Summer Fun at Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) in Willow Grove will run from June 26 to July 14, 2017. This popular three-week program is for current students in grades 6 through 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $225. Registration brochures will be sent to students at the end of March, and online registration will open April 1, 2017 at www.eastech.org/summerfun.
Summer Fun 2017 programs include Auto Mechanics & Collision Repair, Computer Art and Digital Photography, Crime Scene Investigation, Drawing and Painting, Junior Chef, Looking Good, Pastry Boss, Video Game Programming, and World of Construction.
Through EASTERN’s Summer Fun program, students get the opportunity to work with the latest technologies while having fun and learning new things. Parents and guardians of the students attending Summer Fun are invited on Friday, July 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to see a variety of activities students worked on during Summer Fun. Some of the activities include photography and art exhibits, sample foods prepared by the students, and construction projects.
EASTERN has been offering a summer enrichment opportunity for middle school students for more than 30 years. If transportation is needed, please contact your district transportation office to see if your district can accommodate.
Meghan Cicchino, Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Welding
Technology instructor since 2014, is now an American Welding Society Certified Welding Inspector (CWI®). The CWI is widely recognized, both nationally and internationally, and successful companies have come to rely on this certification when ensuring the highest level of quality workmanship.
Cicchino was the only female in her 40 hour CWI Seminar and during the 8-hour examination. The exam included testing on welding codes, fundamental theories of welding, and a hands-on portion in which the candidates apply inspection methods to actual weld samples.
“This certification is not only an outstanding accomplishment for Mrs. Cicchino, but it also now qualifies EASTERN as a remote testing facility affiliated with the Welder Training & Testing Institute (WTTI) located in Allentown,” said Tom Allen, EASTERN’s Executive Director. “Mrs. Cicchino is now qualified to supervise students taking the D1.1 qualification test for structural steel welding, and to perform inspections on all welds. This is a great example of our career and technical instructors continuously looking to add value to our programs.”
Now, students completing EASTERN’s Welding Technology program can graduate as a certified welder. Prior to this certification, students would need to schedule this test elsewhere – and outside of school hours. Cicchino’s CWI will also benefit EASTERN’s Welding Continuing Education evening program for adults.
“I am proud to enhance the value of EASTERN’s Welding Technology program for our students, and I am proud to be a female in this rewarding field,” said Cicchino. “We now have this valuable partnership with WTTI and a new and exciting offering for student welders who are getting ready to enter the workforce.”
Career Expo student guests learn about the Construction Technology program.
Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) welcomed students from Abington, Cheltenham, Lower Moreland, Jenkintown, and Springfield High Schools on the afternoon of February 22 for an event called 10th Grade Career Expo. All student visitors had the opportunity to see two EASTERN programs of their choice. This exploratory program for the participating high schools was developed to enable students to make an informed program choice before enrolling in an EASTERN program. During the visitation, students met the program instructor, spoke with current students, and learned about the curriculum and expectations of the programs.
For the past 10 years, EASTERN has partnered with the high schools in Eastern Montgomery County in scheduling the Career Expo visitations. Students picked two of EASTERN’s 14 career and technical programs: Allied Health, Automotive Technology, Business and Technology Professional, Collision Repair Technology, Commercial Art, Computer Network Administration, Construction Technology, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Electrical Technology, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, Protective Services, Veterinary Science, and Welding Technology. Students spent close to an hour in
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Forty students from EASTERN won medals in skill areas or leadership at the SkillsUSA District Competitions held January 31 and February 1, 2017 at EASTERN’s facility in Willow Grove. First-place winners will represent EASTERN at the state-level competitions to be held April 19 – 21, 2017 in Hershey, PA. SkillsUSA is a national student leadership organization that encourages career and technical students to be productive individuals in our democratic society.
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Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Automotive Technology and Collision Repair Technology programs represented, for the first time, at the Philadelphia Auto Show on Sunday, January 29, 2017. EASTERN was invited by the Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation, and was offered a table as part of the Philadelphia Auto Show’s efforts to promote career and technical education and the retail automotive industry as a wise career choice.
EASTERN’s Automotive Technology Instructor, George Stahl, EASTERN’s Collision Repair Technology Instructor, Steve Parke, EASTERN’s Automotive and Collision Technology Instructional Aide, Victoria Penecale, and EASTERN’s Organizational Advancement Director, Amy Shields, represented EASTERN along with four current students. Automotive Technology program seniors, Raymond Panella and Nicholas
Hawthorn, both from Archbishop Wood High School, and Collision Repair Technology seniors, Max Goettner from Hatboro-Horsham High School and Damon Thompson from Abington High School, volunteered their time to represent their EASTERN programs.
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On January 25, 2017, Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Protective Services and Allied Health students teamed up to learn and perform a series of emergency medical skills and techniques, including the handling of medical (diabetes and anaphylactic shock) and traumatic (fractures and spinal immobilization) emergencies. Students learned proper procedures for using a long backboard, splinting fractures and maintaining an airway, breathing and circulation. Generally, both programs learn these skills in different ways. The Allied Health students learn the techniques in a hospital setting, and the Protective Services students learn skills in emergent public environments. Similar learning and skill sets were applied to the joint instruction, and students engaged in practical exercises to enhance the classroom learning and techniques.
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Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2006 Culinary Arts / Cheltenham High School graduate, Meghan Connolly, is co-owner of DuffyCon Productions, a local, home-based bakery, and the Pastry Chef at the prestigious Cricket Club. After graduating from Cheltenham High School and completing EASTERN’s Culinary Arts program, Connolly continued her education at The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College and decided to pursue her degree in Pastry Arts. She participated in an accelerated program at the Restaurant School and graduated with her Pastry Arts Associate Degree in 2008.
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The Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) faculty and staff members held a pajama and book drive throughout the months of November and December to benefit the Pajama Program. They collected 71 pairs of pajamas and 25 books to benefit children in need during the winter season. EASTERN extends a huge debt of gratitude to its generous staff, instructors, administration and to two substantial donations made by local anonymous supporters.
The Pajama Program collection has been a holiday tradition at EASTERN for many years, beginning with the efforts of Ellen Ainge, who retired in 2010. The collection has continued due to the overwhelming response of staff and instructors.
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