Irvin Romero is on a career crash course of sorts at Eastern Center for Arts and Technology.
Irvin, a Hatboro-Horsham High School senior and Eastern collision repair technology student, is getting a head start on his career as an automotive refinisher.
Irvin is currently deciding between Universal Technical Institute or WyoTech to continue his collision repair education.
Irvin took a tour of Eastern in 10th grade, and became interested in a few classes; however, his love of cars helped him to narrow down his program choices.
Since enrolling at Eastern as a junior, Irvin has become extremely involved with SkillsUSA, EASTERN's student leadership organization. He is currently the collision repair technology class president. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. EASTERN students involved in SkillsUSA have the opportunity to compete with other students in their career and technical program for scholarships, awards and tools of the trade. Irvin plans to compete in the local SkillsUSA competition in December, and hopes to move on to the District competition.
“Trades are important. They are not a fall-back plan, as it may have been thought of in the past,” he said. “The trades are in high demand. Skill-sets learned at Eastern will set you on a successful career path. That is exactly what trades lead to – successful careers.”
Irvin received the Straight A and the Directors Awards at Eastern’s Awards Night in May 2012.