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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