Ticonderoga High School senior Natasha Grey works at her new work station on CV-TEC.
With the addition of brand new, state-of-the-art work stations and clean, new wall paint, students of the cosmetology classes offered at CV-TEC now have a learning environment that rivals any high style hair salon.
The new cosmetology center was unveiled during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at CV-TEC’s Mineville campus Sept. 15.
“We are very excited to have this new room in our school. It brings the cosmetology class into the 21st century. Students are getting a 21st century experience and it brings the whole department up to the 21st century,” Principal Grace Stay said.
The cosmetology classroom at CV-TEC hadn’t been renovated in almost 20 years. Stay said all the wiring needed to be torn out and updated. The older equipment had become obsolete for the needs of a current salon.
The updates began in July 2010 with the addition of new work stations for students. The stations allow students to lock up their work items, such as manikin heads, scissor kits and manicure sets. The new work stations have up-to-date wiring and hide wires that were once hanging over stations. The classroom received new blinds and a fresh coat of paint this summer to complete the work and give it a polished look.
Along with new classroom equipment, the salon has a new computer system. The system is the same as used in major salons around the country and gives students a realistic, job-like atmosphere.
“When these girls come into this school we try to show them they are adults. They must clock in like they would at any job. They have a list of responsibilities they must do before they leave and every action they do, on a client or another student, we want them to do as a professional,” cosmetology teacher Lisa Banker said.
Banker said the tool kit each student receives at the beginning of the year has also been updated for students. After surveying the students, Banker and fellow cosmetology teacher Jamie Silver decided to get all new zebra print scissors, color bottles and equipment for the students.
“The kits hadn’t been changed in years, and the students buy their kits at the beginning of every year. We wanted them to have these supplies and see themselves using them in their job fields and we try to make it fun. Next year, if pink is in, we’ll order the kits with pink accessories,” Banker said.
Student Natasha Grey, a senior at Ticonderoga High School, has been coming to the CV-TEC salon every day since her junior year.
“I like the new room, I saw the old room and this new setup is much bigger and easier to work with and resembles what you’d see at a salon,” Grey said.
The classroom was unveiled to the public Oct. 6 during Fall Family Night and Spa Night.