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EASTERN Alumni Spotlight: Joseph Motzer

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Automotive Technology/Hatboro-Horsham High School 2017 graduate, Joseph (Joey) Motzer, recently completed the Porsche Training Apprenticeship Program (PTAP). He was sponsored by his employer, Sloan’s Porsche of Warrington, because of his drive and ambition.

As a sophomore at Hatboro-Horsham High School, Motzer chose Automotive Technology at EASTERN simply because he thought cars were cool. As he progressed through the program during his junior and senior years of high school, he realized there was a great deal to learn in this field aside from the physical aspects of the vehicle.

“EASTERN prepared me for furthering my education by building a foundation. We covered almost all of the basics of being a technician. I could have confidently jumped into the auto industry right after EASTERN, but I wanted to continue my education and learn more about Porsche in particular,” said Motzer. “The best advice that I have to offer a student considering the Automotive Technology program is, if you keep focused and are willing to take everything the program has to offer, you can be successful. This career isn’t all oil changes and tire rotations. If you’re committed to the field, anything is possible. Also, don’t forget to wear gloves!”

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Business & Technology Student Spotlight: Kimberling Villafuerte

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Business and Technology Professional/Cheltenham High School senior, Kimberling (Kimmy) Villafuerte, is currently working on her college applications and essays. Her essays focus on overcoming great challenges and achieving success through hard work and dedication. Her goal is to attend Penn State Abington to pursue a degree in Rehabilitation and Human Services. She will transfer nine college credits earned through the Business and Technology Professional dual enrollment partnership with Montgomery County Community College.

As a sophomore at Cheltenham High School, Kimmy decided to visit a few programs at EASTERN. As someone who takes pride in her writing and organization skills, she chose to enhance her skills and prepare for college in EASTERN’s Business and Technology Professional program. Born and raised for much of her life in Mexico, Kimmy worked hard to master the English language and then to overcome some physical challenges she endured after a serious accident in 2014.

Learning to adapt and overcome physical and emotional challenges have given Kimmy the strong desire to help others that have been in a similar situation. She plans to become a social worker, and eventually attain her law degree.

“The education I received at EASTERN has better prepared me for college and given me more confidence in all aspects,” said Kimmy. “The atmosphere at EASTERN is one of support and encouragement. Choosing a program at EASTERN and getting a head start on college was a great choice for me.”

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EASTERN Student Spotlight: Ryan Coughlan, Commercial Art

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Commercial Art/Springfield Township High School senior, Ryan Coughlan, is using his ingenuity and creativity to compete in the pin design contest for the Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) Fall Leadership Conference to be held at Pocono Manor Resort this coming November.

Ryan, who is EASTERN’s SkillsUSA School-Wide Vice President, has always had a love for art. When he was a sophomore at Springfield Township High School, Ryan was pleased to learn that he could spend half the day in EASTERN’s Commercial Art program learning the value and application of his unique style in both design and illustration, and how to use industry-standard software.

He is currently working on seven designs to submit for the Pin Design competition. The concept is based off of leadership. From there, Ryan was inspired to create designs based of three slogans that he developed: Lead to Inspire, Stand with Power, and Explore your Possibility. The designs will be judged on criteria such as originality, creativity, appropriateness of the slogan, professional appearance, and presentation.

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EASTERN Student Spotlight: Grace Henry, Veterinary Science

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Veterinary Science/Abington Senior High School senior, Grace Henry, has been selected by her Veterinary Science Instructor to take on an important role in a new partnership with Wags Rescue & Referral (Wags) in Southampton. EASTERN’s Veterinary Science program will work with Wags to groom the animals and get them adoption-ready. This includes grooming, photographing the animals for the Wags website, and writing the animal description.

Wags strives to place animals in their care in the most appropriate and permanent living situation. Until that perfect home can be found, animals remain in the care of one of their dedicated foster parents. Grace will be the contact for the foster families. She will work with them to schedule grooming, photos, and work with the foster family on an accurate description of the animal and its personality.

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Representative Benjamin Sanchez and Michael Markman Visit

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) was honored to receive a visit from Representative Benjamin Sanchez and Michael Markman. Representative Sanchez represents the 153rd Legislative District in Montgomery County, which includes two of EASTERN’s participating districts, Abington and Upper Dublin. Michael Markman is the President of BET Investments, a real estate management and development company that owns, manages, develops and leases mixed-use projects, shopping centers, office buildings and apartment complexes throughout the United States.

Representative Sanchez and Mr. Markman were greeted by several EASTERN SkillsUSA School-Wide Officers, including Upper Moreland High School seniors, Isabella Fenerty from the Veterinary Science program and Marcus Brooks from the Construction Technology program, and Kody Levine from the Collision Repair Technology program and Lower Moreland High School. Orie Zaga, SkillsUSA PR Reporter and Commercial Art senior from Abington Senior High School, served as official photographer for the tour.

Representative Sanchez and Mr. Markman were joined on their tour by EASTERN’s Executive Director, Dr. Cathleen Plesnarski, EASTERN’s Assistant Director, Joe Greb, EASTERN’s Joint Operating Committee President, Dr. Art Levinowitz, and EASTERN’s Superintendent of Record, Dr. Robert Milrod. Tour stops included Commercial Art, Welding Technology, Construction Technology, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, Electrical Technology, and Collision Repair Technology.

“It was an honor to have such distinguished guests offer to visit our facility and talk to our students,” said Dr. Plesnarski, EASTERN’s Executive Director. “The student tour guides in each program were excited to show Representative Sanchez and Mr. Markman projects they are working on and to discuss their career goals. Both Representative Sanchez and Mr. Markman noted how impressed they were with our students and the level of skills they saw on the tour. That speaks to the high-level of education that we are proud to provide in each of our career programs.”

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EASTERN Student Spotlight: Rachel Brodsky, Culinary Arts

Rachel Brodsky, EASTERN Culinary Arts student wearing her chef's uniform. Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Culinary Arts/Lower Moreland High School senior, Rachel Brodsky, is known in her class for her exceptional French Macaron recipe and was even called upon by her Culinary Arts Instructors to make them as an appreciation gift for Congresswoman Madeleine Dean and Congressman Andy Levin during their recent visit to EASTERN.

Rachel’s love of baking began several years before she enrolled in the Culinary Arts program at EASTERN. Her mother attempted French Macarons several years ago but felt defeated by the difficulty of the recipe. Never one to turn away from a challenge, Rachel began her own attempts at the dessert. She is still working to improve upon her recipe but is known for her outstanding French Macarons and makes them regularly as teacher gifts.

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EASTERN Alumni Spotlight: James McGinn, Automotive Technology

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2018 Automotive Technology and Abington Senior High School alumni, James McGinn, is serving our country and using the skills he acquired at EASTERN in the U.S. Air Force as a heavy equipment operator. On September 11, days before his deployment, he took the time to visit his former EASTERN instructor, George Stahl, and speak to the current Automotive Technology students about his career pathway.

McGinn performed at a high level during his tenure in EASTERN’s Automotive Technology program. He was one of two Automotive Technology high school seniors who qualifierd for the 2018 Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia High School Auto Tech Competition. At EASTERN’s Awards presentation in May 2018, McGinn received the Bryner Chevrolet Award.

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EASTERN Alumni Spotlight: Chelsey West, Cosmetology

Chelsea West, Cosmetology alumna Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2018 Cosmetology/Hatboro-Horsham High School alumna, Chelsey West, attends West Chester University as a dual major in English Secondary Education and Special Education. She also works as a stylist at Salon 463 in Horsham during breaks from school and summers. With her Cosmetology license and the skills she acquired while at EASTERN, she is able to help support her education while doing something she loves.

Through EASTERN, high school juniors and seniors who reside in Eastern Montgomery County have the opportunity to complete the 1,250 documented class hours required to qualify them to take their Cosmetology license exam. Cosmetology has always been West’s passion and she wanted to explore the field as soon as possible. After some research, she was pleased to find that the Cosmetology program at EASTERN was an option available through her public education.

“Attending EASTERN was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Not only has it allowed me to become a master at my craft, but I have learned valuable lessons that I will carry on throughout my life,” said West. “I have never seen a school system that takes more pride in its students than EASTERN. Through the constant support and care from the staff and my peers, I was able succeed mentally, physically and educationally. I have grown tremendously and am proud of the person I am today, because of EASTERN.”

The Cosmetology program at EASTERN provides 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. After obtaining a cosmetology license, graduates can find opportunities in occupations such as a stylist, salon management, teaching, product representation, and development and design.

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