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EASTERN’s Awards Night – May 25, 2016

Attention Parents! Please mark your calendars for EASTERN’s Awards Night, being held May 25, 2016 at 7 p.m. at Upper Moreland High School.

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A mailing will be sent home shortly with more details.  Thank you.

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Culinary Arts Student Chosen for Congress-Bundestag Scholarship

SueMunEastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Culinary Arts/Upper Dublin High School senior, Sue Mun, was chosen as one of only 25 students selected throughout the nation to participate in the Congress-Bundestag program. The Congress-Bundestag Vocational Scholarship provides an opportunity for U.S. high school graduates who have undertaken vocational training to spend their 13th year in Germany pursuing their vocational interests. This scholarship is provided through Nacel Open Door, Inc. Nacel Open Door, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to international understanding and language education.

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EASTERN Students Win Big at SkillsUSA State Competition

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Thirty-three 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 State Competitions held April 13, 14 and 15 at the Hershey Convention Center. Students from all over Pennsylvania took part in the competition. Gold medal winners will represent EASTERN at the national-level competitions to be held June 21 – 24 in Louisville, Kentucky.

SkillsUSA is a national student leadership organization that encourages students to be productive individuals in our democratic society, work to their potential, become responsible, be proud of their accomplishments and supportive of their community.

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Students Receive Presentation on Careers in Water Management

On April 6, 2016, 80 students from Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) MikeNelsonWelding Technology, Electrical Technology and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning programs received a presentation from Mr. Mike Nelson, from Mike Nelson Consulting Services LLC, regarding water and wastewater management, the different skills needed in the field, the career opportunities available, and the practical aspects of water and wastewater management.

Mr. Nelson trains water and wastewater operators and is very active in the Eastern Pennsylvania Water Pollution Control Operators Association (EPWPCOA). EPWPCOA’s mission is to educate the general public on the importance of the wastewater industry in protecting the environment. Throughout the school year, EASTERN invites many speakers and representatives from local businesses and postsecondary institutions to the school in order to provide students with information on a wide range of career opportunities available to them. EASTERN’s instructors and administration strive to provide first
class career and technical education while also developing and promoting a green workforce, making Mr. Nelson’s presentation very relevant and interesting to our students and instructors. As a follow-up, Mr. Nelson plans to organize a field trip for EASTERN students to a local operating plant to supplement their knowledge of this important industry.

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Alumna Spotlight: Corinne Koelle Garlanger

CorinneGarlangerCorinne Koelle Garlanger, graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in December 2013 from VCU School of Arts in Richmond Virginia, with a BFA in fine arts with a focus in Graphic Design. She is currently working as a Graphic Designer for Cornerstone Marketing & Advertising in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. As part of Cornerstone’s marketing team, she also works with their in-house publishing team that produces magazines, cookbooks, and hotel/condo in-room magazines. Their primary bimonthly magazine is called VIE Magazine — a high gloss publication that focuses on human interest stories. VIE Magazine recently partnered with Christian Siriano, American fashion designer and winner of Project Runway season 4, for a photo shoot at Ballynahinch Castle in Connemara, County Galway, Ireland. VIE Magazine is an award-winning publication that includes national stories on fashion, culture, travel and more, and has a distribution of 25,000 copies bimonthly and a total circulation of about 50,000 per issue. VIE is known for its unique editorial approach—a broad spectrum of deep content with rich photography.

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Student Spotlight: Commercial Art Student, Ava Henry

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Commercial Art/Abington High AvaHenrySchool senior, Ava Henry, just received first place in the district art competition for the Assemblies of God Fine Arts Festival. This competition includes art of many varieties including photography, puppetry, music, acting, and writing. Student competitors begin at the sectional level, which includes the Greater Philadelphia area. If they place first, they move to the district competition which includes Pennsylvania and Delaware. District competition winners move to the national competition in Louisville, KY, to be held in August. Ava received first place in both sectional and district competitions for Digital Photography, and will now be moving on to the national competition.

Ava has been interested in fine arts since she was in 7th grade. This is her first year entering the Digital Photography competition at the Fine Arts Festival, although she had competed for several year in the Human Videos competition — which is acting a story throughout a song. This year, as a senior in EASTERN’s Commercial Art program, she decided to try her hand at the Digital Photography competition.

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Business and Industry Partnerships Benefit Students

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) was pleased to partner with Pennsylvania State Representative Thomas Murt on Friday, March 18 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.

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EASTERN instructors shared education plans and goals for six areas of concentration – Allied Health, Computer Network Administration, Culinary Arts, Office Management, 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 Stephen Kent from Subaru of America, Inc., Bridget Smith from Lochel’s Bakery, Melissa Marchuck from PeopleShare, James Gardner from the Hatboro Police Department, and Don Camp and Joe Mullin from Brinker’s Energy.

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Alumni Spotlight – Bill Steinmetz, Construction Technology

BillSteinmetzEastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 1978 Construction Technology/Springfield High School graduate, Bill Steinmetz, has enjoyed a successful career in the construction industry, and has been gainfully employed as a carpenter for Dennis Meyer Inc. for the past 26 years. Two of his sons also attended EASTERN – one completed the Construction Technology program, and one is set to complete the Automotive Technology program in June. Like Steinmetz, both of his sons were very successful in their EASTERN programs.

Through EASTERN, Steinmetz gained the foundation he needed to enter the construction industry. After graduation from EASTERN and Springfield High School, he completed an apprenticeship at the Association of Builders & Contractors (ABC), and received his Journeyman licensure for Carpentry from the State of Pennsylvania.

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