road sign with arrowGrove 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.

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EASTERN is Gearing Up for Summer Fun 2017

Summer Fun at Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) in Willow Grove will run from June 26 to July 14, 2017. This popular three-week program is for current students in grades 6 through 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $225. Registration brochures will be sent to students at the end of March, and online registration will open April 1, 2017 at www.eastech.org/summerfun.

Summer Fun 2017 programs include Auto Mechanics & Collision Repair, Computer Art and Digital Photography, Crime Scene Investigation, Drawing and Painting, Junior Chef, Looking Good, Pastry Boss, Video Game Programming, and World of Construction.

Through EASTERN’s Summer Fun program, students get the opportunity to work with the latest technologies while having fun and learning new things. Parents and guardians of the students attending Summer Fun are invited on Friday, July 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to see a variety of activities students worked on during Summer Fun. Some of the activities include photography and art exhibits, sample foods prepared by the students, and construction projects.

EASTERN has been offering a summer enrichment opportunity for middle school students for more than 30 years. If transportation is needed, please contact your district  transportation office to see if your district can accommodate.

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EASTERN Students Win Big at SkillsUSA District Competition

Forty students from EASTERN won medals in skill areas or leadership at the SkillsUSA District Competitions held January 31 and February 1, 2017 at EASTERN’s facility in Willow Grove. First-place winners will represent EASTERN at the state-level competitions to be held April 19 – 21, 2017 in Hershey, PA. SkillsUSA is a national student leadership organization that encourages career and technical students to be productive individuals in our democratic society.

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EASTERN Programs Represent at Philadelphia Auto Show

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Automotive Technology and Collision Repair Technology programs represented, for the first time, at the Philadelphia Auto Show on Sunday, January 29, 2017. EASTERN was invited by the Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation, and was offered a table as part of the Philadelphia Auto Show’s efforts to promote career and technical education and the retail automotive industry as a wise career choice.

Raymond Panella and Nicholas Hawthorn at the EASTERN table at the Phila. Auto ShowEASTERN’s Automotive Technology Instructor, George Stahl, EASTERN’s Collision Repair Technology Instructor, Steve Parke, EASTERN’s Automotive and Collision Technology Instructional Aide, Victoria Penecale, and EASTERN’s Organizational Advancement Director, Amy Shields, represented EASTERN along with four current students. Automotive Technology program seniors, Raymond Panella and Nicholas
Hawthorn, both from Archbishop Wood High School, and Collision Repair Technology seniors, Max Goettner from Hatboro-Horsham High School and Damon Thompson from Abington High School, volunteered their time to represent their EASTERN programs.

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Allied Health and Protective Services Students Team Up

On January 25, 2017, Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Protective ALH and PRT students practicing splinting a leg.Services and Allied Health students teamed up to learn and perform a series of emergency medical skills and techniques, including the handling of medical (diabetes and anaphylactic shock) and traumatic (fractures and spinal immobilization) emergencies. Students learned proper procedures for using a long backboard, splinting fractures and maintaining an airway, breathing and circulation. Generally, both programs learn these skills in different ways. The Allied Health students learn the techniques in a hospital setting, and the Protective Services students learn skills in emergent public environments. Similar learning and skill sets were applied to the joint instruction, and students engaged in practical exercises to enhance the classroom learning and techniques.

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EASTERN Alumna Spotlight: Meghan Connolly

Meghan Connolly and Miranda Duffy with DuffyCon Productions sign.Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2006 Culinary Arts / Cheltenham High School graduate, Meghan Connolly, is co-owner of DuffyCon Productions, a local, home-based bakery, and the Pastry Chef at the prestigious Cricket Club. After graduating from Cheltenham High School and completing EASTERN’s Culinary Arts program, Connolly continued her education at The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College and decided to pursue her degree in Pastry Arts. She participated in an accelerated program at the Restaurant School and graduated with her Pastry Arts Associate Degree in 2008.

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EASTERN Faculty and Staff Support the Pajama Program

Supporting the Pajama ProgramThe 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.

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Protective Services Students Receive Emergency Management Training

On December 15, 2016, Mark Zaslavsky, Eastern Center for Arts and Technology Protective Services students receive EMT training.(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.

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