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Cosmetology student following in her father's footsteps                                                                       

Mohonasenasen student is pursuing the family business while keeping her options open

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Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School (CTE) cosmetology senior Brianna DePoalo is following in her father's footsteps.

The Mohonasenasen student at the Albany CTE campus is on a path to becoming a licensed cosmetologist and launching a career in the industry, just like her father Michael DePoala — owner of City Hall Barbershop in Schenectady — did.

While her father only cuts men's hair, Brianna would like to cut  and style the hair of both sexes and work alongside her father in his shop at least part-time.

Right now, though, she is focused solely on her immediate future.

"I am going to college for either business management of early childhood development. I know I want to work in a salon full-time, but I also may want to teach so I am leaving my options open. I will work in a salon at least part-time, though, because I enjoy working with hair so much."

Asked about her two years at CTE, Brianna said she enjoys the freedom the profession and the school affords.

"I like hands-on work and the freedom you have when you are doing something you enjoy," she said.

In the above photo, DePoalo washes the hair of student Falann Ahrens of Mohonasenasen.



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