New EASTERN Award: Jim Ross Memorial Award for Skilled Trades

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) announces a new award honoring the memory of a man who was known by his family and friends as an advocate for skilled trades. Jim Ross was a student in EASTERN’s Continuing Education Welding Technology program in the 1970s. He was very proud that his three grandsons followed in his footsteps also pursuing Welding Technology, along with his granddaughter’s plan to enroll for the 2019–2020 school year. The Jim Ross Memorial Award for Skilled Trades will be given to a graduating senior who is hard-working and has drive and passion for his or her skilled trade–all qualities that Mr. Ross was known for among family, friends and coworkers. This year’s recipient is Miguel Jonas from Welding Technology and Abington Senior High School.

Mr. Ross passed away in August 2018, leaving behind a legacy of hard-work, impeccable work ethic, and enthusiasm for skilled trades, especially welding, electrical, HVAC, and construction. This award is sponsored by the Danko family, including his daughter, Lori, his son-in-law, Joe Danko, their children, Jacob and Callie, and Mr. Ross’s widow, Diane Ross.

“My dad was very proud of my son, Jacob, when he received the Adam J. Weissner Memorial Award for Welding Technology at EASTERN’s Awards Night in 2017,” said Lori Danko. “Our family found it a fitting tribute to his memory to develop an award for a deserving student. We are proud of be part of the EASTERN community.”

For those who are interested in contributing to the Jim Ross Memorial Award for Skilled Trades, please send your check payable to the “EASTERN Foundation” and mail to 3075 Terwood Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090. Please note the Jim Ross Memorial Award for Skilled Trade in the note section. All EASTERN Awards are located online at

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