Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Commercial Art and Abington Senior High School junior, Nicole (Nikki) Klaski, comes from a long line of EASTERN graduates. Understanding the value of career and technical education, she knew that many of her interests were related to the commercial art industry. Inspired by her sister, Kelly, who is a graduate of Commercial Art, she decided to enroll. Now, she is completing her first year with a first-place Customer Service win in the SkillsUSA District and State competitions, which earned her a spot to participate in the virtual National SkillsUSA competition in June.
Nikki’s father, Phil, attended the Construction Technology program. Her mother, Michelle, attended the Computer Networking program. Her sister, Brittany, attended the Cosmetology program. And finally, her sister, Kelly, attended Commercial Art. Encouraged by her family to attend EASTERN, Nikki decided to further explore her interests in photography and illustration. She found that her experiences in Commercial Art have helped her develop an interest in the graphic design field.
“My favorite part of Commercial Art is the kindness and support both Mrs. Mohrey and Mrs. Totaro have for all of the students,” said Nikki. “They are a source of positive support and reassurance for those like me who have very high standards for assignments. The opportunities that come with this program, such as SkillsUSA and real-world assignments, make Commercial Art fun and exciting. I would recommend Commercial Art to any student that has any interest or possible interest in a field related to graphic design, photography, or illustration. If you find you are not suited for these certain fields, you can branch out your interests, and improve skills to help create something even better for yourself and your future career goals.”
After graduating from EASTERN and Abington Senior High School, Nikki plans on attending a four-year college and majoring in Business or Architectural Design.