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Students Participate in Virtual Fall Leadership Conference

On November 13, 2020 a delegation of 18 Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) SkillsUSA students and one Advisor participated in the Annual District 2 Career and Technical Student Organization’s Leadership Conference virtually. This virtual conference was designed for SkillsUSA members to develop their personal, workplace, and technical skills in the areas in which they need the most development. The decision to conduct this conference through Zoom in 2020 was made in the best interest of all students and in response to the restrictions on large gatherings due to COVID-19.

SkillsUSA functions as EASTERN’s Student Leadership Organization, in which program and school-wide officers represent their programs and EASTERN as ambassadors. Student ambassadors are critical to EASTERN and serve as an example of what career and technical education can do for self-confidence, self-assurance, and leadership development. The students chosen to participate have displayed leadership qualities and were nominated by their EASTERN instructors. Currently two students have been named as School-Wide Officers: Laurence Jacoby from Commercial Art, and Kayla Marshall from Business and Technology Professional.

SkillsUSA’s Framework Certification is an e-learning module where participants learn about SkillsUSA and how it ensures the development of world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens through the SkillsUSA Framework. Through achieving this certification, student become aware of what it takes to be career ready as well as what industry wants most in future employees. The 14 EASTERN students who achieved this certification include:

  • Courtney Cole, Business and Technology Professional, Springfield High School
  • Noah Cruz, Protective Services, Cheltenham High School
  • Jessica Derricks, Cosmetology, Abington Senior High School
  • Greg Destefano, Veterinary Science, Abington Senior High School
  • Benjamin Hoffman, Culinary Arts, Upper Dublin High School
  • Owen Hoy, Electrical Technology, Springfield High School
  • Nina Ivey, Cosmetology, Springfield High School
  • Laurence Jacoby, Commercial Art, Springfield High School
  • Nydia Johnson, Veterinary Science, Upper Moreland High School
  • William Klanderman, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, Lower Moreland High School
  • Jonah Oberman, Welding Technology, Abington Senior High School
  • Camryn Pressman, Cosmetology, Lower Moreland High School
  • Vincent Sturm, Networking and Cybersecurity, Hatboro-Horsham High School
  • Emilia Wanders, Cosmetology, Abington Senior High School

The Statesman Assessment Award is presented to members who demonstrate SkillsUSA knowledge and civic awareness, along with an understanding of the SkillsUSA Framework and how to articulate their personal career and technical education (CTE) experience. The following nine students earned this distinct honor by successfully completing the Statesman Quiz, which tested their SkillsUSA knowledge:

  • Greg Destefano, Veterinary Science, Abington Senior High School
  • Owen Hoy, Electrical Technology, Springfield High School
  • Nina Ivey, Cosmetology, Springfield High School
  • Nydia Johnson, Veterinary Science, Upper Moreland High School
  • William Klanderman, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, Lower Moreland High School
  • Camryn Pressman, Cosmetology, Lower Moreland High School
  • Vincent Strum, Networking and Cybersecurity, Hatboro-Horsham High School
  • Emilia Wanders, Cosmetology, Abington Senior High School
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College Credit Agreement with Automotive Training Center

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Automotive Technology and Collision Repair Technology students can benefit from a partnership with Automotive Training Center (ATC). ATC will evaluate the student’s records received from EASTERN and award advanced standing credit for up to three subject areas (not to exceed a maximum of 16 weeks of study).

In order for students to take advantage of this advanced standing, they need to meet certain criteria, such as verification by the student’s EASTERN instructor that the student has successfully completed a minimum of 85% of the program tasks listed on the program progress chart, graduation from EASTERN with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, an academic grade point average of 2.0 or higher, and a minimum attendance record of 85% or better in the program. ATC will also administer an Advanced Standing examination in which students may earn advanced placement in a maximum of three different subject areas: Brakes, Electrical Systems I, Suspension and Steering, Welding and non-Structural Damage Repair, and Painting & Refinishing.

“We have had many successful graduates continue their education at ATC,” said Joe Greb, EASTERN’s Assistant Director. “We have always been partners and mutual supporters of skilled trades. It is great to formalize an articulation agreement that will benefit students from our Automotive Technology and Collision Repair Technology programs.”

ATC is an ACCSC-accredited career technician school with campuses in Exton, PA, and Warminster, PA. Through hands-on training focusing on the modern aspects of the automotive, collision, diesel, hi-performance, and marine industries, ATC graduates are prepared for a career that they’re passionate about. Our graduates have landed careers with some of the area’s best-known and credible employers. For more information about ATC, please visit https://www.autotraining.edu/get-started/.

Take a virtual tour of EASTERN’s Automotive Technology and Collision Repair Technology program here – https://youtu.be/vCZ0CCQxYpQ.

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EASTERN Receives Two PDE Grants

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) was awarded two separate grants this week from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). These grants will help to enhance EASTERN campus security and will aid in the purchase of industry-standard technology for many of the school’s in-demand skilled trades.

On November 16, PDE announced the recipients of more than $9 million in competitive 2020-2021 Safe Schools Targeted Grants. Grants are awarded to schools to purchase safety and security-related equipment. EASTERN has been selected to receive $25,000.00, which will be used to purchase a new security camera system for the school.

On November 18, PDE announced that it is awarding competitive grants to 32 Career and Technical Centers (CTC) and Area Vocational Technical Education Schools and two school districts across the state for the purchase of new equipment aligned to training students in high-demand occupations. EASTERN has been selected to receive $49,529.00.

“This has been an extremely challenging year for all of us, so we are thrilled with the good news regarding these grants,” said Dr. Cathleen Plesnarski, EASTERN’s Executive Director. “These grants will help enhance the safety of our school and provide state-of-the-art equipment to be used in the learning process as we prepare our students for success in their chosen career. We appreciate PDE making these grants possible and are honored to be selected among the other recipients.”

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Xtime University Access for Automotive Tech Students

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Automotive Technology students will now benefit from Xtime University, which was designed to offer automotive training and certification courses to help car dealership personnel learn more about the Xtime platform, which teaches how dealership service departments schedule, document, and enhance vehicle services.

Kevin Rogers, General Manager of Faulkner Infiniti of Willow Grove, is a member of EASTERN’s Automotive Technology Occupational Advisory Committee. It was Rogers who decided that it was worth asking Xtime to grant EASTERN access to the full program for educational purposes, which also includes full training modules on Xtime University.

Faulkner Infiniti is also an EASTERN Co-op partner, providing paid internships to selected Automotive Technology seniors. Faulkner Infiniti currently uses Xtime as part of their internal training program. Access to Xtime’s training modules provides Automotive Technology students a look at the innerworkings of the business and customer service areas within a dealership service department.

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EASTERN Town Hall Link

EASTERN Parents,

If you were unable to attend the Town Hall Zoom meeting, you can find the recording here: https://youtu.be/nzqzgsZRUxg

All questions can be directed to our Administrative Team:

Dr. Cathleen Plesnarski, Executive Director – CPlesnarski@eastech.org
Mr. Joe Greb, Assistant Director – JGreb@eastech.org
Mrs. Allison Larson, CTE Supervisor – ALarson@eastech.org

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Hybrid Instruction Information

The Eastern Center for Arts and Technology has obtained approval to begin hybrid instruction on November 5, 2020. We need to know if your child is planning on hybrid or virtual instruction. Please  answer the following survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HK2DW7S  so we can plan for instruction.

If you choose virtual instruction, Mrs. Larson will be reaching out to let you know what instruction will look like for your child.  If you choose hybrid instruction, she will notify the high school of your choice and work with them if transportation is needed.

If you choose hybrid instruction and your child will be driving to EASTERN, the Student Parking Permit Form needs to be completed, saved, and sent with a copy of your child’s license, registration, and insurance card to parking@eastech.org. If you can not scan the information we will obtain it when your student arrives at school in person.

If your child will be riding with another student you need to complete the Student Passenger Form and have the parent of the driver list your child as an approved passenger.

All student parking related forms are found on the EASTERN website Parents and Students web page at https://www.eastech.org/parents-and-students/.

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Veterinary Science Student Uses Skills to Help Friends

Greg Destefano, Veterinary Science student.Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Veterinary Science/Abington Senior High School senior, Greg Destefano, is currently enjoying working part-time at Hamilton Animal Hospital in Roslyn while working virtually through his first semester at EASTERN and Abington Senior High School. Although Greg is busy with school and work, he still makes time for what he finds most rewarding – helping others with their pets.

Greg Destefano, Veterinary Science student.

Greg chose Veterinary Science at EASTERN because of his love for animals. After visiting EASTERN through Abington’s 10th grade visit, he felt as though the program fell in line with his future plans – which he was confident would include animal care. Greg maintains excellent grades in Veterinary Science and has been selected as a team leader by his EASTERN Veterinary Science Instructor, Karen McGeehan. Mrs. McGeehan has also nominated Greg to interview for Student of the Month later in October.

At Hamilton Animal Hospital, Greg calls the pet owners to document the pet symptoms, brings the animal inside, and restrains it for the doctor. Once the doctor has completed the examination, Greg gets the medication ready to go home with the client. He also cleans exam rooms following appointments and runs in-house diagnostics.

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Alumni Spotlight: Nekicia Black, Cosmetology

Nekicia Black, Cosmetology graduate.Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Cosmetology/Upper Dublin High School 1992 graduate, Nekicia Black, is currently the Transition Coordinator at Upper Dublin High School, while also pursuing her Doctorate Degree from Immaculata University. Education became one of her career goals due to her experiences at EASTERN.

While in Middle School at Upper Dublin, Black enrolled in EASTERN’s Summer Fun Introduction to Cosmetology program, which helped encourage her passion for the makeup and fashion fields. During high school, Black felt as though EASTERN was a good fit for her career plans, since she was also pursuing a career as a full figure model and knew this was an opportunity to cut out the middle man by learning to do her own hair and make-up for fashion shows. During her time at EASTERN, Black passed her state board of Cosmetology and completed her Cosmetology Teacher hours. In working with her EASTERN Cosmetology Instructor, Mr. Bailey, as a classroom assistant, she enjoyed helping her peers learn, and it is from that experience that her desire to teach was ignited.

“I worked my way through college doing hair and makeup for church members and wedding parties. Currently, I still hold a valid PA license. I worked hard to earn my license, so I never let it lapse,” said Black. “One thing that the highly qualified staff taught me at EASTERN was to believe in myself and that I could be and do anything I set my mind to in life. EASTERN was not only about Cosmetology for me. It was the mentors and leaders who really set my pathway when I didn’t honestly have a clue what I was really doing in life. Advice that I would give any student in a career and tech program as well as all students is that you can attend college. I am a proud EASTERN Alum and I will always encourage students to reach beyond the skies, as we don’t know what the universe holds for anyone.”

Since graduating from Upper Dublin High School and EASTERN, Black has gone on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Cheyney University, a master’s degree in Special Education as well as an ESL and Reading Specialist Cert from Arcadia University, and an Education Leadership Certification from Cabrini University.

Save thousands of dollars by taking Cosmetology at EASTERN while in high school! This two-year program will provide 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. Learn more at https://www.eastech.org/eastern-programs/cos/.

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