Open House at Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) in Willow Grove is Sunday, March 4, 2018 from 1 – 3:30 p.m. This is a great opportunity for parents of high school students in Eastern Montgomery County to see how EASTERN can give students a competitive edge in college or in a specialized career program. At the Open House parents and students will learn how EASTERN students can earn college credits while still in high school through dual enrollment and articulation agreements, and enjoy learning in a hands-on setting. The Open House also offers an opportunity to hear from EASTERN instructors on the business environment that complements students’ high school academics. Many special activities in EASTERN’s career programs are scheduled, and visitors will have the opportunity to sample culinary delights prepared by EASTERN’s Culinary Arts students.
EASTERN’s half-day career programs for 11th and 12th grade students include: 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.
Over the past 52 years EASTERN has been dedicated to serving its students, constantly updating and restructuring its programs, implementing new initiatives, renovating its facilities to be conducive to students’ education, and bringing in faculty and administration who are dedicated to helping students achieve their goals. EASTERN program offerings have changed and evolved to meet industry standards and local workforce needs.
“Over the past few years, a great deal of upgrades have been made to our facility and programs and we are proud to welcome the community to see it,” said Tom Allen, EASTERN’s Executive Director. “This is a great opportunity for potential students and their parents to see the value of choosing a career pathway while in high school. Selecting a program at EASTERN is a choice to begin your professional development.”
EASTERN is located at 3075 Terwood Road in Willow Grove. Please contact Amy Shields at 215-784-4806 or email@example.com with any questions. Parking is available on campus or across Terwood Road at Upper Moreland High School, with a shuttle bus from 1 p.m.
Thirty-nine students from the Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) won medals in skill areas or leadership at the SkillsUSA District Competitions held January 30 and January 31, 2018 at Middle Bucks Institute of Technology. First-place winners will represent EASTERN at the state-level competitions to be held April 17 – 20, 2018 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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(left to right) Karen McGeehan and Rowan Klotzbach.
Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Veterinary Science/Hatboro-Horsham High School junior, Rowan Klotzbach, is getting a head start on her career as a veterinarian while still in high
school. Having a life-long love for animals, she decided to take advantage of this unique opportunity to explore all areas of the animal care field.
While in middle school, Rowan attended three of EASTERN’s Summer Fun programs: Cooking and Baking, Looking Good, and Automotive and Collision. During her final year of Summer Fun, she was given a tour of the school and saw the Landscape Contracting program greenhouse being renovated to
house animals for the upcoming Veterinary Science program. When she attended the 10th Grade Career Expo at Hatboro-Horsham, she found that the facility was complete, and she enrolled.
Rowan’s love for animals stems from visiting her grandfather’s 1,200-acre dairy farm as a child. During her family visits to the farm, her dad would show her how sweet and docile large animals can be, such as cows and sheep. Although the Veterinary Science program at EASTERN mainly focuses on small animals, it gives her a chance to work with cats and dogs regularly while learning the science involved in the field.
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Zachary Liss, right, accepting his Firefighter of the Year award.
Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2016 Protective Services/Abington High School graduate, Zachary Liss, has been a member of the McKinley Fire Company for the past three years. McKinley Fire Company is one of five volunteer fire companies in the Abington Township Fire Department. On December 19, 2017 he was bestowed the honor of Firefighter of the Year for demonstrating outstanding service to the fire company and to the community. He also works for the Borough of Rockledge. Liss was already a member of the McKinley Fire Company before enrolling in EASTERN’s Protective Services program as a junior. After visiting EASTERN and seeing the program, he knew that it would increase his firefighting knowledge, and also give him the foundations of criminal justice, EMS and security systems.
“EASTERN gave me a head start in a career I was interested in and once I enrolled I enjoyed being with other students who shared my interests,” said Liss. “If you are thinking of becoming a police officer, firefighter, or EMT – join the Protective Service program at EASTERN. It teaches you a lot about law enforcement, firefighting, or medical services before you even get into an academy. It helps you to narrow down the focus of your career path.” Protective Services at EASTERN provides detailed instruction on leadership, criminal, motor vehicle crash and fire investigation, first responders, security systems, terrorism, firefighting, hazardous materials, and emergency communications. The program establishes a baseline for higher education leading to careers in law enforcement, firefighting, security, corrections and investigation.
Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Welding Technology students will soon have a piece of art featuring their welds in an art exhibition at a popular Toronto art gallery called Franz Kaka. EASTERN Commercial Art/Hatboro-Horsham High School 2003 alumni, Carl Marin, will be featured in a two person show that runs from January 11 through February 3, 2018. Marin chose a campfire theme for his exhibit. He reached out to EASTERN’s Welding Technology Instructor, Meghan Cicchino, to recruit the assistance of her students to construct one of the sculptures.
From left to right: Meghan Cicchino, Welding Technology Instructor; Dan Kistner, Hatboro-Horsham High School senior; John Ferry, Abington High School senior; Tony DeFrancisco, Cheltenham High School senior; Austin Jaffe, Hatboro-Horsham High School senior; and Ronnald Jaskel, Hatboro-Horsham High School senior.
Marin enlisted the assistance of three welders each at a different stage of their career. EASTERN’s students represent the beginning of a welding career. Each participant in the project was given an identical set of cast aluminum sticks and asked to intuitively arrange and weld them together in a formation they believed would light on fire. EASTERN shipped back their sculpture and Marin will now paint all but the welds to look like a realistic campfire.
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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 54 pairs of pajamas and 28 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 a local anonymous supporter who made a substantial donation to this effort.
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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Left to right: Steve Parke, Collision Repair Technology Instructor and Sunny Rooney
Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2015 Collision Repair Technology/Bishop McDevitt High School graduate, Sonora (Sunny) Rooney, is currently a Merchant Mariner. She is working on her Bachelor of Science degree at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York, on a full scholarship of $250,000. She will complete her education in 2022. Currently, there is a 13 percent female population in the Merchant Marine Academy – 30 females in a class of 280.
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On November 15-17, 2017, a delegation of thirty SkillsUSA students and three advisors participated in the Annual District 2 Career and Technical Student Organization’s Leadership Conference at the Pocono Manor Resort. Approximately 200 students attended from seven different career and technical centers from surrounding counties.
EASTERN students achieved 12 awards for first place, 5 awards for second place and 10 awards for third place.
Leadership Conference – EASTERN student participants
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