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EASTERN’s Newest Program: Robotics and Automated Technology

Christopher Passante, EASTERN’s new Robotics and Automated Technology Instructor.This Fall, the Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) is pleased to offer its newest program, Robotics and Automated Technology. The Robotics and Automated Technology Program is designed for college bound high school students who are interested in pursuing an engineering career following high school. This program will teach introductory skills in order to be successful in the manufacturing industry.

Architectural depiction of the Robotics and Automated Technology Program.Students will perform activities and obtain knowledge in areas such as electronics, robotics, mechanical systems, fluid power systems, programmable logic controllers, and control systems. Currently, there are still spaces available in the program for Eastern Montgomery County high school juniors and seniors.

Students in this new, state-of-the-art program, will prepare for a career in the robotics and automated technology field requiring postsecondary education. With further education and experience, students can find opportunities in occupations such as Mechatronics Technician, Electronics Technician, Mechanical Engineer, Electrical Controls Engineer, and Manufacturing Engineer.

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Instructor Spotlight: Christopher Passante, Robotics & Automated Tech.

Christopher Passante, Robotics and Automated Technology Instructor, stands in front of automated mechanical equipment.Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) is pleased to announce the selection of Christopher Passante as the new Robotics and Automated Technology Instructor. Mr. Passante is a graduate of Pennridge High School/Upper Bucks Vocational Technical High School and received his Vocational II Teaching Certification through Temple University. Mr. Passante comes to EASTERN from Upper Bucks Technical Institute where he served as the Mechatronics Engineering Technology Instructor since 2016. Previous to Upper Bucks, Mr. Passante taught for 10 years at Lehigh Career and Technical Institute.

With 29 years of trade and teaching experience in the Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology and Automation field, Mr. Passante will build EASTERN’s program and develop local business partnerships that will benefit our students as they prepare for postsecondary and/or a career. Mr Passante has assisted several career and technical high schools develop similar programs in both Pennsylvania and New York. In addition, Mr. Passante aided the Urban Institute in Washington DC to develop and vet a Competency Framework entitled “Mechatronics Installer” for a Registered Apprenticeship under ONET Code: 17-2199.05.

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Congress-Bundestag Scholarship: Marcus Soucy, Culinary Arts

Charlie Zachmann, EASTERN’s Culinary Arts Instructor and Marcus Soucy.Marcus Soucy, an Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Culinary Arts/Hatboro-Horsham High School senior, has been selected as one of the 25 students from across the nation to participate in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program in Germany. This year, the program will be scaled back to ten months beginning in October, where Marcus will live with a host family, participate in an intensive German language program, and then be placed in his career and technical field of study or a related program.

Marcus has always enjoyed cooking, and the fact that it always seems to bring people together. He enjoys the teamwork that a commercial kitchen provides, so a career in this field felt like the next logical step for him. He excels in the Culinary Arts program at EASTERN and placed first in the SkillsUSA District Culinary Competition. For the past two years, he has worked at Gwynedd Estates Retirement Community as Lead Line cook, Prep Chef, Sous Chef, Server, and Expediter.

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EASTERN’s Distance Learning and Industry-Standard Certifications II

OSHA Certification CertificateThe Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) is dedicated to the continuity of learning during this unprecedented time. All of EASTERN’s career and technical high school programs are using various online learning platforms to effectively teach their students in the most productive manner possible. This includes the attainment of industry-standard certifications whenever possible. In addition to the industry-standard certification list released last week, the following certifications and certification training is available to our student population.

The Electrical Technology students are pursuing their Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10-hour safety certification, Safety and Pollution Prevention (S/P2) certification and participating in online ladder safety training.

Prior to the closure of the school, Protective Services students earned online certifications in National Incident Management (NIMS) or Incident Command, 100, 200, 700 and 800.

The Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning students will be working on obtaining their Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10-hour safety certification later this semester.

The Business and Technology Professional students have the option to take part in online tutorials preparing them for the Microsoft Office Specialist – Word certification. This certification cannot be obtained online, but the preparation courses are available. The final certification test will need to be conducted at EASTERN’s Certiport workstation.

The Commercial Art students are taking part in online tutorials for their Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) certification exam. This certification cannot be obtained online, but the preparation courses are available. The online tutorials go over the software in which the student chooses to take their certification, such as Photoshop and Illustrator. This is easily accomplished at home because the students do not need the Adobe program. The tutorials walk the students through questions and scenarios they might encounter on the certification test. The final certification test will need to be conducted at EASTERN’s Certiport workstation.

“I am extremely impressed with the dedication that our students have displayed,” said Joe Greb, EASTERN’s Assistant Director. “We are all figuring this out together, and I am confident that we will end the school year strong. These industry-standard certifications are important to our students and will enhance their resumes and job prospects.”

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EASTERN’s Distance Learning and Industry-Standard Certifications I

Barbacide certifications attained by Cosmetology students.The Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) is dedicated to the continuity of learning during this unprecedented time. All of EASTERN’s career and technical high school programs are using various online learning platforms to effectively teach their students in the most productive manner possible. This includes the attainment of industry-standard certifications whenever possible. Several certification options are detailed below.

The Automotive Technology program has moved forward with online Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification, which is a certification process that assesses the knowledge and capabilities of automotive mechanics against a set of standards delineated by a panel of national experts. Automotive Technology are also currently working toward their online Ford ACE certification through a training website that gives students a pathway to receive Ford Certified training in order to be ready to work at a Ford dealership. Courses include History of the Ford Motor Company, Ford employee ethics expectations, customer service, engine rebuilding, electrical, wi-fi, etc.

The Collision Repair Technology students are earning Collision Repair certification through the 3M Collision Repair Academy, which consists of online courses based on real-world repair situations and how to produce consistent, high-quality results in the ever-changing collision repair industry. Students are also working on the online portion of the PPG Refinishing Online Learning Academy, Automotive Refinishing Certification. PPG is the industry’s most comprehensive online training program for automotive and commercial refinishing systems and repair processes.

The Welding Technology students are working on their Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10-hour safety certification. Welding Technology and Construction Technology students are also pursuing their Safety and Pollution Prevention (S/P2) certification.

The Cosmetology students are preparing for an online color certification called Pravana Color, which is four part online professional color certification. To date, 46 Cosmetology students have attained Barbacide certification for professional beauty and barber disinfection.

The Networking and Cybersecurity students are taking the TestOut class for Windows Server 2016 Install and Storage, for they which they will receive a certification at the end of the semester. The certification exam measures an examinee’s ability to perform real-world tasks using the Windows Server 2016 operating system.

The Veterinary Science students are working on their OSHA 10-hour training for healthcare. Students are continuing with the Vet Science curriculum, including the immune system, viruses, zoonotic disease, and vaccination.

“Keeping our students active and engaged right now is a priority for all of our instructors,” said Dr. Cathleen Plesnarski, EASTERN’s Executive Director. “We are proud of the commitment our teachers and students are making to closing the year strong despite the circumstances that we all are facing. Certifications are a great benefit of career and technical education, and our instructors are working with their industry partners to still offer these opportunities.”

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Student Spotlight: Tyler Harkins, AUT, Earns Full Scholarship to ATC

Tyler Harkings graduation photograph.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 Harkins standing outside of EASTERN.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 Harkins at the Automotive Training Center.“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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EASTERN Culinary Program Donates to Assist in Local Relief Efforts

Food and gloves donated by EASTERNOn 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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Alumni Spotlight: Jess Miles, Cosmetology

Jess Miles, EASTERN Cosmetology graduateEastern 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/.

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