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Welding Technology Senior Provides Oxy-Fuel Cutting Demonstrations

Ricky CollinsEastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Welding Technology/Upper Moreland High School senior, Ricky Collins, provided an oxy-fuel cutting demonstration to the juniors in his Welding Technology program on September 14, 2016. Oxy-fuel cutting consists of processes that use fuel gases and oxygen to weld and cut metals.

As part of the Welding Technology program, Meghan Cicchino, Welding Technology Instructor, provides her students instruction in combination welding, fabrication, MIG welding, gas welding and cutting. She also provides her students with the professionalism to demonstrate their skills to other students or tour groups that come through the program.

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Upper Moreland Township Fire Department Visits EASTERN

Students in the Protective Services program at Eastern Center for Arts and Technology Fire Department Visit 1(EASTERN) in Willow Grove were given the opportunity to see, learn about, and try equipment on an Upper Moreland Township Fire Department truck, courtesy of Upper Moreland Township Fire Firefighter/EMT, Andrew Gerth. Mr. Gerth is also a member of the EASTERN Occupational Advisory Committee for the Protective Services program.

Fire Department Visit 2Protective Services at EASTERN is a multi-disciplined program developed in consultation with a countywide advisory committee of law enforcement, fire science, security professionals and post-secondary institutions. Curriculum includes foundations in criminal justice, firefighting, EMS and security systems. Detailed instruction is provided on leadership, criminal, motor vehicle crash and fire investigation, first responders, security systems, terrorism, firefighting, hazardous materials, and emergency communications. The program establishes a baseline for higher education leading to careers in law enforcement, firefighting, security, corrections and investigation.

“Firefighting is such a critical component of the Protective Services program,” said Mark Zaslavsky, EASTERN’s Protective Services Instructor. “It is extremely beneficial for us to have strong support from our local fire department. As a career and technical high school, our goal is to provide our students with a hands-on learning environment that assists them in preparing for a career and/or postsecondary education.”

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EASTERN Instructor Spotlight: Marketa Crane

Marketa CraneMarketa Crane began as the Office Management Long-Term Substitute Instructor at Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) in August 2016. Office Management at EASTERN is designed for high school juniors and seniors who plan to pursue a career in an office environment.

Ms. Crane has a great deal of experience teaching business, math and technology-related classes in the North Penn School District, provided private tutoring services in Math and English, worked as a Verbal Behavior Therapist at Hoban and Associates in Glenside, PA, and as a Verbal Behavior Classroom Teacher Aide in the Upper Merion School District. For 12 years prior to teaching, Ms. Crane held various positions in the business field, such as Research Analyst, Assistant Fund Manager, and Administrative Assistant.

Ms. Crane received her Bachelor of Business Administration, her Master of Science in Finance, and her PA Certification in Elementary Education from Temple University. Her teaching certifications include Business, Computers and Technology.
Office Management students study the current Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other communications technologies. Students will leave the program well-versed on creating spreadsheets; composing correspondence; managing databases; creating presentations; document management; and on the use of office machines. Important aspects of this program include office professionalism, communication skills, independent thinking, problem solving, proof reading, as well as phone and email etiquette.

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EASTERN Instructor Spotlight: Mark Zaslavsky

Mark Zaslavsky began as the Protective Services Instructor at Eastern Center for Arts and Mr. ZaslavskyTechnology (EASTERN) in August 2016.  Protective Services at EASTERN is a multi-disciplined program developed in consultation with a countywide advisory committee of law enforcement, fire science, security professionals and post-secondary institutions.  Curriculum includes foundations in criminal justice, firefighting, EMS and security systems.  Detailed instruction is provided on leadership, criminal, motor vehicle crash and fire investigation, first responders, security systems, terrorism, firefighting, hazardous materials, and emergency communications.  The program establishes a baseline for higher education leading to careers in law enforcement, firefighting, security, corrections and investigation.

Mr. Zaslavsky’s interest in a Protective Services career originated in high school.  Upon high school graduation, he entered college and graduated with a major in criminal justice and as an Army ROTC distinguished military graduate. Mr. Zaslavsky served four and a half years on active duty as Platoon Leader for the 82nd Airborne Division, Logistics Officer for the 2nd Infantry Division in S. Korea, and as Assistant Operations Officer for the 759th Military Police Battalion.  Leaving active duty, he served in various assignments including Chief of Medical Operations, Battalion Commander and Special Operations Officer.  He was mobilized into the U.S. Army from 2005-2009 serving in Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.  He received a great deal of recognition throughout his military career, such as the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, and Army Commendation Medal.  He retired from the Army/Army Reserves with 35 years 8 months of service.

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EASTERN Instructor Spotlight: Katie Smith

Katie SmithKatie Smith began as EASTERN’s Veterinary Science instructor at the Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) in August 2016. Veterinary Science is EASTERN’s newest program and focuses on the small animal care field.

When Ms. Smith was a child, her grandparents always cared for many animals, and through her experiences with these animals, she always felt as though they would hold an important place in her future. During her senior year at Bishop McDevitt High School, she decided to apply to Delaware Valley College (now University) and was accepted to their Small Animal Science program. Since that time, she has worked in many areas of the animal care industry, including positions such as vet assistant, pet sitter, veterinary nutrition products salesperson, and she also ran her own private animal rescue.

Through all of the animal care positions that she held during and after college, she felt teaching would be a great fit for her. She decided to go back to Delaware Valley College for their Teacher Certification Internship Program (TCIP) and became a certified Biology teacher. She obtained a job teaching in a career and technical school and attended Temple University’s Vocational Certification program. Prior to EASTERN, Ms. Smith taught Veterinary Sciences at Technical College High School for seven years.
Ms. Smith plans to continue her education through Temple University for her Masters of Science in Education as well as Penn Foster College to obtain her Certified Veterinary Technician licensure.

Veterinary Science at EASTERN provides the opportunity to pursue a career in the animal care industry. In this two-year half-day program, students will learn to support veterinarians by providing assistance during animal examinations; treatment administration and monitoring; managing animal and related health record information; and how to perform a range of selected practice-related duties.

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EASTERN Students Participate in SkillsUSA National Competition

SkillsUSA Nationals Chapter Display 2016Five students from Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) in Willow Grove competed in their skill areas or with their leadership proficiency at the SkillsUSA National Competitions held June 21 – 24 in Louisville, Kentucky. The EASTERN student participants placed first in the SkillsUSA State competition held in April for the Chapter Display competition. SkillsUSA is a national student leadership organization that encourages students to be productive individuals in our democratic society, work to their potential, become responsible, and be proud of their accomplishments and supportive of their community. National Competition competitors from EASTERN include:

Chapter Display Participants – Shane McDonnell, EASTERN Collision Repair Technology/Upper Dublin High School junior; Nicole Peck, EASTERN Commercial Art/Upper Dublin High School senior; and Justin Smith, EASTERN Electrical Technology/Lower Moreland High School junior.

Cody Mastalski, EASTERN Electrical Technology/Lower Moreland High School junior, assisted with the Chapter Display while also serving as a Pennsylvania SkillsUSA Delegate.

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PA Assoc. for Career and Technical Education New Teacher of the Year

Amy Mednick, a 1994 Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Cosmetology/Lower Moreland High School graduate, and EASTERN Cosmetology teacher since 2011, has been named the Pennsylvania Association for Career and Technical Education New Teacher of the Year. Ms. Mednick was presented at the 42nd Annual PA Career and Technical Education Conference at the PA Association for Career and Technical Education Awards Banquet at 6:30 pm on Thursday, June 16, 2016.

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From left to right – Amy Mednick, Cosmetology Instructor, and Allison Larson, Supervisor of CTE

This award recognizes CTE teachers with 3-5 years’ experience (at the middle, secondary or postsecondary level) who have made significant contributions toward innovative and unique career and technical education programs and shown a professional commitment early in their careers. Members employed as full-time classroom/laboratory CTE teachers (at the secondary or postsecondary level) who are relatively new to the teaching profession (with 3-5 years’ experience) are eligible recipients of this award.

Ms. Mednick was nominated for this great honor by Wendy Leyden, EASTERN’s Cosmetology II Instructor, Allison Larson, EASTERN’s Career and Technical Education Supervisor, Meghan Cicchino, EASTERN’s Welding Technology Instructor, Emily Dimant, 2013 EASTERN Cosmetology graduate, and Todd Luke, Vice President of MAX Teaching.

After graduating from Lower Moreland High School and completing her Cosmetology program in 1994, Ms. Mednick obtained her Cosmetology teaching license from EASTERN in 1995. In 2003, she received her bachelor’s degree in Vocational Education from Temple University. For eight years prior to EASTERN, Mednick taught Cosmetology at Jean Madeline Aveda Institute in South Philadelphia. She credits her aspiration to teach to some of the great teacher role models she has had throughout her education.

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SkillUSA Students Cater Dinner at Ronald McDonald House

On Wednesday, March 30, 2016 from 6 – 7:30 p.m., Culinary Arts students and instructors from Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) catered an elaborate dinner at the Ronald McDonald House located on Chestnut Street in Philadelphia. EASTERN students and SkillsUSA school-wide officers from Culinary Arts, Cosmetology, and Commercial Art donated their time and efforts into making this event a success.

(from left to right) Steve Chavez-Garcia EASTERN Culinary Arts/Upper Moreland Junior, Rayven Anderson, EASTERN Culinary Arts/Springfield Senior, Shane Stone, EASTERN Culinary Arts/Upper Moreland Junior, Katya Ivanovski, EASTERN Culinary Arts/Upper Dublin Senior, Jenny Casey, Ronald McDonald House, and Seyvon Jones, EASTERN Culinary Arts/Upper Moreland Senior

(from left to right) EASTERN Culinary Arts: Steve Chavez-Garcia, Upper Moreland Junior; Rayven Anderson, Springfield Senior; Shane Stone, Upper Moreland Junior; Katya Ivanovski, Upper Dublin Senior; Jenny Casey with Ronald McDonald House, and Seyvon Jones, EASTERN Culinary Arts/Upper Moreland Senior

SkillsUSA is a national student leadership organization that encourages students to be productive individuals in our democratic society, work to their potential, become responsible, and be proud of their accomplishments and be supportive of their community. In addition to the elaborate dinner, Katya Ivanovski, SkillsUSA Pennsylvania Secretary, EASTERN Culinary Arts student and senior at Upper Dublin High School, presented Jenny Casey, Special Events Manager, for the Ronald McDonald House, with a check for $$1,700, raised through various student-run fundraiser at EASTERN throughout the year.

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