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Students, teachers show parents Careers programs
Open House puts Career preparation programs on display
Leila Nichols relaxed in her chair as her daughter, Nyla Nichols, gave her mother’s hands a lotion treatment. Nyla is a Cosmetology student at the Center for Career Services and was sharing some of her skills she had learned during the Fall Open House and Back to School Night held on Oct. 11.
The Center for Career Services provides education and training in professional fields ranging from Automotive Technology and Construction Electricity to Culinary Arts, Audio Engineering and Commercial Art among others. High School students are prepared, upon graduation, to enter careers or pursue advanced technical training or go on to college.
Teachers welcomed students and their families to their classrooms, where they shared information about what their sons and daughters had been working on this semester and the things they had planned for the next several weeks.
“They have a better understanding of what their student signed up for,” Director Dahlia Jackson said of the event.
Principal James Matera said the goal is to have parents see the classrooms and meet the teachers which helps put names and faces together. “It’s a nice night,” he said.
The evening began with a dinner for guests in the dining hall before they began their tour of the campus.
Fashion Design/Merchandising teacher Carmen Galiano said her students begin the semester by creating boards in which they paste or draw their interests. This helps her get to know her students better. Eventually the discussion of why people wear certain clothes takes place as students again draw and develop their theories.
This semester the students have worked on a new project, Ms. Galiano said. Working with the Westchester SPCA, her students have designed and created pet toys that they have cut out and put together and will donate to the animal shelter.
Raymond Sulla, who teaches Security, Law and Policing told parents their classes consist of several exciting field trips.
The classrooms dedicated to Cosmetology were bustling as parents had an opportunity to enjoy some pampering. Several were receiving lotion treatments on their hands, while others had their hair or nails done.
Student Alyssa Rainaldi was working on her mother’s hair.
She said she decided to come to Career Services in order to get her Cosmetology license and hopes to one day work in a salon.
“I thought it was a great idea,” Laura Rainaldi said of her daughter’s choice to come to Career Services.
“My sister does hair and make-up, she inspires me,” Haylee Wootten said as she filed the nails of her mother, Dina Wootten.
In the Culinary Arts building, Chef Peter Tomaskovic, better known as “Chef T,” was talking to a family whose son is interested in the culinary arts.
“They learn how to set up, clear the tables. You get cash skills,” he said.
In the kitchen, April Francis sampled some of the cookies her son’s class had made.
Her son, Jahray-Jeden Francis, said one day he wants to own his own business.
Next door in the automotive area, parents were excited to learn how their student could work on small projects on their own personal vehicle.