Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2016 Protective Services and Upper Moreland High School alumni, Dante Newman, is a volunteer firefighter for the Willow Grove Fire Company – Engine 10. He returned to EASTERN on January 10 to assist EASTERN’s Protective Services Instructor, Mark Zaslavsky, with a lesson regarding proper ladder safety and carrying techniques used in firefighting.
Newman has been a volunteer member of the Willow Grove Fire Company since he was 16 years old. Now 21, he is still passionate about the field. As a sophomore in high school, he found out about the Protective Services program at EASTERN, and knew that would help him improve his skills and learn more about the field.
Newman wanted to give back to EASTERN, so he reached out to the Protective Services instructor to see if he could assist with the firefighting portion of the curriculum. Ladder carrying techniques are required for firefighters to learn and follow because time and safety are the highest priorities in emergency situations.
“The Protective Services program gave me more confidence in my career choice,” said Newman. “You learn about several career fields in one class – firefighting, police and EMT. It is a great opportunity to learn and experience real-world scenarios while in high school.”
Protective Services is a multi-disciplined program developed in consultation with a countywide advisory committee of law enforcement, fire science, security professionals and post-secondary institutions. Detailed instruction is provided on leadership, criminal, motor vehicle crash and fire investigation, first responders, security systems, terrorism, firefighting, hazardous materials and emergency communications.
(left to right) Mariel Bria and Ms. Nicole Mohrey
Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2016 Commercial Art and Abington Senior High School alumna, Mariel Bria is half-way through her junior year at East Stroudsburg University where she is completing her degree in Recreation and Tourism Management. Due to her hard work and diligence, she will graduate a semester early in December of 2019. She has already secured a summer internship with Plymouth Township Parks and Recreation Department where she will assist in the planning of summer activities.
Bria chose the Commercial Art program at EASTERN after scheduling a personal tour. She had a strong interest in art, illustration in particular, and wanted to learn more about careers in the Commercial Art field. With the marketing and presentation skills she obtained through her Commercial Art program, she decided to pursue Recreation and Tourism Management in college. Although not the typical route taken by Commercial Art students, Bria felt that many of the skills she acquired were transferable to the marketing, promotions and management fields.
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Business and Technology Professional Instructor, Marketa Crane and Alimah Kasumu.
Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Business and Technology Professional/Abington
Senior High School senior, Alimah Kasumu, is preparing for a career in the business field while in high school. The real-world atmosphere and experiences she has gained through her career and technical program at EASTERN has helped her with her own small business ventures.
Alimah chose the Business and Technology Professional program at EASTERN because she always had strong entrepreneurial spirit. She has already started two small businesses, a clothing line and a line of natural cosmetics. She recently placed first in the local SkillsUSA Technical Computer Applications competition and will be advancing to the district level later this month. SkillsUSA is EASTERN’s student leadership organization. At Abington Senior High School, Alimah is the President of the Fashion Club in which she organizes Fashion Club meetings and plans activities – such as an upcoming fashion show.
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On November 9, 2018, Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Protective Services students received specialized instruction on Bleeding Control and Active Shooter training at the Abington Public Safety Training facility from professionals in the field. EASTERN’s Protective Services Instructor, Mark Zaslavsky, worked with Ken Davidson, Assistant Chief for the Montgomery County Second Alarmer’s and Rescue Squad/Occupational Advisory Committee member for EASTERN’s Protective Services program, to make this opportunity available to the students. The Abington Police Department supported the exercises with the evaluators, role players and tactical equipment.
The students ran through scenarios on proper procedures in various emergency situations. These situations included an officer down, simulated tactical self-aid, buddy aid, and self-aid under fire. Students reviewed emergency medical equipment commonly used in the field and received a demonstration on the use of drones with video capabilities for perimeter monitoring.
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Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2018 Welding Technology/Upper Moreland High School alum, Alex Bermudez, is proudly serving in the U.S. Navy as a Hull Maintenance Technician Fireman Recruit (HTFR). Over the next two months, he will continue a basic engineering course in Great Lakes, Illinois. As he completes the class, he will then be given his orders. He was able to take a brief leave over the holidays in which he visited EASTERN and spoke to the current Welding Technology class about his experiences in the Navy.
After visiting EASTERN as a sophomore in high school, he chose the Welding Technology program because of the hands-on nature of the trade and the promising career prospects for welders in the military. HTFR Bermudez had a strong interest in the military. His brother serves in the Marine Corp. He chose the Navy because he wanted to choose a different path, and because he knew that there was a great need for welders. He is currently enlisted for a five-year contract but is considering making the Navy a career. He plans to take advantage of the military tuition assistance to start an online postsecondary program in engineering once he knows where he will be stationed.
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From left to right – Amy Shields, EASTERN’s Organizational Advancement Director, Cheryl Gill, Bethanna Executive Policy Director, and Eileen Collins, EASTERN’s Assistant to the Career and Technical Supervisor.
The Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) faculty and staff members held a pajama and book drive throughout the months of November and December to benefit the Pajama Program. They collected 55 pairs of pajamas and 23 books to benefit children in need during the winter season. EASTERN extends a huge debt of gratitude to its generous staff, instructors, administration and to a local anonymous supporter who made a substantial donation to this effort. EASTERN’s student leadership organization, SkillsUSA, has also chosen the Pajama Program as its charity of choice this year, and held fundraisers in the fall to raise money for the organization. EASTERN students raised over $400 for the Pajama Program.
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Cathleen Plesnarski, Ed.D. was appointed as Eastern Center for Arts and Technology’s Executive Director, effective March 18, 2019. Dr. Plesnarski has served as Assistant Director for Upper Bucks County Technical School since 2011. Dr. Plesnarski was selected from a large candidate pool for her knowledge of career and technical education, work in curriculum and instruction, and her leadership qualities.
Prior to her position at Upper Bucks County Technical School, Dr. Plesnarski was an Instructional Coach at Lehigh Career & Technical Institute providing job support to academic and career and technical teachers to improve student achievement. Dr. Plesnarski received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Pennsylvania State University, her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Lehigh University, and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Delaware Valley University.
“I am looking forward to beginning my new position at EASTERN,” said Dr. Plesnarski. “I am committed to student success through career and technical education, and EASTERN offers its students state-of-the-art equipment and cutting-edge instruction. EASTERN’s mission aligns with my belief in equipping all students with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to select, enter and succeed in a career.”
In the Executive Director position at EASTERN, Dr. Plesnarski will work with EASTERN’s administrative team to identify educational trends in secondary and adult career and technical education, work closely with all advisory committees, provide staffing when needed, and develop business opportunities that will benefit our students and the community.
On November 14-16, 2018, a delegation of 31 Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) SkillsUSA students and three advisors participated in the Annual District 2 Career and Technical Student Organization’s Leadership Conference at the Pocono Manor Resort. Approximately 200 students attended from seven different career and technical centers from surrounding counties. EASTERN students achieved 6 awards for first place, 10 awards for second place and 6 awards for third place.
First Place Winners –
- Door Sign – Grace Alderman, Commercial Art/Springfield Township High School senior.
- Notebook (The Notebook competition is a cumulative notebook of activities including calendar of events, budget, community service activities and membership for each group participating) – Kelly Gibson, Veterinary Science/Abington Senior High School senior; Hannah Listokin, Cosmetology/Abington Senior High School junior; Xavier Johnson, Culinary Arts/Upper Moreland High School senior; Zaire Ruiz, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning/Abington Senior High School junior and Brian Kelly; Commercial Art/Bishop McDevitt High School junior.
Second Place Winners –
- Two Minute Speech – Janiece Saulsberry, Automotive Technology/Hatboro-Horsham High School junior.
- Cheer – Grace Alderman, Commercial Art/Springfield Township High School senior, Joanne Scott, Commercial Art/Hatboro-Horsham High School senior, Rowan Klotzbach, Veterinary Science/Hatboro-Horsham High School senior, AnnaMaria Stylianou, Veterinary Science/Upper Moreland High School senior, and Marcus Brooks, Construction Technology/Upper Moreland High School junior.
- Notebook – AnnaMaria Stylianou, Veterinary Science/Upper Moreland High School senior; Nicole Sherwood, Cosmetology/Hatboro-Horsham High School junior; Marcus Brooks, Construction Technology/Upper Moreland High School junior; and Jarred GraBois, Commercial Art/Lower Moreland High School junior.
Third Place Winners –
- Pin Design – Grace Alderman, Commercial Art/Springfield Township High School senior.
- Notebook – Ryan Coughlan, Commercial Art/Springfield Township High School junior; Janiece Saulsberry, Automotive Technology/Hatboro-Horsham High School junior; Emma Rose, Business and Technology Professional/Abington Senior High School junior; Colin Casey, Allied Health/Upper Moreland High School senior; Tyler Harkin, Automotive Technology/Abington Senior High School junior.