Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2010 Collision Repair Technology/Cheltenham High School alum, Victoria Penecale, is now completing her third year as an instructional aide for the Automotive Technology and Collision Repair Technology programs at the school where her career training first began.
Penecale attended EASTERN’s Collision Repair Technology program half day during her junior and senior years of high school. She was a leader in her class and even achieved the honor of Student of the Month in November 2009. She also served as a School-Wide Officer for EASTERN’s student leadership organization, SkillsUSA.
At the end of her senior year, Penecale received notification that she was selected for the AkzoNobel’s The Most Influential Women of the Collision Repair Industry Scholarship. She applied for this scholarship earlier in the year at the request of her Collision Repair Technology Instructor, Steve Parke.
After graduation from EASTERN and Cheltenham High School, Penecale attended Ohio Technical College’s Auto Body and Refinishing program and graduated in February of 2012. Within that program, she successfully completed a custom paint and graphics course. From there, she worked at Brands Imaging in Philadelphia where she worked for four years applying vehicle wraps and doing custom graphics. Also, during that time, she worked part-time at Mercedes Benz in Cherry Hill, NJ doing rim repair and refinishing.
Penecale was not looking for a career change, but the career change found her. Penecale received word that EASTERN was seeking an instructional aide to help students in both the Automotive Technology and Collision Repair Technology programs. Teaching had always been a goal of Penecale’s, but she thought it would be realized further in her future.
“The scholarship I received helped me to refine my skills at a top-notch college, and by giving me the extra push I needed to achieve my goals,” said Penecale. “I am so grateful for the opportunities that have come my way to bring me to where I am today. Helping students achieve their goals is extremely rewarding and I am pleased to be a vital part of the Auto and Collision programs at EASTERN.”