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Gearing Up for Summer Fun 2019

Summer Fun at Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) in Willow Grove will run from June 24 to July 12, 2019. 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 $250. Registration brochures will be sent to students in March, and online registration will open on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 6 a.m. – www.eastech.org/summerfun.

Summer Fun 2019 programs include Art of Fashion, Auto Mechanics & Collision Repair, Computer Art and Digital Photography, Crime Scene Investigation, Drawing and Painting, Junior Chef, Junior Cosmetology, 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 12 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.

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Student Completes Internship for Representative Thomas Murt


On May 16, 2019, Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Business and Technology Professional/Hatboro-Horsham High School senior, Marcus Donaldson, completed his internship for Pennsylvania State Representative Thomas Murt. Donaldson was selected by Erin Derby, EASTERN’s Business and Technology Professional Instructor, to provide administrative support to Representative Murt’s office once a week from October through May.

Representative Murt has been a longtime supporter of career and technical education and served for many years as a School Director and Township Commissioner prior to being elected to the House in 2006. This experience provided Marcus with the opportunity to refine his administrative skills, communication skills, professionalism, and office technology skills.

“Marcus has enjoyed his time working at Representative Murt’s office, and we feel as though he was a good fit,” said Joe Greb, EASTERN’s Assistant Director. “Marcus is personable and has a strong work ethic that will serve him well in college. He did an excellent job as an intern this year, and I look forward to seeing what he accomplishes in the future.”

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EASTERN Alumni Spotlight: Ashley Lademann, Culinary Arts

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2018 Culinary Arts/Abington Senior High School alumna Ashley Lademann is now currently attending Johnson and Wales University in pursuit of her associate degree in Culinary Arts with a graduation date set for May 2020. During a quick spring break from college, Lademann visited EASTERN’s Culinary Arts program to see her teachers and speak to the current Culinary Arts class.

Lademann always had a knack for cooking. She grew up working in the kitchen, as both of her parents are in the restaurant business. She found out about EASTERN’s Culinary Arts program through an EASTERN presentation at her high school. With the support of her parents and high school counselor, she enrolled in the program and quickly became a leader in the class.

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EASTERN Students Win at SkillsUSA State Competition

Left to right, Hannah Sebenick, EASTERN Cosmetology/Springfield Township senior, Grace Alderman, EASTERN Commercial Art/Springfield Township senior, and Cassie Lynch, EASTERN Veterinary Science/Jenkintown senior.

Twenty-four 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 10, 11 and 12 at the Hershey Convention Center. Students from all over Pennsylvania took part in the competition. 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.

Medalists from EASTERN include:

Gold Medal Winner – Customer Service – Cassie Lynch, EASTERN Veterinary Science/Jenkintown senior.

Silver Medal Winners – Advertising Design – Grace Alderman, EASTERN Commercial Art/Springfield Township senior.

Esthetics – Hannah Sebenick, EASTERN Cosmetology/Springfield Township senior.

Bronze Medal Winners – Health Knowledge Bowl – Allied Health seniors, Charles Slick, Hatboro-Horsham, Tristan Osborne, Jenkintown, Margaret Farr, Jenkintown, and Catherine Leighton, Upper Moreland.

Opening and Closing Ceremonies – Shane Taggart, Electrical Technology/Upper Dublin senior, Joanne Scott, Commercial Art/Hatboro-Horsham senior, Rowan Klotzbach, Veterinary Science/Hatboro-Horsham senior, Karis Hudson, Veterinary Science/Hatboro-Horsham junior, Nicole Sherwood, Cosmetology/Hatboro-Horsham junior, Ryan Coughlan, Commercial Art/Springfield Township junior, and Kody Levine, Collision Repair Technology/Lower Moreland junior.

Job Skill Demo Open – Kelly Gibson, Veterinary Science/Abington senior.

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EASTERN Alumni Spotlight: Jeffrey Shore, Automotive Technology

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2004 Automotive Technology and Jenkintown High School alumni, Jeffrey Shore, is owner and operator of European Motor Services, LLC in Point Pleasant, PA. As a Master Saab Technician and experienced European Car Specialist, Shore prefers working on European cars, but will work on all cars. Trusting the high level of automotive education provided by EASTERN, Shore reached out to inquire about graduating seniors looking for employment.

After completing EASTERN’s Automotive Technology program, he attended Automotive Training Center in Exton for their Automotive and Diesel program. After working for various dealerships over the years, he felt ready to work for himself.

“Attending Automotive Technology at EASTERN gave me the basic skills and knowledge to go forward doing what I enjoyed doing,” said Shore. “I was able to get a job easily and make decent money quickly. If you are interested in the automotive field, go for it. At the very least, you will learn some basic life skills to help you save money or avoid a costly automotive mistake.”

Automotive is a complex and technology-driven industry that is constantly changing. This two-year career program is designed for the student who is serious about working in the automotive industry. To learn more about Automotive Technology at EASTERN, please visit www.eastech.org/eastern-programs/aut/.

Information on European Motor Services can be found at www.europeanmotorsvc.com/.

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EASTERN Protective Services Students Design Corrections Facility

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Protective Services students, as part of their curriculum, learn about the history and function of Corrections in the Justice System. Last week, they were assigned a team project in which they designed a corrections facility based on a set of specific criteria. They submitted a written paper on the assignment and also presented their project to their peers.

The students had to decide on many factors before the design process could take place, including the size of the facility and security layout, commissary, visitation, inmate rules, managing and handling disturbances, transportation of inmates to court, and processing releases.

 

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EASTERN Alumni Spotlight: Ron Eberz, Welding Technology

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2011 Welding Technology and Hatboro-Horsham High School alumni, Ron Eberz, has been enjoying a successful career with Donjon Marine in Port Newark, New Jersey as a Commercial Diver.

After graduation from EASTERN and Hatboro-Horsham High School, Eberz worked as a welder for five years before attending school at the Ocean Corporation in Houston, Texas. He completed his Commercial Divers Certification in September 2017. He chose this certification to keep his career options open. For the past year, he has been working for Donjon Marine as a Salvage Diver which includes deep water diving for lost items, including sail boats and planes.

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EASTERN Student Spotlight: Hannah Sebenick, Cosmetology

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Cosmetology/Springfield Township High School senior, Hannah Sebenick, was the first ever EASTERN student to compete in the SkillsUSA District Competition in the Esthetics category. EASTERN is proud to announce that Hannah earned the gold medal for her special effects makeup out of a total of seven competitors from other career and technical high schools.

The comprehensive competition consisted of a written test, a facial, daytime makeup application, and the final portion was the fantasy makeup application. The theme for the fantasy makeup application was “optical illusion.” With her makeup design in mind, she chose a Cosmetology classmate, Carlie Kirschen, Upper Moreland High School senior, as her model.

Knowing that her future was going to be in the arts, Hannah initially considered the Commercial Art program at EASTERN. The television show, Face Off, where special effects make-up artists participate in elaborate challenges for a grand prize, inspired her to go another artistic route. She felt that preparation for her career path would be better suited with the skills attained in Cosmetology. She still holds a strong interest in fine arts and takes advantage of all the art programs available at Springfield Township High School. Choosing Cosmetology gave her the best of both worlds.

On Halloween, the Cosmetology students participated in a special effects makeup competition. EASTERN’s Automotive Technology and Collision Repair Technology Instructional Aide/Skills Advisor, Tori Penecale, suggested that Hannah compete in the Esthetics SkillsUSA competition. EASTERN’s Cosmetology Instructor, Wendy Leyden, noted that she had never had a student compete for this specific competition. After seeing Hannah’s high scores in esthetics on the NOCTI test, a battery of assessments or standardized tests for students studying career and technical programs in high schools, they decided to sign Hannah up for the competition.

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The EASTERN Community says Goodbye to Bill Lotz

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) supporter and career and technical education advocate, Bill Lotz, on February 28, 2019.

In 1988, Lotz, a well-known and respected member of the business community, was recruited to serve on EASTERN’s Local Advisory Committee. Mr. Lotz remained on the committee and provided insight and leadership that has propelled EASTERN’s advisory committee structure to one of the most respected models in the Commonwealth.

In 1994, Bill was elected Chairperson of the Local Advisory Committee — a position he held until November 2008. The committee has since been renamed the Executive Advisory Committee. Bill participated in the first Strategic Plan undertaken at EASTERN and two subsequent strategic planning cycles. He served as a member of the Steering Committee for these efforts. Under his leadership, the following significant events have taken place:

  • The development of two new programs – Protective Services and Allied Health.
  • The restructuring of the EAC into a subcommittee structure that has been extremely effective.
  • The development and refinement of a sophisticated program review and planning process that is key to maintaining program quality.
  • The development of the Student Warranty Program—the first in the Commonwealth.
  • The development of an Occupational Advisory Committee self-assessment process.
  • The creation of EASTERN’s Foundation dedicated to raising money to provide scholarships and awards to EASTERN’s students.

Having completed his own carpentry apprenticeship as a young man, he firmly believed in the importance of career and technical programs. From 1988 through his retirement in 2009, Mr. Lotz provided EASTERN with expertise, guidance and candid insights that were greatly appreciated and respected.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing on Tuesday from 9:00 A.M. until his Funeral Mass 10:30 A.M. in Our Lady Help of Christians Church, 1500 Marian Rd. Abington, PA 19001. His Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Eastern Center for Arts and Technology, 3075 Terwood Rd. Willow Grove, PA 19090.

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