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Cosmetology Students Shadow Industry Professionals

District cosmetology students were given the opportunity to participate in a job shadow and mentoring program on Nov. 15.

Students from Mrs. Contarino, Mrs. Portier and Mrs. Strumpf’s classes spent the day in a salon with the owner and the professional staff of hairdressers, colorists, receptionists, nail technicians and assistants. As part of their visit, the students learned about the products and services a salon provides. The Cosmetology Program is reaching out to its community salon partners to educate and motivate student-learners about the growth and potential of the industry.

Twenty students had the opportunity to visit one of 18 salons that served as hosts for the group. Many salons had experiences with former cosmetology students, one of whom is Rosa Hawkins from Di Rosa Hair Care in Franklin Square. Rosa is not only a successful salon owner but fondly remembers herself as a student in the Sewanhaka Career and Technical Education program and was delighted to host two students for the day.

Job shadowing serves as a great way for students to explore different career paths and helps set expectations for postgraduation. Industry partners were delighted to be included in this educational opportunity and look forward to participating again next year.

“We are proud to act as mentors and have the students in our salon for the day,” Fran and Agatha, owners of the Lemon Tree in New Hyde Park, said. “There is a lot to learn to be successful in this business.”

The students were inspired by this wonderful job shadow experience, which will encourage them to reach their personal goals in and out of the classroom.

“There’s nothing better than to have hands-on experience,” Mrs. Joan Chieffo, the Career and Technical Education administrator, said. “You can read about a job, but there is no comparison to being hands-on with a person in the work force. This was a very enlightening day for our students and should be duplicated.”