Open House at Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) in Willow Grove is Sunday, March 3, 2019 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 53 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 programs continue to evolve to meet industry standards and local workforce needs.
“EASTERN is the first step to a successful career,” 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. We are dedicated to helping our students develop a plan to achieve their future career goals.”
EASTERN is located at 3075 Terwood Road in Willow Grove. Please contact Amy Shields at 215-784-4806 or firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Business and Technology Professional Instructor, Marketa Crane and Alimah Kasumu.
Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Business and Technology Professional/Abington
Senior High School senior, Alimah Kasumu, is preparing for a career in the business field while in high school. The real-world atmosphere and experiences she has gained through her career and technical program at EASTERN has helped her with her own small business ventures.
Alimah chose the Business and Technology Professional program at EASTERN because she always had strong entrepreneurial spirit. She has already started two small businesses, a clothing line and a line of natural cosmetics. She recently placed first in the local SkillsUSA Technical Computer Applications competition and will be advancing to the district level later this month. SkillsUSA is EASTERN’s student leadership organization. At Abington Senior High School, Alimah is the President of the Fashion Club in which she organizes Fashion Club meetings and plans activities – such as an upcoming fashion show.
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On November 9, 2018, Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Protective Services students received specialized instruction on Bleeding Control and Active Shooter training at the Abington Public Safety Training facility from professionals in the field. EASTERN’s Protective Services Instructor, Mark Zaslavsky, worked with Ken Davidson, Assistant Chief for the Montgomery County Second Alarmer’s and Rescue Squad/Occupational Advisory Committee member for EASTERN’s Protective Services program, to make this opportunity available to the students. The Abington Police Department supported the exercises with the evaluators, role players and tactical equipment.
The students ran through scenarios on proper procedures in various emergency situations. These situations included an officer down, simulated tactical self-aid, buddy aid, and self-aid under fire. Students reviewed emergency medical equipment commonly used in the field and received a demonstration on the use of drones with video capabilities for perimeter monitoring.
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Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2018 Welding Technology/Upper Moreland High School alum, Alex Bermudez, is proudly serving in the U.S. Navy as a Hull Maintenance Technician Fireman Recruit (HTFR). Over the next two months, he will continue a basic engineering course in Great Lakes, Illinois. As he completes the class, he will then be given his orders. He was able to take a brief leave over the holidays in which he visited EASTERN and spoke to the current Welding Technology class about his experiences in the Navy.
After visiting EASTERN as a sophomore in high school, he chose the Welding Technology program because of the hands-on nature of the trade and the promising career prospects for welders in the military. HTFR Bermudez had a strong interest in the military. His brother serves in the Marine Corp. He chose the Navy because he wanted to choose a different path, and because he knew that there was a great need for welders. He is currently enlisted for a five-year contract but is considering making the Navy a career. He plans to take advantage of the military tuition assistance to start an online postsecondary program in engineering once he knows where he will be stationed.
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From left to right – Amy Shields, EASTERN’s Organizational Advancement Director, Cheryl Gill, Bethanna Executive Policy Director, and Eileen Collins, EASTERN’s Assistant to the Career and Technical Supervisor.
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 55 pairs of pajamas and 23 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. EASTERN’s student leadership organization, SkillsUSA, has also chosen the Pajama Program as its charity of choice this year, and held fundraisers in the fall to raise money for the organization. EASTERN students raised over $400 for the Pajama Program.
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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; Tyler Harkin, 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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