Ms. Marie Festa has been selected as the second Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Allied Health Instructor, starting in January 2021. In 2021-2022, the program will expand to provide more opportunities for students in Eastern Montgomery County to explore and prepare for careers in healthcare.
Ms. Festa has 24 years of experience at Fox Chase Cancer Center in various nursing positions. Ms. Festa holds a bachelor’s degree in Nursing and is currently working on her master’s degree in Nursing at Chamberlain University. She also holds professional certifications in Oncology and ambulatory care nursing. Prior to her teaching position at EASTERN, Ms.Festa was the Patient Flow Coordinator, and Staff RN Ambulatory Care, and Relief Nursing Supervisor at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Prior to these positions, she was the ICU Unit Team Leader at Fox Chase Cancer Center.
In high school, Ms. Festa participated in the Medical Records Technology program at Jules E. Mastbaum Area Vocational Technical School. She then pursued her nursing degree at Community College of Philadelphia before completing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Chamberlain University.
“As a career and technical education graduate, I understand and appreciate the value of this head start offered to high school students,” said Ms. Festa. “This was where my true career ambitions began, and I am happy to now be part of that process for future healthcare workers.”
Allied Health is a one-year senior-only program designed for students with rigorous academic preparation who plan to continue their education in college to prepare for a career in the health field. When available, students have the opportunity to shadow health professionals. This program offers the potential of earning college credits at Montgomery County Community College at reduced tuition rate. This unique opportunity provides students with a first-hand look at the many healthcare careers available to them.