Alumni Spotlight – Amy Mednick

AMednickSince 2011, Amy Mednick has been Eastern Center for Arts and Technology’s (EASTERN)
Cosmetology Instructor. After graduating from Lower Moreland High School and completing her Cosmetology program in 1994, she obtained her Cosmetology teaching license from EASTERN in 1995.

In 2003, she received her bachelor’s degree in Vocational Education from Temple University. For eight years prior to EASTERN, Mednick taught Cosmetology at Jean Madeline Aveda Institute in South Philadelphia. She credits her aspiration to teach to some of the great teacher role models she has had throughout her education.

Mednick’s love of cosmetology began at a young age. She became aware of the Cosmetology program at EASTERN during her 8th Grade Career Expo visit to the school. She began the program as a junior in high school and became extremely involved with SkillsUSA, EASTERN’s student leadership organization, and was selected as Student of the Month for April 1994.

Her experiences at EASTERN kept her involved with the school since her graduation. Since 1994, she was a member of EASTERN’s Cosmetology Occupational Advisory Committee in which she assisted faculty and administration to establish curriculum and performance standards, and recommend tools and techniques used in the cosmetology field.

“From my experiences at EASTERN, I can honestly say that the programs here help inspire students to not only pursue their career field of choice – but also to be the best,” said Mednick. “All of EASTERN’s programs provide a unique opportunity to truly get a head start on your career.”

Students in EASTERN’s Cosmetology program learn 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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EASTERN Students Win at SkillsUSA National Competition

skillsUSANatlSix students from Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) in Willow Grove competed in their skill areas or with their leadership proficiency at the SkillsUSA National Competitions held June 23 – 27 in Kansas City, Missouri. EASTERN student participants took third place for Chapter Display, fifth place for Automotive Refinishing Technology, and twelfth place for State Pin Design. SkillsUSA is a national student leadership organization that encourages students to be productive individuals in our democratic society, work to their potential, become responsible, be proud of their accomplishments and supportive of their community. EASTERN Winners include:

Third Place for Chapter Display – EASTERN Commercial Art students, Alicia Dredge, a 2014 Hatboro-Horsham High School graduate; Robin Gabage, an upcoming senior at Jenkintown High School; Kevin Koerner, an upcoming senior at Springfield High School, along with Anthony Davis, EASTERN Collision Repair Technology student and upcoming Cheltenham High School senior. Chapter Display is a promotional exhibit designed and constructed by SkillsUSA student members.

Fifth Place for Automotive Refinishing Technology – EASTERN Collision Repair Technology/2014 Upper Moreland High School graduate, Matthew Shilling. For this competition, students demonstrate their ability to perform jobs and skills based on the task list outlined by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). The competition includes a series of workstations to assess skills in the following areas: paint tinting, spot repair, priming a plastic bumper, and masking. The overall appearance of the finished product, speed, and proper safety practices are judged.

Twelfth Place for State Pin Design – Nicole Hetzel, EASTERN Commercial Art/upcoming senior at Upper Moreland High School. For this competition, students present their state-winning pin along with their artwork and participate in an oral presentation regarding all aspects of their creation of the design.

Anita Gallagher, EASTERN Commercial Art/Abington High School upcoming senior, was also present at the National Competition and elected a national officer. EASTERN is proud to announce that Anita is the 2014 – 2015 PA State Secretary.

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Cosmetology Students Create High Fashion

On July 22, 2014, EASTERN Cosmetology students participated in a competition in which they made their model look like a photo in a fashion magazine. EASTERN administration and staff members walked through the Cosmetology program looking at the styles and the photos after which they were modeled and voted on their top three styles.

The top three winning looks were created by Melinda Morgan, an upcoming senior at Hatboro-Horsham High School; Abigail Solomon, an upcoming senior at Cheltenham High School; and Gabrielle Monterosso, an upcoming senior at Abington High School. The EASTERN Cosmetology students who competed are currently working towards the completion of their 1,250 required hours necessary in order to take the Pennsylvania State Board of Cosmetology Exam.

“This competition really gave us a chance to see how well we could imitate a look in a magazine ad,” said first place winner, Melinda Morgan. “The Cosmetology program at EASTERN is preparing us for successful careers in the field, and competitions such as this encourage us to be creative and think strategically.”

EASTERN’s Cosmetology program 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.

first-place-Melinda Morgan

First Place: Melinda Morgan, stylist and Tessa Inoles, model


Second place: Abby Solomon, stylist and Anne Matthews, model


Third place: Gabrielle Monteroso, stylist and Danielle Goodrich, model


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Cosmetology Students Complete Program Hours

EASTERN Cosmetology Students Complete Program Hours

EASTERN Cosmetology Students Complete Program Hours

On July 3, 2014, the first eight Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Cosmetology students have completed the 1,250 required hours necessary in order to take the Pennsylvania State Board of Cosmetology Exam.

Congratulations to:

  • Morgan-Victoria Johnson, 2014 Springfield High School graduate;
  • Jaclyn Piccari, 2014 Upper Dublin High School graduate;
  • Kara Vartanian, 2014 Lower Moreland High School graduate;
  • Megan Bennett, 2014 Upper Dublin High School graduate;
  • Faith Cruz, 2014 Abington High School graduate;
  • Tianna Gannotti, 2014 Upper Moreland High School graduate;
  • Brittany Klaski, 2014 Abington High School graduate;
  • Ana Pellecchia, 2014 Abington High School graduate.

The rest of the class only has a matter of days before they also complete their hours.

“Congratulations to all of our Cosmetology seniors finishing up the program this summer,” said Joseph Greb, EASTERN’s Assistant Director. “The commitment and dedication these students have demonstrated over the past two years has been incredible.”

To qualify to sit for state licensure individuals must complete 250 hours for a nail technician license, 1,250 for cosmetology, and an additional 500 to get a teaching license. Students attending EASTERN’s Cosmetology program will save the time and money by completing these hours while still in high school.

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New Continuing Education Program

Medical Coding and Billing

EASTERN’s Continuing Education Department now offers Medical Coding and Billing. This program consists of six 30-hour courses offered at our convenient Willow Grove location. Each course meets two nights per week, 3 hours per night for five weeks.

After successfully satisfying the program requirements, the student will receive a certificate of completion. At that time they may apply to take the exam for certification through a number of professional associations, including AHIMA, AAPC and others. Tuition for the entire program is less than $2,000 plus books. To register, please stop by our Terwood Road campus, or register online at

Students can register: Online, by phone at 215-784-4802, or stop by the Continuing Education office at EASTERN – 3075 Terwood Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090. For more information, please contact our Continuing Education Office at 215-784-4802.


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