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Grad profile: Learning involves more than work skills

Blais is blazing a different path than she pursued at CTE with the help of her CTE skills

Kendra Blais

Name: Kendra Blais

Home District: Scotia-Glenville

CTE Program: Cosmetology

For many high school students, attending Capital Region BOCES is the means to an end: BOCES is the tool they need to learn the skills they must have to enter the career field of their choice.

But that isn't always the case.

Take, for example, 2017 graduate Kendra Blais, who attended CTE's cosmetology program from the Scotia-Glenville Central School District.

In her first year in the two-year program, Blais learned that cosmetology isn't the career field for her. Instead, she plans to pursue a music certificate program in the fall at Schenectady County Community College as she explores a potential career in the music industry — either in music production or as a music teacher.

But Blais is far from calling her time at CTE a waste. Rather, she said she learned valuable tools that apply to her potential music career or whatever career pans out for her.

"I've learned a lot of life skills that will apply to whatever I choose to do — how to work with people, interact with customers, balance demands," Blais said.

While she is not pursuing a career path that will see her working in a spa, Blais still has positive words for the program and her time in Jean Hoffer's class at the Albany CTE.

"It's a lot of work, but if you find you like the career, it's well worth it," she said. "The class is interesting and the fun and you learn valuable skills that apply to your life — no matter what you are doing."

For more profiles of 2017 Capital Region BOCES CTE graduates, click here.

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