Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2015 Collision Repair Technology/Bishop McDevitt High School graduate, Sonora (Sunny) Rooney, is currently a Merchant Mariner. She is working on her Bachelor of Science degree at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York, on a full scholarship of $250,000. She will complete her education in 2022. Currently, there is a 13 percent female population in the Merchant Marine Academy – 30 females in a class of 280.
On November 15-17, 2017, a delegation of thirty SkillsUSA students and three advisors participated in the Annual District 2 Career and Technical Student Organization’s Leadership Conference at the Pocono Manor Resort. Approximately 200 students attended from seven different career and technical centers from surrounding counties.
EASTERN students achieved 12 awards for first place, 5 awards for second place and 10 awards for third place.
Eastern Center for Arts and Technology’s (EASTERN) Commercial Art program focuses on graphic design, illustration and photography. Each week they have a themed homework assignment/competition that allows students to get creative with their interpretations of each theme. The theme for the current class rotation is eye.
Students need to find or take a photograph related to the theme and turn it into an illustration. Students then vote for their favorites. The winner of the competition receives bragging rights and art supplies. Rob Steinbacher, Master Photographer/Commercial Art Instructional Assistant, also enters the competition and students can earn extra points if they correctly identify his artwork.
“All of our illustration submissions were outstanding,” said Nicole Mohrey, EASTERN’s Commercial Art Instructor. “Regardless of who wins the competition, they should all be proud of their efforts. I was extremely impressed with the various interpretations on the theme and the creativity was astounding. See…homework can be fun!”
EASTERN’s Commercial Art program covers everything from conceptual drawing and design to a professional portfolio. Students learn the value and application of their unique styles in both design and illustration. Students use industry standard software on the Macintosh platform. Software used includes Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Dreamweaver and Flash. For more information on EASTERN’s Commercial Art program, please visit www.eastech.org/eastern-programs/coa/.
Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2016 Business and Technology Professional/Cheltenham High School alumna, Autumn Clark, is currently the Enrollment Assistant at Penn Medicine, the University of Pennsylvania Health System located in Philadelphia.
Ever since Clark was a child she enjoyed working with computers and people. During a tenth-grade visit to EASTERN, she learned about a new program offering called Office Management (now called Business and Technology Professional.) Clark found this program to be a perfect fit because she was very interested in learning more about the Microsoft Office Suite, sharpening her accounting skills, and exploring careers in the business world.
Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2011 Protective Services/Upper Dublin High School alumna, Kelly Tascarella, has been a volunteer fire fighter for the Fort Washington Fire Company for the past seven years and is currently Area Supervisor for G4S, the leading global integrated security company, specializing in the provision of security products, services and solutions.
At G4S, Tascarella manages 35 sites and more than 200 security guards in Northeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey. She is also the newest member of EASTERN’s Protective Services Occupational Advisory Committee (OAC). The OAC assists EASTERN instructors and administrators to ensure that curriculum and tools being used in each program are industry standard and state-of-the-art.
When Tascarella was only five years old, she began Tae Kwon Do – which was the beginning of her desire to commit herself to helping and protecting others. During a tenth-grade visit to EASTERN, Tascarella found that the Protective Services program at EASTERN was a perfect fit for her to further explore careers that aligned with her interests in firefighting and police fields.
EASTERN 2013 Commercial Art/Abington High School alumni Kyle Spolitino is currently living in Spokane, Washington while working at Yellowstone National Park, a nearly 3,500-sq.-mile wilderness recreation area atop a volcanic hot spot, and pursuing his dream of travel and nature photography.
Spolitino developed a love of nature and photography early on in life. After visiting EASTERN while in 10th grade at Abington High School, he decided to take the first steps in building his career by enrolling in the Commercial Art program. Over the years, his focus has remained on travel and developing an impressive gallery of nature photography – many of which he has sold.
Karen McGeehan was selected as the Veterinary Science Instructor at Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) in July 2017. Veterinary Science at EASTERN provides the opportunity to pursue a career in the animal care industry. Students in Veterinary Science learn to support veterinarians by providing assistance during examinations; treatment administration and monitoring; managing health record information; and how to perform a wide range of selected practice-related duties.
Ms. McGeehan is a Certified Veterinary Technician in Pennsylvania and Red Cross CPR certified. She received her Associates in Vet Tech at Manor College, her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Temple University, and her MBA from St. Joseph’s University. Since 2003, she has held veterinary nursing positions at the Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania from Nurse to Nursing Recruiter, and most recently, Nursing Supervisor. During her time at University of Pennsylvania, she also taught 4th year Veterinary students and Harcum students all aspects of Veterinary Nursing. Through these experiences she decided that she truly wanted to teach students who share her passion for animal care.
Beth Whitehead was selected as the Allied Health Instructor at Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) in August 2017. Allied Health at EASTERN provides the opportunity to pursue a career in the healthcare industry. Allied Health is a senior-only program which is designed for high school seniors who plan to continue their education in college preparing for a career in the health field. Students are offered the opportunity to gain extensive clinical experiences partnering with health professionals at Abington-Jefferson Health.
Ms. Whitehead is a Registered Nurse, a Board-Certified Emergency Nurse and a Board-Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse, with several industry certifications. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition from Penn State University, her RN from Episcopal Hospital School of Nursing, and her MSN in Nursing from Chamberlain College. Prior to joining EASTERN, Ms. Whitehead enjoyed a successful career in the healthcare field as an Assistant Dietary Director at a Nursing Home in Willow Grove, to an emergency trauma nurse, to her most recent position as a Clinical Educator at Abington-Jefferson. Ms. Whitehead continues to work as a Nurse Expert for a law firm in Philadelphia. She has also worked as an Adjunct Nursing Professor at Widener University.