Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) is proud to announce that Automotive Technology/Abington High School senior, Tyler Harkins, placed second on the Automotive Training Center (ATC) scholarship test. He will receive a full scholarship to the Warminster ATC worth approximately $45,000. Automotive Training Center is a private post-secondary career school that trains adult student for careers in the Automotive, Diesel and Hi-Performance, Collision Repair and Marine Service industries.
Tyler has always loved cars. From the age of two he was playing with Hot Wheels and building model cars. As a teenager, he was constantly taking bicycles and skateboards apart and reassembling to make them to run better. Tyler’s grandfather worked over 40 years for Chapman Ford and would talk to Tyler about his experiences, different cars, engines, and what made them function. When he was in 10th grade Tyler and his family took a tour of EASTERN and found that Automotive Technology was the right fit for him.
“Tyler is an outstanding student with great skills and motivation,” said George Stahl, EASTERN’s Automotive Technology Instructor. “I am extremely proud of him for earning this scholarship and look forward to seeing what the future holds. There is no doubt that his drive and determination will take him far in the automotive industry.”
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On April 3, 2020, Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) staff members, Elena Hays, Student Learning Center Aide, and Ben Vozzo, Culinary Arts Instructor, donated produce and latex gloves from the Culinary Arts program to Hatboro Dish Restaurant to aid in their efforts to feed families who are struggling during this difficult time. Free meals are provided two nights a week by the restaurant bolstered by donations of food and money made from Hatboro residents and other local businesses. EASTERN’s donation included 50 pounds of carrots, 50 pounds of potatoes, one case of lemons, one case of limes, one case of butternut squash, one-half case of celery, 10 pounds of cabbage, 25 pounds of onions, and latex gloves.
“We are so happy to be part of this community that cares so much for one another,” said Ben Vozzo, EASTERN’s Culinary Arts Instructor. “I am so glad that the produce from Culinary Arts will be used to keep our community fed and healthy. We are all in this together.”
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Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2018 Cosmetology and Abington High School alum, Jess Miles, is now enjoying a career as a full-time stylist at New Images Family Hair Care in Willow Grove. While at EASTERN, she received her Pennsylvania Cosmetology license and began an apprenticeship at a salon where she refined her skills until obtaining her current position.
Miles always had an interest in makeup and fashion. She started styling her own hair in middle school but hadn’t considered it as a career until high school – when she found herself struggling with traditional educational. Her parents suggested she consider Cosmetology at EASTERN. After visiting the program, a career in the cosmetology field became her goal.
“I am very grateful for my time at EASTERN,” said Miles. “In addition to an incredible education in cosmetology, I learned a lot about work ethic and customer service. It gave me a foundation for a lifelong career, as well as an incredibly useful skill. To all future cosmetologists, appreciate your time at EASTERN. Ask questions, learn all you can, but don’t stop learning when you leave. In the cosmetology field, there is always a new technique to learn.”
Save thousands of dollars by taking Cosmetology 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. To learn more about Cosmetology at EASTERN, please visit www.eastech.org/eastern-programs/cos/.
Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) regretfully says goodbye to long-time career and technical supporter, Donald Horsfall, a computer consultant, who dedicated countless hours to EASTERN programs and technology. Mr. Horsfall passed away March 22, 2020, at Abington-Jefferson Health. Initially admitted due to a fall at home, Mr. Horsfall contracted the coronavirus while in the hospital. The secondary cause of death was complications from the fall. He was gentle and a true gentleman, and will be sorely missed.
Mr. Horsfall and his wife, Carol Ann Casciato, are the owners of International Technical Communications Inc., a computer consulting business, and planned to retire next year. The couple dedicated more than 20 years to EASTERN as members of EASTERN’s Computer Network Administration Program’s Occupational Advisory Committee, and consultants to EASTERN’s Technology Management System’s department.
“We are saddened by the news of Mr. Horsfall’s passing,” said Dr. Cathleen Plesnarski, EASTERN’s Executive Director. “He and his wife, Carol Ann, gave so much of themselves to the betterment of EASTERN and our students. His efforts and dedication to EASTERN is appreciated and will not be forgotten.”
For EASTERN supporters who wish to honor Mr. Horsfall’s memory, Ms. Casciato has requested that donations be made to Society for Science & the Public, an organization that they have supported for a long time, in his honor – www.societyforscience.org/.
On Monday, March 23, 2020 Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) was pleased to donate t o Montgomery County’s COVID-19 Response Center efforts. Donations included 140 N95 masks from our Collision Repair Technology program, sterile and exam gloves from our Veterinary Science, Allied Health, and adult Practical Nursing programs, surgical masks from our adult Practical Nursing program, and safety glasses and goggles from our program inventory.
On Tuesday, March 31, 2020, EASTERN’s Protective Services Instructor, Mark Zaslavsky, dropped off 120 N95 masks to the Upper Moreland Police Department from the Protective Services program’s crime scene training supplies. The police department needs some of the masks, and they will provide the balance to Abington-Jefferson Hospital .
“As Eastern Montgomery County’s Career and Technical School, we knew it was our responsibility to pull whatever was needed from our inventory for the selfless healthcare workers and all those who are on the front lines of caring for those with coronavirus,” said Dr. Cathleen Plesnarski, EASTERN’s Executive Director. “These are unprecedented times, and we need to think of and show appreciation for the courage of these amazing individuals. I am glad we could be part of that.”
As EASTERN’s students began distance learning on March 30, EASTERN remains committed to providing our students with the best possible education, despite current circumstances. EASTERN students are our priority. Please see our Continuity of Education Plan for more information. The plan includes contact information for Teachers, our Student Success Coordinators, and our Administrative Team.
Ms. Hayley Granacher has been selected as the Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) School-to-Career Coordinator, to assist and prepare students with the transition into their chosen career pathway, such as obtaining paid internships, apprenticeships, jobs, and college credit articulation agreements to benefit EASTERN students as they prepare for post-secondary education.
Prior to her new role, Ms. Granacher has served as EASTERN’s Culinary Arts Instructor since 2015. Ms. Granacher received her Associate of Applied Science in Baking and Pastry Arts in Penn College of Technology, and her Bachelor of Science in Workforce Education from Penn State University. She holds professional certifications in many areas, such as Vocational 1, ServSafe, and Cooperative Education.
After several year of working as a pastry chef, she began substitute teaching the Culinary Arts program at North Montco Technical Career Center and realized teaching and helping students prepare for their future was her passion. She enjoyed four years as a Culinary Arts instructor at EASTERN and felt as though moving to School-to-Career Coordinator was the ideal next stepfor her.“I truly appreciate career and technical education,”said Ms. Granacher. “Teaching at EASTERN has been amazing and has taught me that, as a school, we need to help place these students in their chosen field and set them on the right path. I am excited to work with all of EASTERN’s instructors and help establish business partnerships to enhance all programs and the opportunities that they can provide our students.”
Local businesses or post-secondary schools interested in partnering with EASTERN, can contact Ms. Granacher at 215-784-4800 or HGranacher@eastech.org.
On May 5 2004, Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Welding Technology/Upper Moreland High School senior, Adam Weissner, passed away suddenly in a tragic car accident. The Weissner family has made it a priority to recognize a Welding Technology student at EASTERN’s annual awards night since May 2005. The Adam J. Weissner Memorial award is given to a hard-working student who found their niche in the Welding Technology program and demonstrates promise to succeed in the field.
Adam initially enrolled in the Construction Technology program at EASTERN, but quickly realized that was not the right field for him. After taking a look at the other program offerings, he chose Welding Technology and excelled.During his senior year,he took part in a paid internship through EASTERN’s cooperative learning program.
“The Adam J. Weissner Memorial Award has assisted many promising students with means to purchase the welding equipment they need for the field,” said Dr. Cathleen Plesnarski, EASTERN’s Executive Director. “This award has been in existence since 2005. This May will mark 15 years of the Weissner family’s dedication to student success in Adam’s memory, and we couldn’t be more grateful.”
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EASTERN 1989 Electrical Technology/Upper MorelandHigh School alum, John Bartley,is currently enjoying his second career as an electrical specialist for SP Industriesin Warminster, a manufacturer of specialty equipment, scientific glassware, laboratory and lab safety supplies, and home healthcare products serving pharmaceutical, biotechnology, educational, industrial, and commercial markets. Prior to his role at SP Industries, Bartley served in the U.S. Navy for 13 years as an Aviation Structural Mechanic repairing P-3 Orion airplanes.
While in high school, Bartley did well with the traditional learning environment, but wanted more of a challenge. Growing up, he enjoyed science, puzzles, and building model cars. He would take apart home electronics to figure out how they worked, and then would put themback together. He knew he enjoyed working with his hands and problem solving. His Upper Moreland High School guidance counselor uggested he visit Electrical Technology at EASTERN. Bartley attended EASTERN’s Open House and knew this was the right choice for him.
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