Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Culinary Arts/Lower Moreland High School senior, Rachel Brodsky, is known in her class for her exceptional French Macaron recipe and was even called upon by her Culinary Arts Instructors to make them as an appreciation gift for Congresswoman Madeleine Dean and Congressman Andy Levin during their recent visit to EASTERN.
Rachel’s love of baking began several years before she enrolled in the Culinary Arts program at EASTERN. Her mother attempted French Macarons several years ago but felt defeated by the difficulty of the recipe. Never one to turn away from a challenge, Rachel began her own attempts at the dessert. She is still working to improve upon her recipe but is known for her outstanding French Macarons and makes them regularly as teacher gifts.
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Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2018 Automotive Technology and Abington Senior High School alumni, James McGinn, is serving our country and using the skills he acquired at EASTERN in the U.S. Air Force as a heavy equipment operator. On September 11, days before his deployment, he took the time to visit his former EASTERN instructor, George Stahl, and speak to the current Automotive Technology students about his career pathway.
McGinn performed at a high level during his tenure in EASTERN’s Automotive Technology program. He was one of two Automotive Technology high school seniors who qualifierd for the 2018 Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia High School Auto Tech Competition. At EASTERN’s Awards presentation in May 2018, McGinn received the Bryner Chevrolet Award.
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Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2018 Cosmetology/Hatboro-Horsham High School alumna, Chelsey West, attends West Chester University as a dual major in English Secondary Education and Special Education. She also works as a stylist at Salon 463 in Horsham during breaks from school and summers. With her Cosmetology license and the skills she acquired while at EASTERN, she is able to help support her education while doing something she loves.
Through EASTERN, high school juniors and seniors who reside in Eastern Montgomery County have the opportunity to complete the 1,250 documented class hours required to qualify them to take their Cosmetology license exam. Cosmetology has always been West’s passion and she wanted to explore the field as soon as possible. After some research, she was pleased to find that the Cosmetology program at EASTERN was an option available through her public education.
“Attending EASTERN was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Not only has it allowed me to become a master at my craft, but I have learned valuable lessons that I will carry on throughout my life,” said West. “I have never seen a school system that takes more pride in its students than EASTERN. Through the constant support and care from the staff and my peers, I was able succeed mentally, physically and educationally. I have grown tremendously and am proud of the person I am today, because of EASTERN.”
The Cosmetology program at EASTERN provides the skills necessary to begin a career in the cosmetology field. In Pennsylvania, as well as other states, cosmetologists must be licensed to practice in the field. After obtaining a cosmetology license, graduates can find opportunities in occupations such as a stylist, salon management, teaching, product representation, and development and design.
Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2019 Veterinary Science and Jenkintown High School graduate, Cassie Lynch, competed in the SkillsUSA National Competition for Customer Service in Louisville, KY from June 24 through June 28, 2019. The national competition is a showcase of career and technical education students in areas of technical skills and leadership. EASTERN is proud to announce that Cassie placed sixth in the nation.
“I am extremely proud of Cassie’s accomplishments and her determination,” said Karen McGeehan, Veterinary Science Instructor at EASTERN. “She has also set a high bar for herself and works hard to achieve her goals. Earning a spot at Nationals was an amazing way to compete her high school experience.”
After receiving many acceptances, Cassie chose Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA where she will take part in their Veterinary Medical Technologist program with a concentration in Equine Nursing, known as Equi-Assist.
EASTERN’s Veterinary Science program provides the opportunity to prepare for careers in the animal care industry and will provide students with a working knowledge of small animal industries. In this two-year half-day program, students will learn to support veterinarians by providing assistance during animal examinations; treatment administration and monitoring; managing animal and related health record information; and how to perform a range of selected practice-related duties. For more information, please visit www.eastech.org/eastern-programs/vet/.
Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) announces a new award honoring the memory of a man who was known by his family and friends as an advocate for skilled trades. Jim Ross was a student in EASTERN’s Continuing Education Welding Technology program in the 1970s. He was very proud that his three grandsons followed in his footsteps also pursuing Welding Technology, along with his granddaughter’s plan to enroll for the 2019–2020 school year. The Jim Ross Memorial Award for Skilled Trades will be given to a graduating senior who is hard-working and has drive and passion for his or her skilled trade–all qualities that Mr. Ross was known for among family, friends and coworkers. This year’s recipient is Miguel Jonas from Welding Technology and Abington Senior High School.
Mr. Ross passed away in August 2018, leaving behind a legacy of hard-work, impeccable work ethic, and enthusiasm for skilled trades, especially welding, electrical, HVAC, and construction. This award is sponsored by the Danko family, including his daughter, Lori, his son-in-law, Joe Danko, their children, Jacob and Callie, and Mr. Ross’s widow, Diane Ross.
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Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Continuing Education Welding Instructor, Rob Quinn, goes above and beyond in the education and training of his welding students. He begins each session by speaking one-on-one with each student, so he can learn what they want to get out of the class and strives to get them the quality welding education they are seeking.
Recently, Quinn found that many of his students were using this training to launch into new careers, so he thought local company visits would be a good start in connecting students with employers. He reached out to several establishments that he had worked with and coordinated the visits all for the same night instead of reporting to EASTERN. One of the companies ended up hiring two of his students.
After high school, Quinn was working in a job that was going nowhere. He got the opportunity to fill in short term at a local company’s machine shop. He truly enjoyed the work, and ended up getting hired long-term, while becoming increasingly interested in metalworking. He decided to take a machining class at EASTERN, and then took the “Intro to Welding” course that he now teaches. His experience in the field included a lot of training with industry experts. As his welding at work improved, he started taking certification tests and now holds multiple certifications for different processes and materials.
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Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2018 Welding Technology/Hatboro-Horsham High School graduate, Dan Kistner, never imagined that his welding education would take him to international locations. For the past several months, Kistner has been working as a welder/fabricator at Environmental Tectonics Corporation (ETC) based out of Southampton. He recently returned from a welding project in Dubai through ETC. He will return to Dubai in late summer to complete the project.
While in 8th grade, Kistner visited EASTERN during an 8th grade trip with Hatboro-Horsham – which was his first introduction to welding as a career field. Prior to enrolling in Welding Technology as a junior in high school, Kistner accepted a summer job where he was able to shadow a welder. After the visit to EASTERN and learning more about welding at his summer job – he knew this was the right career field for him.
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On May 16, 2019, Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Business and Technology Professional/Hatboro-Horsham High School senior, Marcus Donaldson, completed his internship for Pennsylvania State Representative Thomas Murt. Donaldson was selected by Erin Derby, EASTERN’s Business and Technology Professional Instructor, to provide administrative support to Representative Murt’s office once a week from October through May.
Representative Murt has been a longtime supporter of career and technical education and served for many years as a School Director and Township Commissioner prior to being elected to the House in 2006. This experience provided Marcus with the opportunity to refine his administrative skills, communication skills, professionalism, and office technology skills.
“Marcus has enjoyed his time working at Representative Murt’s office, and we feel as though he was a good fit,” said Joe Greb, EASTERN’s Assistant Director. “Marcus is personable and has a strong work ethic that will serve him well in college. He did an excellent job as an intern this year, and I look forward to seeing what he accomplishes in the future.”
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