EASTERN Alumni Spotlight: Emily Dimant

EmilyDimantEmily Dimant, a 2014 Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Cosmetology and Lower Moreland graduate, is currently in her second semester at University of the Arts in Philadelphia majoring in Illustration. Emily also owns and operates her own freelance make-up artistry business, specializing in bridal, special event and fashion makeup. Samples of Emily’s work can be seen on her Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/makeupbyemilydimant.

When Emily was in 8th grade, she learned about the Cosmetology program at EASTERN. She patiently waited three years before she could enroll as a junior in high school. She knew that nails, makeup, and hair styling were the main focus of the Cosmetology program at EASTERN, and she had always had a love for the industry.


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EASTERN is Gearing Up for Summer Fun 2015

summerFunSummer Fun at Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) in Willow Grove will run from June 29 to July 17, 2015. 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 within the week, and online registration is open now at http://summerfun.eastech.org/.

Summer Fun 2015 programs include Auto Mechanics & Collision Repair, Computer Art and Digital Photography, Crime Scene Investigation, Drawing and Painting, Fun with Fashion, 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 17 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 a fashion show, 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 25 years. If transportation is needed, please contact your district transportation office to see if your district can accommodate.

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2015-16 Enrollment Forms Are Now Available!

Please print and complete the enrollment form and return it to your high school counselor or to EASTERN.


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EASTERN Students Hold Charity Bake Sale

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Commercial Art/Abington High School senior, Anita Gallagher, along with the help of EASTERN SkillsUSA School-Wide Officers, organized a bake sale for Friday, March 13, 2015. Four hundred dollars in proceeds will benefit Blessings in a Backpack – an organization that provides elementary schoolchildren who are on the federal Free and Reduced Price Meal Program with a backpack of food to take home for 38 weekends during the school year. Backpack food includes easy-to-prepare, ready-to-eat foods, like granola bars, juice boxes, mac and cheese, and oatmeal.

Anita is the SkillsUSA Pennsylvania State Secretary. SkillsUSA is EASTERN’s student leadership organization and a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. Each year, SkillsUSA’s Pennsylvania chapter chooses a charity to support, and Blessings in a Backpack was chosen for the 2014 – 2015 school year.

“Combined with fundraisers held throughout the year, we were able to raise $900 for Blessings in a Backpack,” said Anita. “We could not have been as successful without the support of and donations made by EASTERN students, staff and faculty.”

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Catherman Family Supports EASTERN Student Awards

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) is proud to announce the second year of the Catherman Family Awards sponsored by the Catherman family of Hatboro, PA. The Catherman Family Awards will benefit students from Allied Health, Protective Services, and Welding Technology at EASTERN’s Awards Night on May 27, 2015.

Steven W. Catherman Sr. is a graduate of the Middle Bucks Institute of Technology’s Welding program. While at Middle Bucks he was involved in their student leadership organization, VICA, now known as SkillsUSA. Catherman placed first in the regional welding competition, first at the state welding competition, and had the opportunity to compete at the national level in Atlanta. He was previously employed as an instructor for EASTERN’s Continuing Education Welding Technology program, and currently serves on the Occupational Advisory Committee (OAC) for the high school Welding Technology program. He is a Project Manager/Estimator at a Mechanical Contracting firm in Philadelphia.

Steven W. Catherman Jr. graduated from EASTERN’s Protective Services program and Archbishop Wood High School in 2006. Walt Kenney, EASTERN’s Protective Services Instructor, inspired him to pursue a career in law enforcement and Catherman is now an Abington police officer and serves on the OAC.

Christina J. Catherman graduated 2013 from EASTERN’s Allied Health Program and Upper Moreland High School. Linda Kalita, EASTERN’s Allied Health Instructor, inspired Catherman to pursue a career in nursing and is presently studying at the Abington Dixon School of Nursing.

“The Catherman family has three generations who have attended, and flourished from the technical school system,” said Steve Catherman Sr. “We know and understand the importance of choosing a career path early and are thankful for the system that inspired all of us to get a jump start in our lives. Our family is honored to recognize three deserving future professionals, selected by their EASTERN program instructors, who inspired them to pursue a career or further their education. To inspire a young mind and watch it thrive and grow is priceless.”

For those interested in donating to the Catherman Family Awards fund, please send checks made payable to “EASTERN Foundation” to 3075 Terwood Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090. Please note “Catherman Family Awards” in the note section.

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Come to Manufest 2015!

Manufest-2015Visit Manufest on Saturday, March 28 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Souderton High School!

Manufest is the premier Montgomery County event that highlights the many opportunities and good paying jobs and careers in the growing manufacturing sector of the economy.

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Prepare for a Career in Healthcare While in High School at EASTERN

Allied Health at Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) in Willow Grove is a great opportunity for high school seniors to get a head start on a healthcare career. EASTERN has 13 state-of-the art programs, most of which are two years in length for high school juniors and seniors. Allied Health is EASTERN’s only one-year program exclusively for high school seniors in Eastern Montgomery County, including Abington, Bryn Athyn, Cheltenham, Hatboro-Horsham, Jenkintown, Lower Moreland, Springfield, Upper Dublin, and Upper Moreland.

Allied Health prepares the student for success in such career fields as nursing, radiation therapy or technology, cardiovascular and respiratory technology, physician’s assistant, and nurse practitioner. Starting in October, students spend every Tuesday and Thursday at Abington Memorial Hospital shadowing a healthcare professional. Every few weeks, the students move to a different floor in the hospital so they get a clear view of all the professions in the healthcare field.

Allied Health students also have the opportunity to earn three transferable college credits through EASTERN’s dual enrollment partnership with Montgomery County Community College. To learn more about EASTERN’s Allied Health program, please visit the program webpage at http://www.eastech.org/eastern-programs/alh/.

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Collision Repair Technology Program Spotlight

EASTERN’s Collision Repair Technology program can help students prepare for a rewarding career in fields such as automotive, marine and aeronautic service, new car design, manufacturing representative, insurance industry damage appraisal and testing, race car fabrication and vehicle engineering, metal fabrication, safety design engineering, technical writing, consumer information technologies, collision test engineering, and teaching.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of automotive body repairers is projected to grow 13 percent from 2012 to 2022. Job opportunities should be very good for job seekers with industry certification and formal training in automotive body repair and refinishing and in collision repair.

Collision repair technicians possess the critical skills to perform repairs and custom refinishing according to manufacturer specifications. Collision repair technicians fix damaged body parts of all automotive vehicles such as cars, vans, trucks, and emergency vehicles.

A student enrolled in this two-year career program benefits from a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on experience needed to carry out repairs on motor vehicles. Students benefit from the use of I-Car (Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair) enhanced curriculum. Career objectives for this program include Automotive Refinisher; Sheet Metal/Cosmetic Repair Person; Frame/Structural Repair Person; and Automotive Refinisher’s Helper (one-year students).

This is one of only seventeen secondary programs in Pennsylvania certified by the National Institute for Automotive Excellence (ASE) for meeting industry standards. The work performed in this program is considered college-level by post-secondary schools such as Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology and Penn College of Technology.

For more information about Collision Repair Technology, please visit http://www.eastech.org/eastern-programs/col/.

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