Earning The Skills To Style The Stars

Bennett Karas, who has short brown hair with a long bang, and is wearing a red, green, yellow and black hooded pullover beneath a black smock, and a star-printed face mask, styles a mannequin's hair in a Career & Technical School cosmetology classroom.
Bennett Karas, a North Colonie junior who attends our Cosmetology program, is gaining the skills to follow a dream of one day becoming a hair stylist on movie sets.

Bennett Karas, a North Colonie junior attending our Cosmetology program, is learning the skills and earning the 1,000 hours of training and experience needed to take the New York state licensure exam, with the hope of one day becoming a stylist to the stars.

“I am just glad to have the learning experience and to be able to do what I enjoy and learn about it,” Karas said while styling hair on a mannequin during a recent class.

“I think of cosmetology as like psychology. [But] instead of just our minds, it helps people with their minds and their beauty,” Karas said.

Upon graduation, Karas plans to go to Hollywood and style hair on movie sets.

“I have always loved being creative.”

Recruitment Now Underway

Recruiting is underway for the 2022-23 school year. The year will be highlighted by the opening of a new, state-of-the-art Career and Technical School, Albany Campus that will house nearly all programs. The Schoharie Campus will also remain open providing numerous opportunities for students in the southwestern reaches of Capital Region BOCES.

Learn About Our Career & Technical Education Programs

The  Cosmetology program is one of more than 40 programs offered on one of three campuses for high school students. Learn about the many courses available to through our Career & Technical School.