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EASTERN Student Spotlight: Grace Henry, Veterinary Science

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Veterinary Science/Abington Senior High School senior, Grace Henry, has been selected by her Veterinary Science Instructor to take on an important role in a new partnership with Wags Rescue & Referral (Wags) in Southampton. EASTERN’s Veterinary Science program will work with Wags to groom the animals and get them adoption-ready. This includes grooming, photographing the animals for the Wags website, and writing the animal description.

Wags strives to place animals in their care in the most appropriate and permanent living situation. Until that perfect home can be found, animals remain in the care of one of their dedicated foster parents. Grace will be the contact for the foster families. She will work with them to schedule grooming, photos, and work with the foster family on an accurate description of the animal and its personality.

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Representative Benjamin Sanchez and Michael Markman Visit

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) was honored to receive a visit from Representative Benjamin Sanchez and Michael Markman. Representative Sanchez represents the 153rd Legislative District in Montgomery County, which includes two of EASTERN’s participating districts, Abington and Upper Dublin. Michael Markman is the President of BET Investments, a real estate management and development company that owns, manages, develops and leases mixed-use projects, shopping centers, office buildings and apartment complexes throughout the United States.

Representative Sanchez and Mr. Markman were greeted by several EASTERN SkillsUSA School-Wide Officers, including Upper Moreland High School seniors, Isabella Fenerty from the Veterinary Science program and Marcus Brooks from the Construction Technology program, and Kody Levine from the Collision Repair Technology program and Lower Moreland High School. Orie Zaga, SkillsUSA PR Reporter and Commercial Art senior from Abington Senior High School, served as official photographer for the tour.

Representative Sanchez and Mr. Markman were joined on their tour by EASTERN’s Executive Director, Dr. Cathleen Plesnarski, EASTERN’s Assistant Director, Joe Greb, EASTERN’s Joint Operating Committee President, Dr. Art Levinowitz, and EASTERN’s Superintendent of Record, Dr. Robert Milrod. Tour stops included Commercial Art, Welding Technology, Construction Technology, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, Electrical Technology, and Collision Repair Technology.

“It was an honor to have such distinguished guests offer to visit our facility and talk to our students,” said Dr. Plesnarski, EASTERN’s Executive Director. “The student tour guides in each program were excited to show Representative Sanchez and Mr. Markman projects they are working on and to discuss their career goals. Both Representative Sanchez and Mr. Markman noted how impressed they were with our students and the level of skills they saw on the tour. That speaks to the high-level of education that we are proud to provide in each of our career programs.”

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EASTERN Student Spotlight: Rachel Brodsky, Culinary Arts

Rachel Brodsky, EASTERN Culinary Arts student wearing her chef's uniform. 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 Alumni Spotlight: James McGinn, Automotive Technology

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 Alumni Spotlight: Chelsey West, Cosmetology

Chelsea West, Cosmetology alumna 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.

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Cassie Lynch Participates in SkillsUSA National Competition

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/.

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New EASTERN Award: Jim Ross Memorial Award for Skilled Trades

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 Adult Education Instructor Spotlight: Rob Quinn, Welding

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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