Tyler ISD Cosmetology students Brianna, Jackie and Sadie are already on their way to a career they love, and they haven’t even graduated high school yet. The girls are taking the skills they have learned in the Career and Technology Center (CTC) Salon out into the real world through internships at local salons.
Briana Nunez, 18, works a five hour shift on the weekends at J. Venture Salon/Adventure Cuts in Tyler observing children’s cuts, highlights, men’s cuts, up-dos and more.
“I enjoy the fast pace of a real salon,” Briana said. “It is interesting to see how stylists manage their time with their appointments.”
CTC Cosmetology teacher Francisco Vasquez says the goal for CTC Cosmetology is twofold.
“The first goal is to get the students licensed with the State of Texas,” Mr. Vasquez said. “The second is to give them as much knowledge and practical experience as possible for a foundation. Future employers can then build on that foundation. We emphasize work qualities such as attendance, customer service, appearance, and client consultation. The students are then ready to be employed by salons.”
Jackie Garcia, 17, works five days a week at Irma’s Salon in Tyler where she also observes various aspects of salon management. Her favorite skill she has learned so far is scissor cuts.
Sadie Isham, 18, says her internship at Smart Style Hair Salon has taught her a lot about various styles of cuts but mostly various techniques with clipper-style cuts. She also spends time as the receptionist learning how to schedule appointments.
“The real world is definitely at a faster pace than when we learn skills in school,” she said. “I have noticed a lot of skills we have learned are also used in the salon, just at a much faster pace.”
The Cosmetology program at the CTC gives an opportunity to explore a range of careers available in the cosmetology industry. Students receive training in sequential courses that can lead to successful completion of requirements for licensing with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations. After passing the state examination, a student could be fully licensed to work in any salon in Texas prior to high school graduation.
Pictured L-R: Sadie Isham, Brianna Nunez and Jackie Garcia