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EASTERN Alumni Spotlight: Juan Paolo Figueras

Juan Paolo Figueras, former CNA student at EASTERNEastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2014 Computer Network Administration/Springfield Township High School graduate, Juan Paolo Figueras (Paolo) is currently studying Computer Engineering at Penn State Abington and plans to matriculate to Temple University next year to complete his degree.

While attending EASTERN’s Computer Network Administration program in high school, Paolo was chosen as the September 2013 Student of the Month. He was also 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 abroad 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. After extensive German language training, Paolo was placed in an internship at Targot Bank as Desktop Support.

Paolo took advantage of the dual enrollment partnership between EASTERN’s Computer Network Administration program and Montgomery County Community College in which Paolo earned 12 transferable college credits while still in high school.

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Elmwood Park Zoo Visits EASTERN’s Veterinary Science

Elmwood Park Zoo representatives visited the Eastern Center for Arts and Technology Boa constrictor from Elmwood Zoo(EASTERN) Veterinary Science program on October 26, 2016 during the morning and afternoon sessions. Students had the opportunity to see and learn more about red-tailed hawks, striped skunks, and could even touch a six-foot boa constrictor snake.

According to Elmwood Park Zoo, red-tailed hawks live in coniferous and deciduous forests as well as tropical forests. They also inhabit open areas such as swamps, deserts, tundra, plains and agricultural fields. Skunks are very adaptable creatures that can live in a variety of habitats including mixed woods and brush land. The boa constrictor snake is native to the tropical forests of Central and South America. They prefer warm, humid environments. As a capable swimmer, they are also found along rivers and streams.

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Alumna Spotlight: Christine Fariss, Culinary Arts

Christine Farris, Culinary Arts AlumnaEastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2015 Culinary Arts/Springfield High School graduate, Christine Fariss, is in her second year at The Culinary Arts Institute at Montgomery County Community College’s (MCCC). She also works as an Hors d’oeuvre Chef for the Manor at Prophecy Creek Park, a popular and scenic wedding venue located in Ambler, PA.

Having achieved a place on the MCCC Dean’s List each semester, she is now a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the National Honor Society for Community Colleges. In 2015, she received MCCC’s Rising Star Female Chef Culinary Scholarship. After obtaining her Associate degree from MCCC, she hopes to join the United States Coast Guard as a Cook, or to continue pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary Arts.

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.

“EASTERN helped me prepare for college by providing me with a great base knowledge of a commercial kitchen – providing me with me a huge edge over my classmates who hadn’t gone to a career and technical high school. Because of this knowledge, I was able to gain confidence in my skills in the kitchen,” said Christine. “EASTERN helped shape me into a well-rounded cook.”

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 Alumni Spotlight: Jason Hammer

Jason Hammer, 2016 graduate of the Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Jason Hammer with Mrs. Meghan CicchinoWelding Technology/Abington High School, visited EASTERN on October 31, 2016 to speak to current Welding Technology students about his experiences at EASTERN and how they prepared him for his current position as a Fabrication Welder at Havis, Inc. in Warminster. Jason is also sponsoring an award for a 2017 EASTERN graduate at the annual Awards Night ceremony in May to give back the school that prepared him for his career.

During his time at EASTERN, Jason was a student ambassador and spoke to parents and potential students at many recruitment events. At Awards Night in May 2016, he was honored with the Scully Welding Award and the Catherman Award. He was the student representative for the Welding Technology Occupational Advisory Committee, a group of individuals from local business and industry who help EASTERN teachers and administrators to define curriculum and tools for each program.

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Business and Technology Professional Student: Anthony Sleptsov

Anthony Sleptsov Business and Technology StudentEastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Business and Technology Professional/Lower Moreland High School senior, Anthony Sleptsov plans to attend a local college for one year after graduation to complete general prerequisites and then transfer to the Business School at New Castle University in the United Kingdom. He chose New Castle University due to its well-known business program and its location.
When Anthony started looking at EASTERN programs, he knew he wanted to work with computers and he had a desire to learn more about the business field. He visited the Business and Technology Professional program during Lower Moreland High School’s 10th grade visitation to EASTERN, and felt it was the right program to get him started on his college and career path.

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Business and Technology Professional Student: Casey Rose

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Business and Technology Casey Rose Business and Technology StudentProfessional/Abington Senior High School senior, Casey Rose, plans on pursuing a career in business and is currently interning at Pennsylvania State Representative, Thomas Murt’s office in Hatboro. In Representative Murt’s office, Casey maintains databases, makes calls to veteran organizations, performs online research, manages package deliveries, and other administrative tasks as needed.

Casey chose the Business and Technology Professional program at EASTERN because she knew that all the material she would learn would translate into the area of business that she chose. Initially, she was interested in the Cosmetology program, but after reviewing the program course descriptions online, she found the Business and Technology Professional program to be more in line with her interests. Casey enjoys all aspects of her class – from the computer programs, to communications, to professionalism, but she counts math and accounting as the most interesting aspects of the program.

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Business and Technology Professional Student: Jessica Lademann

Jessica Lademann Business and Technology StudentEastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Business and Technology Professional/Abington Senior High School junior, Jessica Lademann, plans on pursuing a career in photography, but chose to enroll in the Business and Technology Professional program at EASTERN to equip herself with transferable business skills that she can use in her career and college.

Jessica first became interested in the Business and Technology Professional program at EASTERN when she participated in EASTERN’s 10th Grade Career Expo. She visited both the Business and Technology Professional and Commercial Art programs. It took some time to choose between the two, because she enjoyed both programs. She felt as though this decision could affect the rest of her life and decided that the business and management skills she would obtain in Business and Technology Professional seemed like the right fit for her. She also was excited about the opportunity to earn college credits through EASTERN’s dual enrollment program with Montgomery County Community College.

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Business and Technology Professional Student: Daniel Fair

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Business and Technology Daniel Fair Business and Technology StudentProfessional/Upper Moreland High School junior, Daniel Fair, plans on pursuing a career in real estate, and chose to get a head start on his professional development by enrolling in the Business and Technology Professional program.

Daniel’s interest in real estate began when he was very young. His father worked in the construction industry, and Daniel would accompany him to many houses over the years – some were new construction and some homes were being renovated. He felt drawn to the real estate industry because it helps people find their ideal homes.

Daniel visited two programs during EASTERN’s 10th Grade Career Expo. He wanted to choose a program that would help him with his future career by giving him an edge in the workforce and in college. The skills provided in the Business and Technology Professional program seemed to be the best fit for him. He was also very interested in the dual enrollment credits through Montgomery County Community College that will save him time and money while pursuing his degree.

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