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2015-16 Enrollment Forms Are Now Available!

Please print and complete the enrollment form and return it to your high school counselor or to EASTERN.

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Comprehensive Planning 2015 – 2021: Strategic Plan Final Report

Strategic Plan Final Report CoverThe Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Strategic Plan was developed to integrate the requirements, needs and perspectives of a number of plans required of EASTERN, including the state-mandated Comprehensive Plan, Middle States Accreditation, Technology Plan and Professional Development/Induction Plan.

At the start of the 2013-2014 school year, EASTERN embarked on its fourth strategic planning process.  The planning process involved the cooperative efforts of the Joint Operating Committee, EASTERN and participating school district administration, staff, students, business and community stakeholders.

Initial work accomplished by eight teams revealed the many strengths and accomplishments of EASTERN, In addition, several potential challenges emerged. Building on this foundation, a diverse group of 30 stakeholders were charged with developing goals and initiatives during a planning retreat held on October 30, 2014. The outcome of the planning retreat lead to the school’s 2015-2021 Strategic Plan.

The final plan is currently under a 28 day review.  All comments should be forwarded to Joseph Greb, EASTERN’s Assistant Director, at jgreb@eastech.org.

The final Strategic Planning report can be found here.

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Welding Technology Students See Mobile Biofuel Processing Vehicle

On May 13, 2015, Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Welding BiofuelPicTechnology students had the unique opportunity to get a firsthand look at a mobile biofuel processing vehicle. Portable biofuel processing units can produce gallons of high value bio-oil each day. The mobility of this bio-oil production vehicle has numerous advantages, as it arrives ready to produce fuel and it can operate in any location – such as farms. One tanker truck of the pyrolytic oil produced by the mobile unit has the same Btu value as 22
truckloads of the biomass used to produce it, so, converting at the farm has a significant positive effect to the economics of renewable fuels.

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EASTERN Alumni Spotlight – Donna (Giordano) Lanzetta

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 1977 Cosmetology/Upper Moreland DonnaLanzettaHigh School graduate, Donna Lanzetta, is the owner and operator of Aerodrome Hair Salon in Hatboro, a high-end salon that has been in Hatboro for 30 years. For the past 20 years it has been located at 127 S. York Rd, Hatboro, PA 19040.

After graduation from EASTERN and Upper Moreland, Lanzetta worked in the cosmetology field for 10 years before opening Aerodrome Hair Salon, while taking advanced certification classes each year in London. She maintains a cosmetology teaching license as a benefit to new employees starting at her salon. There are soft skills beyond the Pennsylvania State Board of Cosmetology licensure that Lanzetta requires before new employees can begin working with clients at Aerodrome. All new employees undergo a one-month probationary period. Once complete they begin an apprenticeship where Lanzetta personally trains them. She also travels with her employees once a year for advanced education to learn new techniques.

“In my experience, the new hires I get from EASTERN are far superior to graduates who come from private cosmetology schools,” said Lanzetta. “EASTERN teaches their students the soft skills necessary to work in a salon, such as professionalism, eye contact, attentiveness to the client, and to put the cell phone away.”

EASTERN’s Cosmetology program will provide the skills necessary to begin a career in the
cosmetology field. In Pennsylvania, as well as other states, cosmetologists and nail technicians must be licensed to practice in the field. For more information on EASTERN’s Cosmetology, please visit www.eastech.org/eastern-programs/cos/.

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EASTERN Events – Gearing up for Awards Night 2015

EASTERN’s Award Night  will be held Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 7 p.m. at Upper Moreland High School. Last year, 138 students were recognized for their achievements with $42,365 awarded in the form of scholarships, tools of the trade, plaques, certificates and checks. Awards Night recognizes students who are on the Honor Roll, Students of the Month through the year, medal winners at SkillsUSA District and State Competitions, winners of special end-of-year awards, and those who have Perfect Attendance.

EASTERN is pleased to announce that several new awards have been instituted for this year’s Awards Night such as the Gabe Tayar Memorial Award for a Culinary Arts student sponsored by the Tayar family, and the Thompson Toyota, and Conicelli Honda Automotive awards sponsored by each dealership.

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Information Exchange 2015: Rep. Tom Murt partners with EASTERN

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) was pleased to partner with Pennsylvania State Representative Thomas Murt on Wednesday, April 29 for an Information Exchange session, which included six EASTERN program instructors and local business and industry representatives in their correlating field. The luncheon for this event was prepared by EASTERN’s Culinary Arts students and sponsored by Centric Bank.

EASTERN instructors shared education curricula for five areas of concentration – Automotive Technology, Construction Technology, Cosmetology, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, and Protective Services. Local business leaders discussed the attributes and skills needed for a new employee in their business. Local business partners included Jamie Brett, O’Neil Collision Center; Donna Lanzetta, Aerodrome Hair Salon; Dave Nonnenman, RDN Renovations; Steve Stauffer, One Hour Air Conditioning and Heating,; and Lieutenant Timothy Troxell, Upper Moreland Police Department, and Andrea Ahern, Vice President of Centric Bank.

InfoExch2015“I would like to thank Representative Murt and his Legislative Aide, Bill Dixon, for their work in making this event possible,” said Tom Allen, EASTERN’s Executive Director. “It is important for us to constantly make new connections with our local business community to benefit our students. We appreciate Representative Murt’s assistance and support in making this event so successful and beneficial for us.”

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Inside EASTERN – E-Newsletter Receives PenSPRA Award

EASTERN is proud to announce that our E-Newsletter was recently presented with the Award of Honor from the Pennsylvania School Pubic Relations Association (PenSPRA). Each year, PenSPRA selects the best of the best in various communications and media areas, such as electronic newsletter, Annual Reports, Social Media sites and school web sites.

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EASTERN Alumni Spotlight: Juan Paolo Figueras

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2014 Computer Network
Administration/Springfield High School graduate, Juan Paolo Figueras, is currently completing a year in Germany through the NACEL Open Door Congress-Bundestag Vocational Scholarship.

Juan-Paolo-FiguerasWhile Figueras was a senior in high school he applied for, interviewed for, and secured the scholarship. He went to Germany with 24 other American students and took part in an intense German language program for two months. Then after two months, they all separated and moved on to a nine month period with host families. Now, Figueras is currently working for Targobank as Desktop Support.

“The best part of this trip for me so far is being able to get an internship in the field that I am interested in and working with a lot of nice people who help me when I need it,” said Figueras. “EASTERN prepared me for this by helping me build up my self-confidence. I really believe that you have to have confidence when you get into this program. EASTERN had always made me want to step outside of my comfort zone. During my time at EASTERN, I started to become more self-competitive than ever before and learned to believe in myself. I know I can overcome any obstacles that I will face.”

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