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Monday, May 8, 2017

Cosmetology Students At Vo-Tech In Port Allegany Need Help To Become Licensed

Hi,

I am the parent of one of the Cosmetology Students at the Vo-Tech in Port. I am in serious need of helping the girls get their 100 hours needed after graduation. These girls and seniors have devoted 3 years of their life to becoming a licensed cosmetologist. 

Sadly, the program is ending at the end of the year. 

The teacher at the Vo-tech has offered to do 3 weeks at the end of year to help these students. However, it is going to cost $1300.00 total for them to finish. Some of the parents are unable to come up with the money. 

I was the only parent to show up for the meeting last week. As you know, education is very important. I am in desperate need to see if the community would be willing to help. 

 I hate to see 3 years wasted. If they don’t get these 100 hours, the students would have to go to a post-secondary school and being they can’t afford it, will never finish. My daughter is an A student, never been in trouble and a very bright girl. She only has me to advocate for her and sadly, the others have no one. I have fought tooth and nail for 7 weeks and will not give up. 

Can you please post something on your blog and try to get the community to donate to the Vo-tech for the Cosmetology girls to get 100 hours needed? A lot of these students are going to Vo-Tech because they can’t afford college. They are all very bright students.

Any help would be appreciated.

My best,

Kim Andrus
Kimandrus818@gmail.com

21 comments :

Anonymous said...

If it ment that much to the girls their parents would have shown up to that meeting. The votech program has been a big waste of time for a long time the teacher never taught enough to get the girls to pass the state test. And most of them did not continue on if your daughter is so interested in getting 100 hours continental in olean will let her transfer her hours and finish the program along with teach her alot more.

Anonymous said...

I wish the best of luck for this!
So sad to see this program shutting down..

Anonymous said...

how can we help?

Anonymous said...

Put it on gofundme......

Anonymous said...

Do what we all have to do go get a loan....

Anonymous said...

First, a school can not deny a student an education. This is why the home school is responsible to pay for that education. There have been students transported to a school that has an Ag Department because their school does not offer it. There are students being cyber schooled at home. Both are paid for by the school. Since the students signed up for the program it is the responsibility of the school to see that the student gets the completed hours needed. Rather than ask for money for this you really need to approach the school and if then they still refuse.........off to a lawyer you go.

Anonymous said...

Can they do a hair cutting fundraiser? I too would suggest gofundme.

Anonymous said...

In 3 years that is enough time to finish the course, I know this as I did. Attendence is a must so the girls that are lacking hours and cant finish that is their own problem. I had all my hours before I graduated. I understand the Cosmetology program is closing but its up to the students to have enough attendance and make up their missed hours. If they need the hours and cant come up with the money they can go to a Accredited facility that offers the program like Boces or Contintal School of beauty and get student loan. It seems like if the students were serious about finishing they would have shown up to the meeting like the first comment states.

Anonymous said...

It is amazing to me that the school will not fund this. My tax money goes to that school to fund programs like this. It seems to me that if the school starts the program, they should see it to the end.

Helen Calvin said...

There are all kinds of fund raising events these girls can have to raise money. They are old enough put their heads together and work for what they want, if it means anything to them to complete the classes they will work for it.

Anonymous said...

Hair cutting fund raiser or Chinese auction sounds like a good idea... Maybe have it next weekend for community yard sale weekend...or I suggest GoFundMe also

Anonymous said...

Hair cutting fund raiser or Chinese auction sounds like a good idea... Maybe for Port's community yard sale weekend next weekend or I suggest GoFundMe also

Kim Andrus said...

I can do a go fund me and the hair fundraiser is a great idea. I will see what is needed to do that. Any checks can be made out to CTC, memo....cosmo.

Anonymous said...

There are many good suggestions listed here and many reasons why the hours were never completed. Seems that the suggestions would be a better road to follow than to list where you can send a check. See what can be done about the school as one person said, work harder to entice these girls to attend the hours required. In the scheme of things and life there are answers that don't necessarily require donations, outright from people who have also had to borrow to the hilt for their children, with the help from the children, to complete their education. Single mothers with hard working lives on very small incomes have succeeded, the hard way, I know, it wasn't easy, it was very hard but my children did complete their educations with loans and great pride for that 4 year degree they earned, and yes, the hard way. Good luck to you and the others. It can be done if they want it bad enough!

Anonymous said...

Kim we're the hours offered, to the students. ?

Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure the teacher was off for some time-not the students problem!! This delayed them. School did not step up and made this the students/parents problem. Boo!

Anonymous said...

The truth is that the CTC should have axed cosmetology a long time ago. It was not a needed profession around here and placement numbers were down the toilet. Another truth is that the CTC and some politicians are now trying to strong arm or guilt all of the townships and boroughs around here to give them money for five years running so they can launch another unrealistic project for training kids to be volunteer firefighters and EMTs. Our fire departments and ambulance services are fantastic organizations, but letting some cheerleading politicians start exploiting their recruitment problems is the wrong way to go. There are other options for training and this boat won't float. Most of the townships and boroughs have told them to go fly a kite, by the way, but that's a part of the story you're not hearing.

Anonymous said...

I attended this Cosmetology class in my high school years. I Didn't learn ANYTHING. Never learned acrylics, how to cut men's hair, any other cut but a basic hair cut. It was the same thing every single day for 3 years. Pedicures, manicures, scalp treatments and doing perms. Every. Single. Day.
Same tests every year. And yes, I was an 'A' student. Never failed a test, met my point requirements every week and maybe missed, at most, 5 days in the three years.
I NEVER did a cut on anyone. I was never given the chance to. All haircuts on the heads were mock hair cuts. Nothing was actually cut off the head. It did not prepare you at all for a real profession on cosmetology. All that teacher did was sit and shop online and teach us out of the book on Mondays. Huge waste of money that was put into this program. Out of each graduating class, there were maybe 3 at most who went on to pass the test.

Best of luck the the last three girls that need the hours; but is it really worth it? Let's hope they were taught enough to make it all worth it to take the test and pass.

Anonymous said...

I didn't realize that there was going to be this many comments. I will try to do my best to answer and comment. I would like to say thank you for words of luck. Someone made a comment that the students didn't receive any hours for 6-7 weeks while the teacher was out on maternity, this is correct. I contacted the high school in Cameron County where my daughter goes and they were unaware that she wasn't getting any hours because the CTC didn't hire a licensed Cosmetologist to fill in. I am speaking on what I know, a lot of it I don't because I have not received answers myself. I know that Cameron County students in Cosmetology are always short hours due the bus schedule and having to leave earlier than the others in their class. So at the end of 3 years, those hours have to be made up. I had to fight with CCHS to allow her to go 3 full days and 2 half days like some of the other schools. After contacting the State Representative and voicing that I will call the news, they finally agreed. It is sad to see the department close down. I sure hope that none of the others do. There are a lot of kids in that school that depend on that education for their future. Whether we agree or disagree on what some think of the CTC. I know a lot of kids that went on to do what they went for. As far as it being worth it, yes it is. These girls put 3 years into this program. They deserve to get their license. They don't have to stay in this area, maybe there are some that have plans to move out of area into bigger cities. Either way, they worked for it. I don't agree with the 2nd year and 1st year students having no way to finish with the school closing this department. A lot of programs are 2 years or 3, for some they can't even start a new program that is 2 years or more. I started a gofundme (CTC Cosmetology) page and have contacted the teacher to see about a fundraising hair event. I am awaiting her reply. Anyone can always message me on Facebook as well. I also want to comment on the Firefighters and EMT's, I think that they are doing and always have done a fantastic job. Also, I do think these girls need involved as well. That's why I love the hair event. Kim Andrus

Anonymous said...

She was on maternity not her fault the CTC failed to hire a temp

Anonymous said...

Must be a different teacher from what I had several years ago. I hope she was much better and that the students actually were able to learn.
Good luck to these girls!