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September 26, 2013

Pinkerton's cosmetology program a cut above

New cosmetology program opens at Pinkerton

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"That is the more intense stuff," Rabideau said.

During one morning class, students were practicing their skills on mannequin heads with human hair. The salon setup in the room includes designed spaces that are exactly like a professional salon.

CTE department chairman Jack Grube said an advisory committee was put in place to help design the new program and drove what the space would eventually look like.

"I'm excited," Grube said. "Look at the opportunities, look at the facility, and there is no impact on taxpayer dollars."

Sara Duval, 17, of Derry said she was happy to be learning in the cosmetology program.

"I want to be a hairdresser someday and open my own salon," she said. "It's a good start."

Amelia Gauthier, 16, took time practicing her scalp rotation procedures with her female head prototype. A career in cosmetology might be in the junior's future after Pinkerton.

"I've always been interested," she said.

In addition to the 6,500-square-foot CTE South building, there is also a new, two-story CTE Annex building on the site of the school's former portable classrooms housing other CTE programs.

Pinkerton's Dean of Academic Affairs Dr. Chris Harper said right now there are 316 CTE courses offered at Pinkerton, courses that may someday help forge lasting career choices for students.

"They are still learning academic skills but also getting skills (around things) they are interested in," he said. "We are looking at careers, offerings include health services, construction, engineering, to help start kids off in a field they are interested in possibly continuing after high school."

Rabideau said in the months ahead, students will fine tune their skills and may open the department's doors to the public for services like manicures and pedicures. All money raised through services would go back to support the program.

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