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.
Nick heard about the programs at EASTERN during the 10th Grade Career Expo assembly at Upper Dublin High School. During this presentation, Nick heard from an EASTERN representative and a few Upper Dublin EASTERN students. He decided to visit the Automotive Technology and Electrical Technology programs, but ultimately decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and take the first steps toward becoming an electrician.
“Taking Electrical Technology at EASTERN has benefitted me in so many ways,” said Nick. “The hands-on experience provides a greater level of field knowledge. You are doing the work – not just talking about it. I really love the idea of career and technical education and have learned so much. Without the skills I gained at EASTERN, I would not have this great summer internship.”
After graduation from Upper Dublin High School and completing his Electrical Technology program at EASTERN, Nick plans to work with an electrician and complete an electrical apprenticeship program. Ultimately, Nick would like to become a master electrician.