Three ONC BOCES cosmetology students who are graduating from high school this year might have different career visions.
But one thing is the same. They each credit their CTE program at ONC BOCES as being a key foundation for their future.
Sarah Hunter of Oneonta City School and Britany Long of Laurens Central School spent part of a recent class honing their hair-coloring techniques on fellow student, Shannon Brannigan, also of Laurens.
All three are slated to graduate in June and are planning on attending college next fall.
Hunter has some big plans for after graduation.
“I’m going to SUNY Delhi for business,” Hunter said. “I would like to open my own salon after I get some business knowledge and my license for cosmetology. ONC BOCES has helped me get toward my license without having to pay a lot of money for a beauty school.”
Hunter said getting certifications in Cosmetology and the other programs can take some time, but she said ONC BOCES provides a lot of support.
“Working hard and good attendance is very important,” she said.
Long said she has a different interest and is expecting to attend SUNY Cobleskill to study Therapeutic Horsemanship.
“The horses are used for therapy for the disabled children or PTSD patients,” she said.
Even though her career path is moving away from cosmetology, Long said the program has been very beneficial. When asked how the Cosmetology Program will help her pursue this career, Long quickly said it has helped her focus on working with people.
She had some advice to prospective CTE students.
“It’s okay not to know what you want to do right away,” Long said.
Brannigan is also student at Laurens Central School.
“I plan on attending Herkimer Community College for ecotourism and adventure,” Brannigan said.
She is getting a little pre-studying in for that field by planning tours of Puerto Rico and then to Europe for this summer. One of the biggest benefits of the Cosmetology Program has been honing communications skills, according to Brannigan.
Brannigan also had some advice for younger students who might be considering CTE programs at ONC BOCES.
“If you are interesting in something, go for it. You might find you like it better than you thought or you might find you want to do something different,” Brannigan said.
All three students agreed that no matter where life takes them, the CTE programs at ONC BOCES gives students skills and trades they can fall back on.