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Culinary Arts Grad Receives Rising Star Female Chef Scholarship

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2015 Culinary Arts/Springfield HighChristineFariss1 School graduate, Christine Fariss, is the recipient of the Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) Rising Star Female Chef Culinary Scholarship. As the recipient of this prestigious award, Christine will receive a scholarship to cover the cost of a 13-credit course load for the 2015 fall semester.

The Rising Star Female Chef Culinary Scholarship application was made available earlier this summer to 2015 high school graduates with a minimum of 2.5 GPA, and a culinary arts background. The top two candidates chosen by the scholarship selection committee met with the Director of MCCC’s Culinary Arts Institute for an interview.

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.

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EASTERN Welcomes New Instructors

Deb Bergmann – Allied Health Instructor

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Ms. Bergmann

Deb Bergmann joined EASTERN in September 2015 as the Allied Health Instructor. She has been working for EASTERN in the Practical Nursing Department for adult students for eight years.  As a Practical Nursing Instructor, Bergmann presented a women’s safety presentation to the Allied Health class, and enjoyed the interaction with students. In June 2015, the Allied Health Instructor position opened up and she thought that it would be a great opportunity for her to share her experiences and help mentor students who wanted to pursue a career in the healthcare field. She brings a great deal of healthcare experience to EASTERN, including over 24 years in the field. She has worked as a supervisor and teacher of the Practical Nursing program. She received her Associates in Nursing from Frankford Hospital School of Nursing, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Immaculata University.

 

 

 

 

Tyrone Tate – Protective Services Instructor

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Mr. Tate

Tyrone Tate joined EASTERN in September 2015 as the Protective Services Instructor. Tate brings a great deal of law enforcement experience to EASTERN, including over twenty years of investigative services. His most recent position was as the Chief Detective for the Montgomery County Public Defender’s Office. His natural passion for teaching stems from his involvement with the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program. He taught effective peer resistance and refusal skills to adolescents so they could say no to drugs.  He taught for the D.A.R.E. program for over six years. Tate graduated from Albright College with a Bachelors of Criminal Justice. He has an Associates of Applied Science of Criminal Justice at Montgomery County Community College. While in the field, he received three PA State Police certifications and three Federal Bureau of Investigation certifications.

 

 

 

 

Hayley Granacher – Culinary Arts Instructor

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Chef Granacher

In September 2015, Hayley Granacher was selected as Culinary Arts Instructor for EASTERN. Granacher joined EASTERN in 2013, as a Culinary Arts Instructional Aide, in which she assisted the Culinary Arts instructors during lessons, taught baking and pastry arts, and worked with students who were in need of additional support. In her role as Culinary Arts Instructor, where she will co-teach and plan yearly curriculum with Chef Gary Albert.  In addition to her teaching position at EASTERN, Granacher also works at Top of the Hill Cafe and Bredenbeck’s Bakery, both located in Philadelphia. Granacher received her Associate of Applied Science at the Pennsylvania College of Technology School of Hospitality, majoring in Baking and Pastry Arts, and she received her Bachelor of Science from Penn State University’s College of Education, majoring in Workforce Education and Development.

 

 

 

 

George Stahl – Automotive Technology Long-term Substitute Instructor

Mr. Stahl, Automotive Technology aide.

Mr. Stahl

George Stahl started in 2006 as EASTERN’s Instructional Aide in Automotive Technology. 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 technology-based. 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 Degree in Education.

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Student Success – SkillsUSA Officer Training

skillsUSAOfficerTrainingEastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) held their annual SkillsUSA school-wide officer training session on July 29, 2015. Since there are different officers in the morning and afternoon sessions, this training session allowed the students to meet one another. During the meeting, EASTERN’s SkillsUSA Advisors, Nicole Mohrey and Karon Crickmore talked about the students’ roles and responsibilities, went over school events, finalized the schedule and enjoyed lunch together.

Every year, SkillsUSA selects a different initiative. The officers fundraise and plan events for a charity chosen by SkillsUSA District 2. The initiative for the 2015-2016 year is the Ronald McDonald House; a place that allows parents to stay at little or no cost and communicate with their child’s medical team while their child receives medical treatment.

Newly elected officers are excited for this upcoming year. Some are nervous about their responsibilities, but they are confident that they will be able to do a great job. Hannah Collins, Vice President of the p.m. session, said, “I am excited to be a school-wide officer. It is a great opportunity and a great way to finish off my senior year.” By taking on a lot of responsibility and getting great experience, officers leave this organization with leadership and teamwork skills.

The election process is simple; teachers nominate students. This seems to be working because teachers know the roles and responsibilities of each position. They will continue using this election process next year.

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Inside EASTERN – Renovations Underway

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EASTERN’s Updated Cosmetology Program

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) is getting a face lift. Renovations began in June 2015. They are providing their students with a state-of-the-art Cosmetology department, a new Allied Health department, and are going to provide handicap accessible bathrooms to the student body. All projects will be completed by the end of August.

“Cosmetology was last renovated in 1986. We are now providing our students with a 2015 salon atmosphere,” said Tom Allen, EASTERN’s Executive Director.

Even though the Cosmetology program is very popular at EASTERN, once parents and students see the final project, Mr. Allen believes more people will be interested in the program because of the enhanced facility.

The renovations do not stop there. EASTERN is working on several projects to modernize their facility. They will continue offering high quality career and technical programs, but now with a more modern landscape. In September 2016, EASTERN will offer Veterinary Science. In order to introduce the program to the public at the Open House in late February, EASTERN will renovate the old Landscape Contracting building in the fall of 2015. They also plan to refurbish the entrance ramp at the rear of the building, repair the ventilation system in the Welding Technology program, install a welding gas manifold system, and install new HVAC controls throughout the building.

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EASTERN Foundation Annual Fundraiser & Murder Mystery

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November 6, 2015 from 6 – 9 p.m., the Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Foundation will hold their annual fundraiser at their facility at 3075 Terwood Road in Willow Grove. This year, a silent auction will be held along with an exciting and interactive murder mystery, The Golden Girls, presented by Without a Cue Productions – an extremely talented group of professional actors. There will also be fun-filled country fair games of skill. Admission to the event is $45 per person or $80 per couple, and includes the murder mystery, appetizers, dessert, items for auction, and live music.

We are also offering advertisement space within our program. If you would like to purchase space, a business card advertisement costs $45, a half-page advertisement costs $80 and a full page is $150.  The advertisement deadline for submissions is October 16, 2015.

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EASTERN Instructor Spotlight: Hayley Granacher

Hayley Granacher has been selected as Culinary Arts Instructor for Eastern Center for Arts HayleyGranacherand Technology (EASTERN) beginning September 2015. Granacher joined EASTERN in 2013, as a Culinary Arts Instructional Aide, in which she assisted the Culinary Arts instructors during lessons, taught baking and pastry arts, and worked with students who were in need of additional support. In her role as Culinary Arts Instructor, she will co-teach and plan yearly curriculum with Chef Gary Albert.

In addition to her teaching position at EASTERN, Granacher also works at Top of the Hill Cafe and Bredenbeck’s Bakery, both located in Philadelphia. Prior to EASTERN, Granacher was a substitute Culinary Arts Instructor at North Montco Technical Career Center.

“I am really looking forward to my new role as a Culinary Arts Instructor,” said Granacher. “Baking and teaching are my two passions, so this is a great opportunity for me. Working as the Culinary Arts Instructional Aide for the past two years has really prepared me for this next step.”

Granacher received her Associate of Applied Science at the Pennsylvania College of Technology School of Hospitality, majoring in Baking and Pastry Arts, and she received her Bachelor of Science from Penn State University’s College of Education, majoring in Workforce Education and Development.

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.

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EASTERN’s Instructor Spotlight: Deb Bergmann

Deb Bergmann will join Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) in September DebBergmann2015 as the new Allied Health Instructor. She has been working for EASTERN in the Practical Nursing Department for adult students for eight years. As a Practical Nursing Instructor, she gave a female safety presentation to the high school Allied Health class, which was under the direction of Linda Kalita. In June 2015, the Allied Health Instructor position opened up upon Kalita’s retirement, and Bergmann thought that it would be a great opportunity for her. She brings a great deal of healthcare experience to EASTERN, including over 24 years in the field. She has worked as a supervisor and teacher of the LPN
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EASTERN’s Practical Nursing Program: The Heart of Healthcare

The Eastern Center for Arts and Technology’s (EASTERN) Practical Nursing program is designed to prepare qualified individuals for a career in Practical Nursing. It is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing, and accredited by the Middle States Commission of Secondary Schools. There are full-time and part-time class options available to accommodate busy lifestyles.

CarolDuellThe full-time program runs one-year, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The part-time program runs two years, two evenings a week from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and every other Saturday and Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The next full-time class begins September 2015. The next part-time class begins October 2015.

“EASTERN’s Practical Nursing program tuition is the lowest in the Greater Philadelphia area. The need for LPNs in Pennsylvania is predicted to grow into 2025 due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the aging population,” said Carol Duell, EASTERN’s Practical Nursing Program Coordinator. Mrs. Duell has been the Practical Nursing Program Coordinator for more than eight years. Her professional experiences include administrator, educator and nurse.

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