Alumna Spotlight – Amy Pertuset, Computer Network Administration

APertuset-KCrickmoreEastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2013 Computer Network Administration/Upper Moreland High School graduate and Penn State Abington senior, Amy Pertuset, is currently completing the final semester for her degree in Information Sciences and Technology. After graduation she will begin working for ESPN as a Streaming Technology and Operation Analyst I. In this position, Amy will be working with ESPN streaming services such as WatchESPN and ESPN3. She will be relocating to Bristol, Connecticut to work at ESPN Headquarters.

Since this is Amy’s last semester at college, she began the job search. She was on Disney’s website and saw the job opening for ESPN. After two phone interviews, and an on-site interview, Amy was offered and accepted the position to begin in May.

While attending EASTERN’s Computer Network Administration program in high school, Amy also took advantage of EASTERN and Upper Moreland High School’s dual enrollment agreements with Montgomery County Community College (MCCC). Through her program at EASTERN, she earned 12 credits, and with Upper Moreland’s permission, rather than attending classes at her high school, she attended MCCC classes — earning her a total of 45 college credits when she graduated from high school.

Amy has always enjoyed the latest technologies, and attended EASTERN’s Open House when she was a sophomore at Upper Moreland High School, and found that Computer Network Administration was a perfect fit for her interests. After high school she began her program at Penn State Abington. At Penn State, she participates in a group called Community Outreach Workers, where she works for soup kitchens, Toys for Tots, and makes sandwiches to help the hungry in Philadelphia. She is also a Lion Ambassador for Penn State, providing tours to potential students. Because she works directly with the Admissions Office, she was recently part of the search committee for the Director of Admissions for Penn State Abington.

“I would not have had the knowledge to even apply for this position if it were not for my program at EASTERN,” said Amy. “EASTERN is a great head start. It provides you the foundation for wherever your interests lie – in any career program. Get the education you need now, and a better understanding of the career field you are going to get into, rather than finding out about it after you graduate high school.”

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