February is Black History Month. EASTERN is extremely proud of our Black Alum and we are celebrating by focusing on our successful grads throughout the month. Joseph Waslow, a 2008 EASTERN Collision Repair Technology/Abington Senior High School graduate, has been teaching Collision Repair at Swenson Arts and Technology Center in Northeast Philadelphia since 2017.
From a young age, Waslow was interested in the craftsmanship of repairing cars and wanted to learn more about how to do it. Once enrolled in EASTERN’s Collision Repair Technology program as a junior in high school, he learned invaluable work skills such as accountability and professionalism. He was a dedicated student and took advantage of the paid internship experience offered to seniors in many of EASTERN’s programs.
Upon graduation from EASTERN and Abington Senior High School, he began to work fulltime as a Body Technician for several local companies such as Keenan Autobody, Byberry Collision, and finally Sussman Collision, where he stayed from 2010 until 2017. While at Sussman, Waslow became an I-CAR Platinum Technician in Structural and Non-Structural Repair as well as a Structural Role Representative for Honda Profirst Certified, which is Honda’s body shop certification program. Starting in 2014, Waslow began to
substitute teach at the Automotive Training Center. He enjoyed imparting the knowledge he had gained over the years and made the full-time shift to teaching in 2017.
“Collision Repair is a great skill to have and a very fun and promising industry to be a part of,” said Waslow. “It is fun because you get to repair cars, and there is nothing like the satisfaction of seeing a car come in undrivable and roll out looking like nothing ever happened. You can tell yourself, ‘I did that!’ It is a very promising industry for two reasons: 1) In the age of automation it is very unlikely that this industry will be become autonomous since every crash is unique, and 2) The make-up of the industry is mostly middle-aged to retirement-aged technicians, which has created a real drive for shops to hire and pay good salaries to qualified and hardworking young people.”
Customize your future! In Collision Repair Technology At EASTERN, you’ll meet industry standards to be a success in this field. A student enrolled in this two-year career program benefits from a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on experience needed to carry out repairs on motor vehicles. Students benefit from the use of I-Car (Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair) enhanced curriculum.