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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Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2017 Automotive Technology / Archbishop Wood High School alum, Nick Hawthorne, has been serving in the U.S. Army since he graduated from high school. Last April, he graduated from the United States Army Airborne School and is currently with his unit in Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he works as an airborne wheeled vehicle mechanic and a paratrooper. As an airborne wheeled vehicle mechanic, Hawthorne trouble shoots, repairs and maintains Humvees, LMTVs and other military vehicles.
Hawthorne developed a love of cars at a young age. While in tenth grade, he heard about the career and technical program at EASTERN from a friend who was attending the Collision Repair Technology program. After visiting EASTERN, he decided to enroll in the Automotive Technology program. Hawthorne did exceedingly well in the Automotive Technology program and was selected as the student representative for EASTERN’s Executive Advisory Committee during his senior year.
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Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Electrical Technology/Upper Dublin High School senior, Nick Bevilacqua, is currently an electrical summer intern at Upper Dublin School District. He is using the electrical skills he obtained at EASTERN on-the-job at Upper Dublin’s elementary, middle and high schools. Among his many summer projects, he is replacing the lights in the Upper Dublin High School pool and running wires for the air conditioning units in the elementary schools.
Nick first heard about this opportunity through his father, an electrician who had this job at Upper Dublin when he was Nick’s age. Nick spoke to his EASTERN Electrical Technology Instructor, Gary Felmey, about this opportunity and learned that other EASTERN students have done this in the past. Nick applied for the position and has been enjoying a paid summer internship refining his electrical skills and boosting his resume.
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Kevin Finegan was selected as the Computer Network Administration Instructor at EASTERN starting in August 2018. As a 1999 alumnus of the Computer Network Administration program and Bishop McDevitt High School, he has enjoyed a successful career in the technology industry while pursuing many industry certifications.
Mr. Finegan has expertise in networking technologies, including installing, configuring, and maintaining all facets of the network. He comes to EASTERN as a Senior Systems Engineer from a King of Prussia-based company that provides clinical trial payment solutions. He holds an associate degree from Montgomery County Community College in PC / LAN Networking, and industry-standard certification in many areas, including Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist, Microsoft Certified Professional, and Novell CNA.
“I am very excited to be coming back to EASTERN as an instructor,” said Mr. Finegan. “I now have a chance to teach and inspire the next generation of technology enthusiasts. For me, EASTERN was the start of my career planning and the first step on my path to success in the computer networking industry.”
Computer Network Administration students use the latest technologies, and learn to install, configure, and support an organization’s local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and internet systems. Students must pass the Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) in the first year of the program and are prepared for other industry certification exams in Microsoft Server and Linux. For more information about EASTERN’s Computer Network Administration program, please visit www.eastech.org/eastern-programs/cna/.