EASTERN’s Annual Report 2013-2014

The Eastern Center for Arts and Technology 2013-2014 Annual Report is now available. See what we’ve been up to!

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Click the graphic to open the 2013-2014 Annual Report

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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.”

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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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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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