Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2011 Protective Services/Upper Dublin High School alumna, Kelly Tascarella, has been a volunteer fire fighter for the Fort Washington Fire Company for the past seven years and is currently Area Supervisor for G4S, the leading global integrated security company, specializing in the provision of security products, services and solutions.
At G4S, Tascarella manages 35 sites and more than 200 security guards in Northeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey. She is also the newest member of EASTERN’s Protective Services Occupational Advisory Committee (OAC). The OAC assists EASTERN instructors and administrators to ensure that curriculum and tools being used in each program are industry standard and state-of-the-art.
When Tascarella was only five years old, she began Tae Kwon Do – which was the beginning of her desire to commit herself to helping and protecting others. During a tenth-grade visit to EASTERN, Tascarella found that the Protective Services program at EASTERN was a perfect fit for her to further explore careers that aligned with her interests in firefighting and police fields.
When Tascarella was a junior in high school, she received the Junior First Responder Scholarship for her work at the Fort Washington Fire Company and was formally recognized at the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce’s Community Heroes & Future Leaders Awards Ceremony. After graduating from Upper Dublin High School and EASTERN’s Protective Services program, Kelly attended Montgomery County Community College for Criminal Justice and then went on to graduate from Temple University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice in May 2016. At Temple University, she was recognized with several awards, including the Campus Leadership Award in 2016.
“EASTERN helped me get to where I am today, and I am thrilled to give back as an OAC member,” said Tascarella. “Protective Services at EASTERN was such a great stepping stone for my college education and my career. The industry certifications and real-world experience you receive truly provide you with an edge in college or career field. I am glad I took advantage of this opportunity while I was in high school.”