Welding Technology Students’ Clothing Drive for Safe House in Haiti

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Welding Technology/Hatboro-Horsham High School seniors, Matthew McPhillips and Matthew Donnelly, are running a clothing drive at EASTERN from January 2 – 31, 2014 to benefit Streethearts, a safe house in Cap-Haitien, Haiti, for males from 3 – 18 years of age, many of which are in recovery. Clothing donation bins will be located at EASTERN and Hatboro-Horsham High School.

Last summer, McPhillips and Donnelly accompanied McPhillips father to Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere, with Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH), Pennsylvania chapter. VOSH is an organization that provides eye exams, eyeglasses, and eye surgery to those in need in developing nations at no cost during short-term mission trips. While in Haiti, McPhillips and Donnelly met the director of Streethearts, and were inspired to help since many of the residents they met were around their age.

Earlier in the school year, McPhillips and Donnelly ran a very successful collection of old sunglasses, baseball caps, and welding helmets for welders in Haiti. These items were distributed to welders in need by a hospital in Haiti.

Streethearts was founded in October 2012. The model for this safe house focuses on six areas necessary for children to cultivate and maintain a healthy heart – faith, nutrition, sports and recreation, safe habitat, community involvement, and education/job placement. For more information on Streethearts, please visit http://www.streetheartshaiti.org.

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EASTERN Students Win Big at Leadership Conference


A delegation of 34 SkillsUSA students and four advisors from Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN), participated in the Annual District 2 Career and Technical student Organization’s (CTSO) Leadership Conference at the Pocono Manor Resort on November 19 – 21, 2014. Over 200 students in seven different career and technical centers from Bucks, Delaware and Montgomery Counties attended the Leadership Conference.

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EASTERN Culinary Students Receive Sugar Work Demo

On November 7, 2014 Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Culinary Arts students received a sugar work demonstration from Bob Gallant, substitute Culinary Arts instructor at EASTERN, and a retired pastry chef specializing in sugar work. Sugar work is the term used when a pastry chef creates sugar ribbons and molds.SugarWork1

Already a pastry chef for many years, Gallant was interested in learning more about sugar work. Fortunately, Gallant had a friend who was able to teach him basic sugar work design techniques. Wanting to explore this element of pastry design further, he continued his education at the Ewald Notter School of Sugar and Chocolate Design in Orlando, Florida. Two years ago, Gallant won first place at the International Hotel Motel Restaurant Show for Sugar Design Work at the Javits Center in New York. His award winning theme was “under the sea.”

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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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