Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2015 Electrical Technology/Abington High School graduate, Noah Grochowaski Jr., was selected shortly before high school graduation last year to be the Aramark Maintenance Trainee for one year at EASTERN. Grochowaski was nominated by his EASTERN Electrical Technology instructor, Gary Felmey, and was one of four students from EASTERN interviewed by Aramark. After one year at EASTERN, Aramark plans to move Grochowaski to another Aramark location.
Grochowaski is in his first year of EASTERN’s Continuing Education Electrical Apprenticeship program – a four year program held in the evening. Once his four-year education is complete, he will be half way to becoming a journeyman electrician. Obtaining a journeyman’s certification tells an employer that Grochowaski has completed the schooling and hands-on apprenticeship hours to be an expert in the field.
While in tenth grade, Grochowaski attended a presentation about EASTERN at Abington High School, and subsequently attended EASTERN’s Open House. Knowing he wanted to do some form of construction work, he visited the Electrical Technology, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning and Construction Technology programs during his visit. Although he was interested in all three program, he found Electrical Technology to be the best fit for him.
“Not many people think a trade is very important, and think a four-year college is the only option. They don’t realize that these skills will help you in the future by allowing you to fix things in your own house and saving money,” said Grochowaski. “You also earn the same credits that you earn at your high school for graduation, so college is definitely an option.”
Ultimately, Grochowaski plans on completing his apprenticeship program at EASTERN, and continuing his maintenance career with Aramark.