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EHS students gaining occupational skills

Cosmetology students at Ennis High School are getting the opportunity to learn valuable skills that will jump-start them into a career in the beauty or skincare industry.
The class is part of the Career Tech program, which teaches students skills they need to start a specific career when they graduate from high school, said Marie Novy, a cosmetology teacher at EHS.
This is the twelfth year the cosmetology program has been active at EHS. It is a two-year program for juniors and seniors, she said. The students receive 500 hours of training each year, which will count toward getting licensed in cosmetology, Novy said.
“We teach them everything they need to know to become an operator,” she said.
After completing the two-year program, students can take a written test and a practical test to obtain their license from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, according to Novy.
“Once they pass their exams, they can get their license and are able to go out into the workforce,” Novy said. “They can do anything in the beauty industry or skincare industry. There are so many career opportunities.”
Most of the students who complete the class and go on to get their licenses will start a career in cosmetology. This year, there are 34 students in the class. The class is open to both boys and girls, but Novy said currently, the class has only girls.
In order for students to showcase their talents, many high school career tech programs participate in Skills USA. Every year, Skills USA holds contests for students to demonstrate their abilities, Novy said. There are categories for students to demonstrate both skills in their field and basic leadership skills. There is also a projects exhibit to give students a chance to be creative with their abilities.
“It’s really unique,” Novy said. “It’s a way to give the girls an opportunity to exhibit their skills.”
The skills portion of the contest was held offsite at South Garland High School on Feb. 13. EHS cosmetology students Ivana Trinidad, Alma Nino, Presley Lewis and Brandy Hollingsworth all participated in cosmetology skills. Norma Torres participated in men’s haircutting. Kailene Ott participated in esthetics and won fourth place.
The project exhibit and leadership skills competitions took place Feb. 20-21 in Waco. EHS cosmetology student Raveen Carroll won fourth place in customer service, and earned best in show, a superior rating, a blue ribbon, a perfect score and qualified for the state competition for her mannequin fantasy project exhibit.
Maribel Tobias and Brenda Rico both won best in show, a superior rating, blue ribbon, perfect score and qualified for state with their nail art project exhibit.
Alma Nino and Angel Campos received best in show, a superior rating, a blue ribbon, perfect score and qualified for state with their mannequin fantasy project exhibit. Nino also participated in job skills demonstration.
Other contestants were Trinidad, who received third place and a bronze medal and Ott, who participated in the job interview portion of the contest.
Nino said she was happy about getting best in show in mannequin fantasy. She is glad to have learned so many valuable skills through the cosmetology program at EHS.
“It’s very fun being in here and learning how to do hair, makeup, manicures and pedicures,” she said. “I’m learning a whole lot.”
Ott agreed that the competition was a valuable experience.
“It’s great that the cosmetology program gets outside Ennis,” she said. “When we compete, people can see that we have a good program in Ennis. We also have a great teacher, which helps.”

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