Cathleen Plesnarski, Ed.D. was appointed as Eastern Center for Arts and Technology’s Executive Director, effective March 18, 2019. Dr. Plesnarski has served as Assistant Director for Upper Bucks County Technical School since 2011. Dr. Plesnarski was selected from a large candidate pool for her knowledge of career and technical education, work in curriculum and instruction, and her leadership qualities.
Prior to her position at Upper Bucks County Technical School, Dr. Plesnarski was an Instructional Coach at Lehigh Career & Technical Institute providing job support to academic and career and technical teachers to improve student achievement. Dr. Plesnarski received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Pennsylvania State University, her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Lehigh University, and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Delaware Valley University.
“I am looking forward to beginning my new position at EASTERN,” said Dr. Plesnarski. “I am committed to student success through career and technical education, and EASTERN offers its students state-of-the-art equipment and cutting-edge instruction. EASTERN’s mission aligns with my belief in equipping all students with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to select, enter and succeed in a career.”
In the Executive Director position at EASTERN, Dr. Plesnarski will work with EASTERN’s administrative team to identify educational trends in secondary and adult career and technical education, work closely with all advisory committees, provide staffing when needed, and develop business opportunities that will benefit our students and the community.
On November 14-16, 2018, a delegation of 31 Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 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 6 awards for first place, 10 awards for second place and 6 awards for third place.
First Place Winners –
- Door Sign – Grace Alderman, Commercial Art/Springfield Township High School senior.
- Notebook (The Notebook competition is a cumulative notebook of activities including calendar of events, budget, community service activities and membership for each group participating) – Kelly Gibson, Veterinary Science/Abington Senior High School senior; Hannah Listokin, Cosmetology/Abington Senior High School junior; Xavier Johnson, Culinary Arts/Upper Moreland High School senior; Zaire Ruiz, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning/Abington Senior High School junior and Brian Kelly; Commercial Art/Bishop McDevitt High School junior.
Second Place Winners –
- Two Minute Speech – Janiece Saulsberry, Automotive Technology/Hatboro-Horsham High School junior.
- Cheer – Grace Alderman, Commercial Art/Springfield Township High School senior, Joanne Scott, Commercial Art/Hatboro-Horsham High School senior, Rowan Klotzbach, Veterinary Science/Hatboro-Horsham High School senior, AnnaMaria Stylianou, Veterinary Science/Upper Moreland High School senior, and Marcus Brooks, Construction Technology/Upper Moreland High School junior.
- Notebook – AnnaMaria Stylianou, Veterinary Science/Upper Moreland High School senior; Nicole Sherwood, Cosmetology/Hatboro-Horsham High School junior; Marcus Brooks, Construction Technology/Upper Moreland High School junior; and Jarred GraBois, Commercial Art/Lower Moreland High School junior.
Third Place Winners –
- Pin Design – Grace Alderman, Commercial Art/Springfield Township High School senior.
- Notebook – Ryan Coughlan, Commercial Art/Springfield Township High School junior; Janiece Saulsberry, Automotive Technology/Hatboro-Horsham High School junior; Emma Rose, Business and Technology Professional/Abington Senior High School junior; Colin Casey, Allied Health/Upper Moreland High School senior; Nicholas Bednarek, Automotive Technology/Abington Senior High School junior.
(From left to right) Charlie Zachmann, EASTERN Culinary Arts Instructor, Marcus Soucy, Hatboro-Horsham High School junior, Amy Zou, Springfield Township High School senior, Shaun Jones, Upper Moreland High School senior, Samantha Meehan, Abington Senior High School senior, and Ronan Smith, Upper Moreland High School senior, Hayley Granacher, EASTERN Culinary Arts Instructor, and Nicole Suanlarm, EASTERN Culinary Arts Instructional Aide.
Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Culinary Arts students and their instructors participated in Taste of Bucks-Mont held on November 1, 2018 at the Warrington Country Club. EASTERN Culinary Arts students placed second out of five high school teams. Congratulations to EASTERN Culinary Arts students, Shaun Jones, Team Captain/Upper Moreland High School senior, Amy Zou, Springfield Township High School senior, Samantha Meehan, Abington Senior High School senior, Ronan Smith, Upper Moreland High School senior, and Marcus Soucy, Hatboro-Horsham High School junior.
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On October 12, 2018, Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Protective Services students received specialized instruction on bleed control and wound packing with hemostatic dressings led by Ken Davidson, Assistant Chief for the Montgomery County Second Alarmer’s and Rescue Squad/Occupational Advisory Committee member for EASTERN’s Protective Services program.
Mr. Davidson discussed the importance of how to treat trauma and pack wounds to save a life, encourage healing and reduce the risk of bacterial infection. This instruction was done using a pork shoulder and fake blood to simulate a real-life emergency. This type of instruction provides a realistic look and feel for students to truly understand the severity of a deep wound and the necessary steps needed to assist the patient. Students were able to see the effectiveness of their wound packing, and how proper packing and pressure will stop the flow of blood.
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On October 4, 2018, Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2013 Allied Health Technology/Lower Moreland High School alum, Isabella Andre, provided a presentation on Nursing and the many ways in which it relates to the criminal justice field to EASTERN’s Protective Services students.
Andre is a registered nurse working in the geriatric healthcare sector. She shared her experiences in different hospital settings and her interactions with law enforcement. She informed the students of the many ways that nursing and the criminal justice system intersect. She noted that nurses can act as expert witnesses, treat victims of violence, and work in violence prevention, prisons or other correctional facilities.
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Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2011 Automotive Technology / Hatboro-Horsham High School alum, Tom Campbell, recently completed five years of service in the U.S. Marine Corps. and is now pursuing his associate degree at Montgomery County Community College in order to matriculate to Drexel for his Civil Engineering Bachelor of Science degree.
Campbell grew up with many career interests – one of which was cars and how they work. He visited EASTERN during a Hatboro-Horsham visit in 10th grade. He knew that Automotive Technology was the right program for him. He excelled in the class and become extremely involved in EASTERN’s student leadership organization, SkillsUSA.
After graduation from EASTERN, Campbell worked in the commercial auto parts industry for two years before beginning his dream of joining the Marine Corp. Being a Marine and attending college were two more goals Campbell set out to achieve. He knew that the G.I. Bill was a great opportunity for him to pay for his Civil Engineering degree after the military. Civil engineering is a professional engineering discipline that deals with the design, construction, and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environment, including works such as roads, bridges, canals, dams, airports, sewerage systems, pipelines, and railways.
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Dr. Volkman with EASTERN’s Administrative Team members (from left to right): Allison Larson, Supervisor of Career and Technical Education, Tom Allen, Executive Director, Dr. David Volkman, Dr. Art Levinowitz, EASTERN Joint Operating Committee President, Joe Greb, EASTERN’s Assistant Director.
On September 14, 2018, Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) received a visit from Dr. David Volkman, Pennsylvania Department of Education Executive Deputy Secretary. Dr. Volkman visited EASTERN as part of his Schools That Teach tour to see how students are being prepared for work in high-demand jobs.
Dr. Volkman’s welding lesson given by Erin Cass, EASTERN Welding Technology/Hatboro-Horsham senior.
Dr. Volkman met with EASTERN students and staff who showed him the career and technical education classrooms where high schoolers and adult learners receive training in cutting edge industry-aligned programs. He visited EASTERN’s newest program, Veterinary Science, learned some welding techniques in Welding Technology, virtually painted a car in Collision Repair Technology, performed some wiring in Electrical Technology, toured the Commercial Art program’s graphic design, illustration and photo studio areas, and visited the skills lab in the adult continuing education program – Practical Nursing.
“We were honored to be chosen as part of Dr. Volkman’s the Schools That Teach tour,” said Tom Allen, EASTERN’s Executive Director. “Our students take pride in our school and were excited to share some of what they are learning with him. Dr. Volkman’s willingness to jump right in and weld and paint a car made for a fun and memorable visit for our students, instructors and administration.”
Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2013 Allied Health/Lower Moreland High School alum, Isabella Andre, is now a full-time geriatric nurse at a comprehensive retirement community in Holland, PA. In June, she completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Holy Family University where she was a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society. She is also a member of EASTERN’s Allied Health Occupational Advisory Committee, which is a group of local industry professionals who volunteer their time to assist EASTERN’s instructors and administrators to keep the curriculum state-of-the-art.
Andre knew that helping others was going to be part of her future career choice. When Andre was in tenth grade at Lower Moreland High School, she visited EASTERN to check out the career and technical programs that they offer to Eastern Montgomery County high school juniors and seniors. She visited the Allied Health program and wanted to learn more about a career in healthcare. She enrolled and after experiencing her first day of clinical at Abington Jefferson Health, she knew she wanted to be a nurse.
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