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Black History Month Alumni Spotlight: Maurice Massey, Electronics Engineering

FebMaurice Massey, Electronics Engineering Technology Graduateruary 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. Maurice Massey, a 2004 EASTERN Electronics Engineering Technology/Springfield Township High School graduate, is enjoying a successful career as Vice President of the Implementation Services division at CenTrak, a wireless automated location monitoring and environmental monitoring solution for the healthcare industry. The CenTrak system works using various IR/Wi-Fi devices, and records data to build a real-time interface for medical staff and patient workflow. Currently, they are supporting many hospitals across the US with COVID-19 vaccination monitoring. Massey credits his career training at EASTERN for providing him with the skills to succeed in this exciting field.

Growing up, Massey was always opening his gaming systems to see how they worked. He knew he learned best working in a hands-on environment. When he was in 10th grade, he learned about the half-day career and technical programs at EASTERN. He chose Electronics Engineering Technology. He excelled immediately in the class and knew he found his niche. During his time at EASTERN, he also discovered his leadership qualities and served as Class President for SkillsUSA, EASTERN’s student leadership organization, for two years.

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Black History Month Alumni Spotlight: Joseph Waslow, Collision Repair Technology

Joe Waslow, Collision Repair Technology graduateFebruary 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.

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Black History Month Alumni Spotlight: Fred Fox, Electrical Technology

Fred Fox, EASTERN Facilities Maintenance Technician and EASTERN graduateFebruary 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. Fred Fox, a 2017 EASTERN Electrical Technology/Cheltenham High School graduate, has been enjoying being back at EASTERN as their Facilities Maintenance Technician since July 1, 2020. Fox was hired during a major building renovation, in which his expertise and skills were greatly utilized.

Fox has always enjoyed working with his hands and is always looking for better and more effective ways to fix things. As a student at EASTERN, Fox was considered by many to be a leader in his class. He was EASTERN’s November 2016 Student of the Month, and he was a School-Wide Officer for EASTERN’S student leadership organization, SkillsUSA. In May of his senior year, Fox was interviewed by EASTERN’s Facilities Management Company, and was chosen as a maintenance intern out of a pool of 10 qualified student candidates. With this opportunity, he participated in a paid internship for one year, and then was hired to stay with the company full-time at another location. When Fox heard of the Facilities Maintenance Technician opening at EASTERN, he knew he would be a good fit.

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Black History Month Alumni Spotlight: Jimir Reece Davis, Commercial Art

Jimir Reece Davis, Commercial Art/Lower Moreland Hich School GraduateFebruary 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. Jimir Reece Davis, a 2016 EASTERN Commercial Art /Lower Moreland High School graduate, is enjoying success with a recent musical collaboration with Fat Joe and DJ Khaled, entitled Sunshine (The Light.) A Film graduate of Full Sail University, Davis is equally passionate about film and music, and participating on this musical collaboration and video allowed him to enjoy both.

When Davis was in 10th grade, he learned about Commercial Art at EASTERN, and since both photography and graphic design were of strong interest to him, he enrolled for his junior and senior year. Even as a child, he had an ear for music and would remix his favorite songs for fun. When he was a junior in high school, he was selected as the winner of a song mixing contest held by Azealia Banks, American rapper, singer, and songwriter. That contest was the first of many viral music productions by Davis (under the name Amorphous).

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Virtual Open House at Eastern Center for Arts and Technology

The Virtual Open House for Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) in Willow Grove will be held Sunday, March 7, 2021 from 1 – 3:30 p.m. via Zoom. This is a great opportunity for parents of high school students in Eastern Montgomery County to learn how EASTERN can give students a competitive edge in college or in a specialized career program. The Open House offers an opportunity to hear from EASTERN instructors on the business environment that complements students’ high school academics, and from current students on their program experiences. Zoom links for each program, as well as links to learn more about student success, internships, and general questions, will be posted here on the website on March 1.

The Open House agenda for March 7 includes 4 sessions in which parents and students can visit the classrooms of their choice: 1 – 1:30 p.m.; 1:40 – 2:10 p.m.; 2:20 – 2:50 p.m.; and a final session that each instructor will dedicate to questions and answers. EASTERN’s Student Success Coordinators, School-to- Career Coordinator, and Marketing and Recruitment Coordinator, will also have a continuous link available for the duration of the event should participants have specific questions.

EASTERN’s half-day career programs for 11th and 12th grade students include: Allied Health, Automotive Technology, Business and Technology Professional, Collision Repair Technology, Commercial Art, Construction Technology, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Electrical Technology, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, Networking and Cybersecurity, Protective Services, Robotics and Automated Technology, Veterinary Science, and Welding Technology.

Over the past 55 years, EASTERN has been dedicated to serving its students, constantly updating and restructuring its programs, implementing new initiatives, renovating its facilities to be conducive to students’ education, and bringing in faculty and administration who are dedicated to helping students achieve their goals. EASTERN programs continue to evolve to meet industry standards and local workforce needs.

“Even with the challenges of the past year, our students are learning valuable skills, learning more about their chosen career path, and earning industry-standard certifications.” said Dr. Cathleen Plesnarski, EASTERN’s Executive Director. “Our instructors are professionals in their fields who are going above and beyond to ensure that our students receive the best education possible, and that they are ready for their next step toward college or a career. We look forward to hosting this virtual event and meeting parents in our community.”

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Public Notice

EASTERN CENTER FOR ARTS AND TECHNOLOGY
PUBLIC NOTICE

The May 12th, 2021 Joint Operating Committee Agenda Session will be held at 7:00 p.m. and the meeting of the Eastern Center for Arts and Technology’s Joint Operating Committee meeting will be held at 8:00p.m. No public will be admitted to EASTERN due to Governor Wolf’s directives. For your safety and convenience, the meeting will instead be live streamed, and members of the public are invited to attend the meeting virtually and participate in public comment sections of the meeting via Zoom. The meeting agenda can be reviewed here after 8:00 p.m. on May 7th, 2021.

The link to register for the Zoom meeting is:

 https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_j7ASRNU9QiWcpxGuC2AVbw

Directions regarding the procedures for public comment through the use of Zoom are as follows:

Persons wishing to comment during the meeting should email their comments to Linda McAlpine, Board Recording Secretary, at lmcalpine@eastech.org up until 12:00 pm on Wednesday, May 12th, 2021 regarding any agenda or non-agenda item. Such comment will be read publicly at the appropriate time during the meeting. Please note that your name and school district of residence is required in order for your comment to be read publicly during the meeting.

The Board President, at the appropriate time during the meeting, will read those comments publicly, limited to the three (3) minute time limit except at the discretion of the President.

Comments and questions shall be limited to issues and should not include any personal or discriminatory remarks.

Thank you for your cooperation during this time. Please direct any questions regarding this matter to Linda McAlpine, Recording Secretary.

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Open House 2021

Click on the Open House invitation below to engage with EASTERN!

If you are interested in a program, please let us know by completing this Student Interest Form.

2021 Open House Landing Page

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Orleans Technical College Enhanced College-Credit Agreement

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Construction Technology and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning students can benefit from a new partnership with Orleans Technical College. In addition to earning 8.5 potential articulation credits toward Orleans Technical College’s Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating major, and earning 8.5 potential credit toward their Carpentry major, EASTERN students can now take the entrance exam from home.

The articulation agreement is a savings of $534 per credit for students who meet all established admissions criteria, which equals to an overall savings of more than $4,500 for a six-month program. Other Admission criteria includes a high school diploma and transcript to verify that they graduated from a high school that participates in the PA Department of Education’s Programs of Study, and earned a minimum of a 2.5 grade point average at EASTERN. Orleans Technical College offers certification from the Residential Construction Academy, which is administered as an online test by NOCTI, a national leader in career and technical credentialing solutions. When students qualify for the articulated credits, they continue to participate in the classes due to the inter-connectedness of the classes, but they do not get charged tuition.

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