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Herkimer BOCES cosmetology clinic provides
students with ‘totally different’ level of experience

Oct. 30, 2017




Cosmetology student works with local resident on manicure
Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES cosmetology senior Isaiah Oord, of Little Falls, works with Ilion resident Carol Moore at Salon Illusions, the Herkimer BOCES cosmetology clinic. The clinic is open to community members by appointment only from 9-11 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Herkimer BOCES William E. Busacker Complex at 352 Gros Blvd. in Herkimer. To make an appointment or for information, call 315-867-2043.



HERKIMER – When Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES cosmetology students become seniors, they start working with actual clients three days per week instead of just practicing their skills.

Herkimer BOCES cosmetology senior Isaiah Oord, of Little Falls, said the cosmetology clinic is a good way to prepare for careers in the field, and it’s fun.

“You get experience with talking to people and doing work for people instead of just your mannequins,” Oord said. “It’s totally different.”

Salon Illusions, the Herkimer BOCES cosmetology clinic, is open to community members by appointment only from 9-11 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Herkimer BOCES William E. Busacker Complex at 352 Gros Blvd. in Herkimer. To make an appointment or for information, call 315-867-2043.

Cosmetology seniors offer services including cuts, coloring, perms, manicures, pedicures, waxing and more under the supervision of cosmetology instructors Holly Rotundo Fischer and Abigail Gehan and teaching assistant Sarah Jacquays-Alberts.

“This provides them with real life salon client work experience,” Fischer said. “And it is preparing them for entry level employment in a salon.”

Salon Illusions, which opened this school year on Oct. 11, was busy with student customers and members of the community on Oct. 18, when Oord was working with Ilion resident Carol Moore.

Moore said she has been attending the cosmetology clinic for the past several years since she read about it in the paper, and she enjoys everything about the experience.

“I like getting pampered,” she said. “I like the kids. I like the teachers. I like the atmosphere. It’s very nice for the community.”

Moore also attends because it helps students practice their cosmetology skills, she said.

“That’s what it’s about,” she said.

Oord plans to use those skills to someday open a cosmetology business or rent a booth.

“When I do use it, I want to do it on my own; not for somebody else,” Oord said.

Meanwhile, Herkimer BOCES cosmetology seniors Sharon Hamilton, of Frankfort-Schuyler, and Allyson Nelms, of Central Valley, were working with Mohawk resident Jessica Vore and Exeter resident Linda Melchionne.

“The students are always professional and fun to talk to,” Vore said.

Melchionne said she has been visiting the cosmetology clinic for many years since her daughter went to BOCES.

“We were always impressed with how they have the program set up,” she said. “I find the instructors to be very well educated, and the students of course benefit from that.”

Hamilton, who intends to use what she learns from the cosmetology program toward a side job while going to college, said the clinic provides good experience.

“It’s better to work with people than it is with mannequins,” she said. “People are actually giving you feedback.”

Nelms plans to go to college for business management and open her own salon, and she enjoys the clinic, she said.

“I love it,” she said. “I think that it’s great. It’s a very good experience for us to have.”

Nelms said the clinic allows students to practice communicating with clients and responding to what they ask for.

“It shows us what real jobs are going to be like the future,” she said.




Two Herkimer BOCES cosmetology students washing the hair of two local residents
Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES cosmetology seniors Sharon Hamilton (left, standing), of Frankfort-Schuyler, and Allyson Nelms (right, standing), of Central Valley, work with Mohawk resident Jessica Vore (left, sitting) and Exeter resident Linda Melchionne (right, sitting) at Salon Illusions, the Herkimer BOCES cosmetology clinic. The clinic is open to community members by appointment only from 9-11 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Herkimer BOCES William E. Busacker Complex at 352 Gros Blvd. in Herkimer. To make an appointment or for information, call 315-867-2043.






 
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