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EASTERN’s Summer Fun Parents’ Day

Eastern Center of Arts and Technology’s (EASTERN) Summer Fun program concluded on ParentsDay1July 17, 2015. EASTERN welcomed parents and family members from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Students from Junior Chef and Pastry Boss made free cookies for parents and family members. Looking Good students styled their parents hair and painted their nails. All Summer Fun programs involved the parents in the last day of events. Once families were finished, they traveled to other classrooms.

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Parents day is a great opportunity for the middle school students to show off their new skills. Some of the students learned how to style hair, paint nails, cook various foods, bake pastries, become CPR certified, repair car body damage, photograph portraits, take fingerprints, create video games, construct a small wall, install plumbing, work with paint, etc.

The three-week program is a preview of what the courses have to offer during the year. Based on student and parent surveys, many students will return next year to participate in the 2016 Summer Fun program and other students asked for more information about the programs offered to high school students. If parents had any questions, pamphlets were being distributed at the information desk and administrators were in the hallways to answer questions.
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EASTERN’s Organizational Advancement Intern

KatelynSminkKatelyn Smink, of Hatfield, is interning at Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN). She is assisting the current Organizational Advancement Director, Amy Shields, from July through August 2015. Her responsibilities will include EASTERN’s recruitment campaign, student mailings, news releases, social media and website updates, and facility tours.

Ms. Smink graduated from North Penn High School in 2012. She is currently a senior at Pennsylvania State University pursuing a Marketing degree. Ms. Smink transitioned from Penn State Abington to Penn State Main.

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World of Construction Bridges HVAC, Electrical, and Construction

The Summer Fun, World of Construction class at Eastern Center for Arts and Technology WorldOfConstruction2(EASTERN) in Willow Grove just completed their summer session. The program ran from June 29 to July 17. Students in the World of Construction Summer Fun program learn Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC), electrical, and construction. It is important for them to understand all three. A lot of students have trouble deciding between the three, so this course is a great alternative to only choosing one. The World of
Construction student leaves the class with a lot of foundational experience.

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Computer Art and Digital Photography Program Brings Dead to Life

CADP1The Summer Fun, Computer Art and Digital Photography class at Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) in Willow Grove has completed their summer session. The three week program ran from June 29 to July 17. Last week the Computer Art and Digital Photography students digitally illustrated themselves as zombies. Once they were done creating these images, they digitally illustrated famous people as zombies using Adobe Illustrator. These images are being displayed on the billboard outside of their classroom. When faculty and staff walk by, they are thrown into a different universe. Scared to approach the classroom, they cower in fear and walk away. They do not want to be eaten or worse, turned into a zombie.

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EASTERN’s Summer Fun Pastry Boss Class Conducts Cupcake Wars

The Summer Fun Pastry Boss class at Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) CupcakeCrusadersin Willow Grove held a Cupcake War competition on July 10, 2015. Students worked in groups of approximately four students each, and baked and designed three varieties of cupcakes. The winners were the Cupcake Crusaders – Nicole Foran from Abington Junior High School, Adrian Dinnall from McFatter Technical High School, Chris Egan from Hatboro-Horsham High School, and Alex Turner from Abington Junior High School.

Kelly Knorr, the Summer Fun Pastry Boss instructor and 2003 EASTERN Culinary Arts/Upper Moreland High School graduate, was confident that her students were ready for a little friendly competition, so she added Cupcake Wars to the curriculum.

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EASTERN Instructor Spotlight: George Stahl

GeorgeStahlGeorge Stahl started in 2006 as the Eastern Center for Arts and Technology’s (EASTERN) Instructional Aide in Automotive Technology, working with Automotive Technology instructor, John McDonald. During the 2014-2015 school year, George Stahl became the long-term substitute Automotive Technology instructor at EASTERN. He is also the Automotive and Collision Repair Summer Fun teacher.

As EASTERN’s long-term substitute Automotive Technology instructor, Stahl is looking forward to teaching returning and new students. He plans to rework the curriculum to make it more technologybased.

Stahl has a great deal of experience in the field. He has been an ASE Master Technician for 26 years and worked at Reed Chevrolet in Langhorne. Stahl has an Associate’s Degree from Bucks County Community College and hopes to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. His past has brought him here today. Education has played a huge role in his life. He was an instructor and training officer in fire services for over thirty-three years. He enjoys teaching and has always wanted to end up in  classroom providing hands-on experience. Stahl says, “I love when a student picks it up and goes forward with it. I
love seeing the kids participate and learn.”

Automotive Technology at EASTERN is designed for students who are serious about working in the automotive industry. The curriculum, facility and instructor are National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certified Partners with the Automotive Youth Educational Systems Program (A-YES) to provide qualified juniors with experiences at participating dealerships and paid summer internships.

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Culinary Arts Grad Receives American Culinary Federation Award

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2015 Culinary Arts/Springfield High ChristineFarissSchool graduate, Christine Fariss, is the recipient of The American Culinary Federation (ACF) Philadelphia Chapter scholarship for Excellence in Culinary Education. She was made aware of this award through her EASTERN Culinary Art Instructor, Chef Joel Marucheck.

The ACF Philadelphia Chapter awarded two scholarships to students attending culinary school. These scholarships are good for attendance in any certificate or degree program at any post-secondary culinary schools. Christine was required to complete an online application form and provide two recommendations. Christine was selected for this prestigious award in June and plans to attend Montgomery County Community College in the fall for an associate’s degree in Culinary Arts.

At EASTERN’s Awards Night in May, Christine was the recipient of the Zwilling J. A. Henckles Award, and was recognized for receiving the third place medal for Related Technical Math at the SkillsUSA District 2 Competition.

“I appreciate the head start in the culinary field that I received from EASTERN,” said Christine. “I have learned a great deal from my instructors, and I look forward to furthering my education.”

She is currently working at Greenberg’s Bakery in Oreland. She plans to continue with a career in the culinary field after graduating from college.

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EASTERN’s CSI Students Suit Up with Upper Moreland Fire Dept.

UMFireDept1The Summer Fun Crime Scene Investigation class at Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) in Willow Grove were given the opportunity to use a professional hydraulic cutter on a scrap vehicle under the direction of the Upper Moreland Township Fire Department on July 9, 2015. Hydraulic cutters are used by emergency rescue personnel to assist in vehicle extrication of crash victims, as well as other rescues from small spaces.
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