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Grad profile: Immigrant learns the CTE skills she needs to flourish 

Cheridan Arias Urena came to the United States just three years ago; plans a future styling here thanks to CTE



Name: Cheridan Arias Urena

Home District: Shenendehowa

CTE Program: Cosmetology

Cheridan Arias Urena came to the United States just three years ago, but she is all set for a career here.

After just one year in the Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical Education (CTE) cosmetology program, she is prepared to build a career in cosmetology after a planned brief return to her homeland of the Dominican Republic.

"I really like everything about the cosmetology program. I enjoy helping people look beautiful and the reactions they have when my work is done," she said.

Urena is returning to the Dominican Republic this summer to meet a brother she has never seen
before, along with visiting her grandmother and father.Cheridan shaves

"When I return here in September, I am going to finish my cosmetology education at Paul Mitchell and go to work in a salon," Urena said.

"Cheridan is a quick learner. She still doesn't have confidence in herself, but she knows what she is supposed to," said teacher Jean Hoffer. "She doesn't think she speaks the language well, but I tell her all of the time she has speaks better than some people who grew up in the United States."

Urena credits CTE with teaching her the hair and facial skills she needs to enter her second year of cosmetology and eventually build a career.

"My long-term plan is to open a salon. I just love the industry," Urena said.

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