Eastern Center for Arts and Technology will be conducting an intruder drill on January 22, 2018 at 10:00 AM and 12:15 PM. This drill is required and Steve Beck, Montgomery County School Safety Coordinator, will be present. All students and staff will be aware it is a drill. The purpose of the drill is to allow all staff and students to discuss procedures and reinforce the importance of making decisions at critical moments. Situations involving an intruder are rare, yet preparing for this unlikely event is paramount to school safety.
Our School has adopted the Run, Hide, Fight Concept. In case of an active shooter, announcements will be made as often as possible during a situation. The decision to run, hide, or in extreme cases, fight is to be made by the classroom teacher or the staff in an area. The drill will give the students a chance to discuss as a class what they would do in a situation, review procedures, and review the locations for lock-down in the building. If you have any questions about the drill, please contact Allison Larson at 215-784-4817.
Open House at Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) in Willow Grove is Sunday, March 4, 2018 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 52 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 program offerings have changed and evolved to meet industry standards and local workforce needs.
“Over the past few years, a great deal of upgrades have been made to our facility and programs and we are proud to welcome the community to see it,” 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. Selecting a program at EASTERN is a choice to begin your professional development.”
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.
Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Welding Technology students will soon have a piece of art featuring their welds in an art exhibition at a popular Toronto art gallery called Franz Kaka. EASTERN Commercial Art/Hatboro-Horsham High School 2003 alumni, Carl Marin, will be featured in a two person show that runs from January 11 through February 3, 2018. Marin chose a campfire theme for his exhibit. He reached out to EASTERN’s Welding Technology Instructor, Meghan Cicchino, to recruit the assistance of her students to construct one of the sculptures.
From left to right: Meghan Cicchino, Welding Technology Instructor; Dan Kistner, Hatboro-Horsham High School senior; John Ferry, Abington High School senior; Tony DeFrancisco, Cheltenham High School senior; Austin Jaffe, Hatboro-Horsham High School senior; and Ronnald Jaskel, Hatboro-Horsham High School senior.
Marin enlisted the assistance of three welders each at a different stage of their career. EASTERN’s students represent the beginning of a welding career. Each participant in the project was given an identical set of cast aluminum sticks and asked to intuitively arrange and weld them together in a formation they believed would light on fire. EASTERN shipped back their sculpture and Marin will now paint all but the welds to look like a realistic campfire.
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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 54 pairs of pajamas and 28 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.
The Pajama Program collection has been a holiday tradition at EASTERN for many years, beginning with the efforts of Ellen Ainge, who retired in 2010. The collection has continued due to the overwhelming response of staff and instructors.
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Left to right: Steve Parke, Collision Repair Technology Instructor and Sunny Rooney
Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2015 Collision Repair Technology/Bishop McDevitt High School graduate, Sonora (Sunny) Rooney, is currently a Merchant Mariner. She is working on her Bachelor of Science degree at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York, on a full scholarship of $250,000. She will complete her education in 2022. Currently, there is a 13 percent female population in the Merchant Marine Academy – 30 females in a class of 280.
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On November 15-17, 2017, a delegation of thirty 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 12 awards for first place, 5 awards for second place and 10 awards for third place.
Leadership Conference – EASTERN student participants
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Eastern Center for Arts and Technology’s (EASTERN) Commercial Art program focuses on graphic design, illustration and photography. Each week they have a themed homework assignment/competition that allows students to get creative with their interpretations of each theme. The theme for the current class rotation is eye.
Students need to find or take a photograph related to the theme and turn it into an illustration. Students then vote for their favorites. The winner of the competition receives bragging rights and art supplies. Rob Steinbacher, Master Photographer/Commercial Art Instructional Assistant, also enters the competition and students can earn extra points if they correctly identify his artwork.
“All of our illustration submissions were outstanding,” said Nicole Mohrey, EASTERN’s Commercial Art Instructor. “Regardless of who wins the competition, they should all be proud of their efforts. I was extremely impressed with the various interpretations on the theme and the creativity was astounding. See…homework can be fun!”
EASTERN’s Commercial Art program covers everything from conceptual drawing and design to a professional portfolio. Students learn the value and application of their unique styles in both design and illustration. Students use industry standard software on the Macintosh platform. Software used includes Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Dreamweaver and Flash. For more information on EASTERN’s Commercial Art program, please visit www.eastech.org/eastern-programs/coa/.
Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2016 Business and Technology Professional/Cheltenham High School alumna, Autumn Clark, is currently the Enrollment Assistant at Penn Medicine, the University of Pennsylvania Health System located in Philadelphia.
Ever since Clark was a child she enjoyed working with computers and people. During a tenth-grade visit to EASTERN, she learned about a new program offering called Office Management (now called Business and Technology Professional.) Clark found this program to be a perfect fit because she was very interested in learning more about the Microsoft Office Suite, sharpening her accounting skills, and exploring careers in the business world.
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