Alumni Spotlight – Matthew Kubachka

MatthewKubachkaEastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2014 Electrical Technology/Upper Moreland High School graduate, Matthew Kubachka, is the first EASTERN graduate selected for the Aramark Maintenance Trainee Mentoring Program. This program will provide Matthew one-year of maintenance trainee experience, and upon successful completion, a permanent job with Aramark.

This new mentoring program was designed through EASTERN’s partnership with Aramark – the organization that provides direct management of EASTERN’s facility functions, including operations and maintenance, engineering, custodial, housekeeping, energy management, and other related facility services. The intent of the program is to serve as a comprehensive feeder system providing highly trained, well-rounded employees with leadership potential to other Aramark locations.

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Alumni Spotlight – Joe Koch

JoeKochEastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 1977 Automotive Technology/Bishop McDevitt High School graduate, Joe Koch, donated a 1995 Oldsmobile Delta 98 Regency Elite to the Automotive Technology program. Koch, who is semi-retired with a small construction and maintenance company, chose to donate this car as a tool for current students learning the trade and diagnostics.

Koch had four older brothers who loved cars, and there was always a vehicle being worked on in the driveway. Two of Koch’s older brothers paved the way for him by also taking the Automotive Technology program at EASTERN.

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COS at Abington HS Student Involvement Day

On Friday, October 17, 2014, Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Cosmetology/Abington High School seniors, Tori Skrot, Amber Lehotsky, Tamia Osborne, Ilsa Gruber, and Gabby Monterosso, provided nail services at Abington High School’s Annual Student Involvement Day.

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Gretchen Hanson, Abington High School teacher and coordinator for Student Involvement Day, reached out to EASTERN for students to participate in this popular event since Abington High School is one of EASTERN’s largest participating schools. Cosmetology seemed a good fit since their supplies could be easily transported to Abington High School’s football field where the event was held.

“This is a great opportunity for our students to show their Abington peers what it is they learn at EASTERN,” said Wendy Leyden, EASTERN’s Cosmetology Instructor. “They had a steady stream of customers throughout the event, and enjoyed demonstrating their skill and creativity.”


EASTERN’s Cosmetology program is a two-year half-day program that provides the skills necessary to begin a career in the cosmetology field. In Pennsylvania, as well as other states, cosmetologists and nail technicians must be licensed to practice in the field.

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Open House Ad Book

The Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Foundation is seeking ads for the Open House Ad book.  EASTERN’s Open House will be held Sunday, March 1, 2015 from 1 – 3:30 p.m. and typically hosts from 500 – 600 community members throughout the day.

This year, for the first time, the EASTERN Foundation will be distributing Ad Books at this popular event.  Ad costs and specification are:yourad

  • Full page ad (5 ½” X 8 ½) $150;
  • Half page ad (5 ½” X 4 ¼”) $80;
  • Business card ad (3 ½” X 2”) $45.

Ads will be in black & white, with grayscale for pictures. The Ad Books will give your business wide exposure in Eastern Montgomery County. Ad Book distribution includes all school districts, parents of current and potential EASTERN students, and local businesses and community members. A good value for the money!

Over $190,000 has been awarded to EASTERN’s Secondary and PN Students since the Foundation’s inception in 2005. We ask that you to support our student awards by making a tax deductible donation to EASTERN’s Foundation and/or placing an ad in the Foundation Ad Book.

Please complete and submit this form to Amy Shields –  Deadline for ads is November 7, 2014.

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Alumni Spotlight – Isabella Andre

LindaKalita-EllieAndreEastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2013 Allied Health/Lower Moreland High School graduate, Isabella Andre, is currently at Manor College completing her prerequisites for the Bachelor of Nursing program at Thomas Jefferson University. On September 18 and 19, Isabella took time out of her busy schedule to talk to the new class of Allied Health students about her education and career path since graduating from high school.

Isabella always knew that she wanted to pursue a career in which helping people was the main focus. While in 11th grade, she visited EASTERN’s Allied Health program and decided to enroll for her senior year. Through Allied Health, Isabella had the unique opportunity to shadow healthcare professionals two days a week at Abington Memorial Hospital while still in high school. Isabella excelled in the Allied Health program, achieving straight A status, and began researching nursing schools. She was very impressed with Thomas Jefferson’s program and was thrilled when she was formally accepted for the fall of 2015. She already completed the mandatory Medical Terminology class through EASTERN’s Dual Enrollment program with Montgomery County Community College (MCCC). After high school graduation, she continued to take prerequisites at MCCC, and matriculated to Manor over the summer.

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EASTERN Student Spotlight – Zachary Weglos

ZacharyWeglosEastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Allied Health/Upper Dublin High School senior, Zachary Weglos, is getting a head start on his career in the healthcare field by attending EASTERN.

Last year, as a junior in high school, Zachary enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves as a Combat Medic. Through the Army Reserves, Zachary will be attending Combat Medic Training this upcoming summer, which is an intensive 16 week training program. Through the Combat Medic Training, Zachary will become a certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Once he has completed this program, he will continue to pursue his education at Albright College for pre-med or nursing.

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