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New EASTERN Award: Jim Ross Memorial Award for Skilled Trades

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) announces a new award honoring the memory of a man who was known by his family and friends as an advocate for skilled trades. Jim Ross was a student in EASTERN’s Continuing Education Welding Technology program in the 1970s. He was very proud that his three grandsons followed in his footsteps also pursuing Welding Technology, along with his granddaughter’s plan to enroll for the 2019–2020 school year. The Jim Ross Memorial Award for Skilled Trades will be given to a graduating senior who is hard-working and has drive and passion for his or her skilled trade–all qualities that Mr. Ross was known for among family, friends and coworkers. This year’s recipient is Miguel Jonas from Welding Technology and Abington Senior High School.

Mr. Ross passed away in August 2018, leaving behind a legacy of hard-work, impeccable work ethic, and enthusiasm for skilled trades, especially welding, electrical, HVAC, and construction. This award is sponsored by the Danko family, including his daughter, Lori, his son-in-law, Joe Danko, their children, Jacob and Callie, and Mr. Ross’s widow, Diane Ross.

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EASTERN Adult Education Instructor Spotlight: Rob Quinn, Welding

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Continuing Education Welding Instructor, Rob Quinn, goes above and beyond in the education and training of his welding students. He begins each session by speaking one-on-one with each student, so he can learn what they want to get out of the class and strives to get them the quality welding education they are seeking.

Recently, Quinn found that many of his students were using this training to launch into new careers, so he thought local company visits would be a good start in connecting students with employers. He reached out to several establishments that he had worked with and coordinated the visits all for the same night instead of reporting to EASTERN. One of the companies ended up hiring two of his students.

After high school, Quinn was working in a job that was going nowhere. He got the opportunity to fill in short term at a local company’s machine shop. He truly enjoyed the work, and ended up getting hired long-term, while becoming increasingly interested in metalworking. He decided to take a machining class at EASTERN, and then took the “Intro to Welding” course that he now teaches. His experience in the field included a lot of training with industry experts. As his welding at work improved, he started taking certification tests and now holds multiple certifications for different processes and materials.

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EASTERN Alumni Spotlight: Dan Kistner, Welding Technology

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2018 Welding Technology/Hatboro-Horsham High School graduate, Dan Kistner, never imagined that his welding education would take him to international locations. For the past several months, Kistner has been working as a welder/fabricator at Environmental Tectonics Corporation (ETC) based out of Southampton. He recently returned from a welding project in Dubai through ETC. He will return to Dubai in late summer to complete the project.

While in 8th grade, Kistner visited EASTERN during an 8th grade trip with Hatboro-Horsham – which was his first introduction to welding as a career field. Prior to enrolling in Welding Technology as a junior in high school, Kistner accepted a summer job where he was able to shadow a welder. After the visit to EASTERN and learning more about welding at his summer job – he knew this was the right career field for him.

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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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