Posted March 30, 2020 (8:10PM)
Dear Students, Parents, and Community Members,
Earlier today Governor Wolf announced that all schools in Pennsylvania would be closed indefinitely. We will notify you when we are able to open again. In the meantime, EASTERN will continue to provide quality education to students on an online/distance learning platform. Today was our first day launching our Continuity of Education plan and we were very pleased with the participation of our students. Students, please continue to take advantage of this opportunity to continue to advance in your career fields. Parents, thank you for your support and encouragement of your child’s learning during this time. Many of you are working from home while your child is learning from home, and we realize that isn’t an easy adjustment – many of us are making that adjustment ourselves.
Parents have contacted me with questions about end-of-program certificates and the impact of a student not taking the NOCTI. We continue to work through these and other questions as we seek guidance from the state department of education and will inform you about these issues (and others) when we have more information.
On a final note, many of our parents are still out there working, either in health care in the front lines fighting this pandemic, or in manufacturing, the food industry, and other critical industries. Thank you for your service to our community.
Wishing everyone good health,
Cathleen E. Plesnarski, Ed.D.
Eastern Center for Arts and Technology
Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) regretfully says goodbye to long-time career and technical supporter, Donald Horsfall, a computer consultant, who dedicated countless hours to EASTERN programs and technology. Mr. Horsfall passed away March 22, 2020, at Abington-Jefferson Health. Initially admitted due to a fall at home, Mr. Horsfall contracted the coronavirus while in the hospital. The secondary cause of death was complications from the fall. He was gentle and a true gentleman, and will be sorely missed.
Mr. Horsfall and his wife, Carol Ann Casciato, are the owners of International Technical Communications Inc., a computer consulting business, and planned to retire next year. The couple dedicated more than 20 years to EASTERN as members of EASTERN’s Computer Network Administration Program’s Occupational Advisory Committee, and consultants to EASTERN’s Technology Management System’s department.
“We are saddened by the news of Mr. Horsfall’s passing,” said Dr. Cathleen Plesnarski, EASTERN’s Executive Director. “He and his wife, Carol Ann, gave so much of themselves to the betterment of EASTERN and our students. His efforts and dedication to EASTERN is appreciated and will not be forgotten.”
For EASTERN supporters who wish to honor Mr. Horsfall’s memory, Ms. Casciato has requested that donations be made to Society for Science & the Public, an organization that they have supported for a long time, in his honor – www.societyforscience.org/.
On Monday, March 23, 2020 Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) was pleased to donate t o Montgomery County’s COVID-19 Response Center efforts. Donations included 140 N95 masks from our Collision Repair Technology program, sterile and exam gloves from our Veterinary Science, Allied Health, and adult Practical Nursing programs, surgical masks from our adult Practical Nursing program, and safety glasses and goggles from our program inventory.
On Tuesday, March 31, 2020, EASTERN’s Protective Services Instructor, Mark Zaslavsky, dropped off 120 N95 masks to the Upper Moreland Police Department from the Protective Services program’s crime scene training supplies. The police department needs some of the masks, and they will provide the balance to Abington-Jefferson Hospital .
“As Eastern Montgomery County’s Career and Technical School, we knew it was our responsibility to pull whatever was needed from our inventory for the selfless healthcare workers and all those who are on the front lines of caring for those with coronavirus,” said Dr. Cathleen Plesnarski, EASTERN’s Executive Director. “These are unprecedented times, and we need to think of and show appreciation for the courage of these amazing individuals. I am glad we could be part of that.”
As EASTERN’s students began distance learning on March 30, EASTERN remains committed to providing our students with the best possible education, despite current circumstances. EASTERN students are our priority. Please see our Continuity of Education Plan for more information. The plan includes contact information for Teachers, our Student Success Coordinators, and our Administrative Team.
Ms. Hayley Granacher has been selected as the Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) School-to-Career Coordinator, to assist and prepare students with the transition into their chosen career pathway, such as obtaining paid internships, apprenticeships, jobs, and college credit articulation agreements to benefit EASTERN students as they prepare for post-secondary education.
Prior to her new role, Ms. Granacher has served as EASTERN’s Culinary Arts Instructor since 2015. Ms. Granacher received her Associate of Applied Science in Baking and Pastry Arts in Penn College of Technology, and her Bachelor of Science in Workforce Education from Penn State University. She holds professional certifications in many areas, such as Vocational 1, ServSafe, and Cooperative Education.
After several year of working as a pastry chef, she began substitute teaching the Culinary Arts program at North Montco Technical Career Center and realized teaching and helping students prepare for their future was her passion. She enjoyed four years as a Culinary Arts instructor at EASTERN and felt as though moving to School-to-Career Coordinator was the ideal next stepfor her.“I truly appreciate career and technical education,”said Ms. Granacher. “Teaching at EASTERN has been amazing and has taught me that, as a school, we need to help place these students in their chosen field and set them on the right path. I am excited to work with all of EASTERN’s instructors and help establish business partnerships to enhance all programs and the opportunities that they can provide our students.”
Local businesses or post-secondary schools interested in partnering with EASTERN, can contact Ms. Granacher at 215-784-4800 or HGranacher@eastech.org.
On May 5 2004, Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Welding Technology/Upper Moreland High School senior, Adam Weissner, passed away suddenly in a tragic car accident. The Weissner family has made it a priority to recognize a Welding Technology student at EASTERN’s annual awards night since May 2005. The Adam J. Weissner Memorial award is given to a hard-working student who found their niche in the Welding Technology program and demonstrates promise to succeed in the field.
Adam initially enrolled in the Construction Technology program at EASTERN, but quickly realized that was not the right field for him. After taking a look at the other program offerings, he chose Welding Technology and excelled.During his senior year,he took part in a paid internship through EASTERN’s cooperative learning program.
“The Adam J. Weissner Memorial Award has assisted many promising students with means to purchase the welding equipment they need for the field,” said Dr. Cathleen Plesnarski, EASTERN’s Executive Director. “This award has been in existence since 2005. This May will mark 15 years of the Weissner family’s dedication to student success in Adam’s memory, and we couldn’t be more grateful.”
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EASTERN 1989 Electrical Technology/Upper MorelandHigh School alum, John Bartley,is currently enjoying his second career as an electrical specialist for SP Industriesin Warminster, a manufacturer of specialty equipment, scientific glassware, laboratory and lab safety supplies, and home healthcare products serving pharmaceutical, biotechnology, educational, industrial, and commercial markets. Prior to his role at SP Industries, Bartley served in the U.S. Navy for 13 years as an Aviation Structural Mechanic repairing P-3 Orion airplanes.
While in high school, Bartley did well with the traditional learning environment, but wanted more of a challenge. Growing up, he enjoyed science, puzzles, and building model cars. He would take apart home electronics to figure out how they worked, and then would put themback together. He knew he enjoyed working with his hands and problem solving. His Upper Moreland High School guidance counselor uggested he visit Electrical Technology at EASTERN. Bartley attended EASTERN’s Open House and knew this was the right choice for him.
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EASTERN 2018 Cosmetology and Upper DublinHigh School alum, Gabbie Saylor, is currently pursuing her associate degree at Montgomery County Community College while training atGlam Hair Studio in Springhouse where she will soon begin working as a full-time stylist. After high school graduation, Saylor completed her required Cosmetology hours at Lansdale School of Cosmetology, an EASTERN articulation agreement partner, and received her Pennsylvania Cosmetology License in December of 2018.
Saylor’s interest in Cosmetology began at a young age. She credits her interest in the field to the many family members she has in the haircare industry. Saylor heard about the career-focused programs at EASTERN through her Upper Dublin High School guidance counselor, who recommended that she attend EASTERN’s Open Hous eto visit the Cosmetology program. Saylor knew immediately after the visit that Cosmetology would be a perfect fit for her.
“The education I received at EASTERN helped me by building my confidence in my career,” said Saylor. “When I first started out inthe program,I would get so nervous even picking up a pair of hair cutting scissors. By the time I graduated, I was getting more confident in all aspects of doing hair, whether it was hair cutting, hair coloring, or even hair styling. If you want to pursue a career as a cosmetologist, going to EASTERN should be your top choice! The teachers and staff are welcoming, and if you ever find that you need help, someone will always be there to assist. Do not be afraid to pursue a career in this exciting and lucrative field.”
Save thousands of dollars by taking Cosmetology at EASTERN while in high school! This two-year program will provide the skills necessary to begin a career in the cosmetology field. In Pennsylvania, as well as other states, cosmetologists must be licensed to practice in the field. For more information, please visit www.eastech.org/eastern-programs/cos/.
The Foundation Events below have been postponed. We hope to present the Murder Mystery in the fall, and will determine new dates for the Chicken Dinner, Designer Bag Bingo and Bowling Fundraiser.