Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Commercial Art/Hatboro-Horsham High School junior, Joanne Scott, is preparing for a career as a graphic designer/photographer while still in high school. Joanne is currently running for a SkillsUSA Pennsylvania State Officer position for the 2018 – 2019 school year. SkillsUSA is EASTERN’s student leadership organization.
Joanne was introduced to the idea of becoming a SkillsUSA State-Wide Officer at the Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) Leadership Conference in November. Joanne’s Commercial Art Instructor, Nicole Mohrey, noticed early-on in the school year that Joanne possessed leadership qualities and a quiet confidence that could serve her well in the Commercial Art program and in life. Mrs. Mohrey specifically chose Joanne to attend this conference to help enhance and refine these qualities. Initially, Joanne wanted to run for an EASTERN School-Wide officer position, but after some thought, she felt as though this was her time to participate on a larger scale.
Joanne took an art class her sophomore year at Hatboro-Horsham High School and it sparked her interested in the art field. Joanne’s mother, an EASTERN grad, encouraged Joanne to investigate the programs at EASTERN. Joanne wanted to pursue art, but she also wanted skills that would lead to a successful career. Joanne enjoys the graphic art and photography elements of the program.
“Advertising is everywhere, and it is interesting to see it from behind the scenes and find out how it all works,” said Joanne. “This year at EASTERN has helped me to develop my leadership skills and to better manage my time and projects. I have pushed myself and become more independent. Career and technical education is a jump start on your career.”
Joanne plans to continue her education at a four-year college after high school focusing on graphic design and photography. Currently, she is considering Temple’s Tyler School of Art and University of the Arts.
Students in the Commercial Art program learn the value and application of their unique styles in both design and illustration. Students use industry standard software on the Macintosh platform. Software used includes Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Dreamweaver and Flash.