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News from the Career and Technical Center

It's summer time and the living is curly, sometimes flat for these students


Capital Region BOCE cosmetology students return for summer session

Andrew Morgan

They left school less than two weeks ago, but approximately 50 Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School's (CTE) cosmetology students already find themselves back in the classroom.

No, the students aren't being forced to repeat their schooling; rather, the students are attending classes for the next month at the Albany and Schoharie campuses to attain the classroom hours necessary for certification in New York State.

Teacher Jean Hoffer said that in order for students to earn the 1,000 hours of classroom time required by the state to become licensed cosmetologists, they must spend 120 hours during the summer between their junior and senior years in classes.

This year's program started June 21 and ran through July 19, giving students a little more than a month of recess before the 2016-17 school year begins

On most Fridays, students offer clinics where customers paid a nominal fee to receive any of the multitude of services students learn at the school — from facials to manicures to cuts and styles.

On the second day of classes, students were already hard at work practicing their skills,
albeit perhaps not enthusiastically. Julie Goodwill of Mohonasen

"It's something I need to do to be in the field I have chosen, so it's OK," said Andrew Morgan, a student from Mohonasen.

"I'm not feeling it, but I know I need to be here," added Rhianna LaMontaine of Schenectady.

But if history is a bellwether, the students will grow to love their summertime learning. Graduates of the program often rank the summer session as the most enjoyable memory of school.

"My favorite time at CTE would have to be the summer hours program. These mandatory days during the summer were both fun and educational," said Class of 2015 BKW graduate Samantha Flavell. "It was this time when the non-serious students were weeded out and we got to look at who our senior class would be. Even though I had to be in school for 20 days during the summer, it was then that our class truly bonded as friends."

Top photo shows Andrew Morgan of Mohonasen; second photo, Julie Goodwill of Mohonasen and
the photo shows Rhianna Lamontaine of Schenectady.











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