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EASTERN’s Open House on March 1, 2020

EASTERN's Open House PostcardOpen House at Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) in Willow Grove is Sunday March 1, 2020 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’sCulinary 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, Construction Technology, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Electrical Technology, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, Networking and Cybersecurity, Protective Services, Robotics and Automated Technology, Veterinary Science, and Welding Technology.

Over the past 54 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 prepares students for successful futures,” said Joe Greb, EASTERN’s Assistant Director. “Throughout the year, we bring in representatives from colleges, businesses and military branches so that our students are aware of all of the different paths they can take toward their career goals. We are proud to offer our students a combination of skills and professional development to help them make informed decision regarding their futures.”

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Fun Ways to Support the EASTERN Foundation

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EASTERN’s New Culinary Arts Instructor – Benjamin Vozzo

Chef Ben Vozzo, EASTERN's new Culinary Arts InstructorBenjamin Vozzo was selected as the Culinary Arts Instructor at Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) starting in January 2020. Mr. Vozzo has an Associate of Culinary Arts from the Restaurant School of Philadelphia, and a Bachelor of Science in Food Marketing from Saint Joseph University. He has experience working abroad in Europe learning to prepare Spanish, French and Italian cuisine.

Since 2016, Mr. Vozzo worked as the Culinary Resource Manager at The Culinary Arts Institute of Montgomery County Community College (MCCC). Prior to MCCC, Mr. Vozzo was a Culinary Instructor at Star Career Academy, and served as Executive Chef at several upscale restaurants locally and throughout Key West, Florida.

“Through EASTERN’s strong partnership with Montgomery County Community College, I really got to know the staff and students at EASTERN over the past several years,” said Mr. Vozzo. “I have always been an advocate of career and technical education and feel as though EASTERN is a good fit for me as an educator. It is a place where my training, experience, and lifelong love of cooking can be utilized to create the next generation of culinarians.”

Culinary Arts at EASTERN enables students to acquire a variety of skills including soup and sauce preparation, preparation of meat, fish and poultry entrees, baking, kitchen sanitation, purchasing and inventory controls. For more information about EASTERN’s Culinary Arts program, please visit https://www.eastech.org/eastern-programs/cul/.

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Alumni Spotlight: Shawn Hakes, Commercial Art

Shawn Hakes, EASTERN 2016 Commercial Art graduate.Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2016 Commercial Art and Upper Moreland High School alumni, Shawn Hakes, is attending West Chester University for graphic design, while taking acting classes at a repertory theater in Philadelphia called Playhouse West Philadelphia. In addition to graphic design and acting, Hakes is also a volunteer for a non-profit organization called Speak About It, which travels to colleges discussing consent, boundaries and healthy relationships.

Prior to his studies at West Chester University, Shawn attended another art school that did not fit his needs. He withdrew from the program and took a year to work and focus on his acting education. He is an advocate for finding your passion and finding the right places to pursue it.

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EASTERN Alumni Spotlight: Elissa Johnson, Construction Technology

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2019 Construction Technology/Cheltenham High School graduate, Elissa Johnson, is a first-year apprentice at Klover Contracting. After four years, Elissa will complete her apprenticeship and become a Journeyman Carpenter, who builds, installs, and repairs structures, fixtures, and other items using different types of materials including wood and steel with the highest level of quality and efficiency. She was selected for her apprenticeship last June and plans to stay with the company long-term.

During her time in the Construction Technology program at EASTERN, Elissa proved herself to be a leader in the class. She served as an EASTERN student ambassador who spoke to potential EASTERN students about her program at various recruitment events, and was selected as the November 2018 Student of the Month.

As an apprentice at Klover Contracting, she is assigned to a different mentor every two months, which gives a glimpse into each area of the many construction trades. She has learned techniques on running a job site, ceiling structure, and dry wall framing – just to name a few. Klover Contracting also pays for Johnson to attend school at Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) for the classroom portion of her apprenticeship.

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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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