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.
First place Esthetics winner, Hannah Sebenick and her model, Carlie Kirschen from Upper Moreland High School.
Thirty-six students from the Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) won medals in skill areas or leadership at the SkillsUSA District Competitions held January 24 through February 1, 2019 at Middle Bucks Institute of Technology. First-place winners will represent EASTERN at the state-level competitions to be held April 10 – 12, 2019 in Hershey, PA. SkillsUSA is a national student leadership organization that encourages career and technical students to be productive individuals in our democratic society.
Medalists from EASTERN are:
Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2002 Electrical Technology and Bishop McDevitt High School alumni, Joe Riggs, has enjoyed a successful career with International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 126. After completing the Electrical Technology program in high school, he continued his education in EASTERN’s four-year electrical apprenticeship program.
Riggs always knew he wanted a career in the building trades. He took a tour of EASTERN while in 10th grade and chose Electrical Technology. He excelled in the program and was involved in the student leadership organization – winning first place in the local electrical competition and competing at the state level. With the help of his EASTERN instructor, Rick Fiorentino, he was selected to work for an electrician part-time while in high school.
“I have restored power on almost every major storm/disaster since joining the IBEW Local 126 – traveling all over the country to do so,” said Riggs. “In the last 10 years I feel like I haven’t worked a single day because of how much I love what I do. I have a great life thanks to EASTERN.”
Electrical Technology training will provide the essential hands-on and safety skills that a student needs to pursue a rewarding career in the electrical construction industry. This two-year multi-faceted career program enables the student to learn the basics of electricity as well as residential and commercial wiring, data cabling and basic fiber optic installation. To learn more about Electrical Technology, please visit www.eastech.org/eastern-programs/ele.
Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2016 Protective Services and Upper Moreland High School alumni, Dante Newman, is a volunteer firefighter for the Willow Grove Fire Company – Engine 10. He returned to EASTERN on January 10 to assist EASTERN’s Protective Services Instructor, Mark Zaslavsky, with a lesson regarding proper ladder safety and carrying techniques used in firefighting.
Newman has been a volunteer member of the Willow Grove Fire Company since he was 16 years old. Now 21, he is still passionate about the field. As a sophomore in high school, he found out about the Protective Services program at EASTERN, and knew that would help him improve his skills and learn more about the field.
Newman wanted to give back to EASTERN, so he reached out to the Protective Services instructor to see if he could assist with the firefighting portion of the curriculum. Ladder carrying techniques are required for firefighters to learn and follow because time and safety are the highest priorities in emergency situations.
“The Protective Services program gave me more confidence in my career choice,” said Newman. “You learn about several career fields in one class – firefighting, police and EMT. It is a great opportunity to learn and experience real-world scenarios while in high school.”
Protective Services is a multi-disciplined program developed in consultation with a countywide advisory committee of law enforcement, fire science, security professionals and post-secondary institutions. Detailed instruction is provided on leadership, criminal, motor vehicle crash and fire investigation, first responders, security systems, terrorism, firefighting, hazardous materials and emergency communications.
(left to right) Mariel Bria and Ms. Nicole Mohrey
Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2016 Commercial Art and Abington Senior High School alumna, Mariel Bria is half-way through her junior year at East Stroudsburg University where she is completing her degree in Recreation and Tourism Management. Due to her hard work and diligence, she will graduate a semester early in December of 2019. She has already secured a summer internship with Plymouth Township Parks and Recreation Department where she will assist in the planning of summer activities.
Bria chose the Commercial Art program at EASTERN after scheduling a personal tour. She had a strong interest in art, illustration in particular, and wanted to learn more about careers in the Commercial Art field. With the marketing and presentation skills she obtained through her Commercial Art program, she decided to pursue Recreation and Tourism Management in college. Although not the typical route taken by Commercial Art students, Bria felt that many of the skills she acquired were transferable to the marketing, promotions and management fields.
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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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