SWBOCES Center for Career Services Partners with White Plains YWCA

SWBOCES Center for Career Services Partners with White Plains YWCA

An exciting new collaboration has been formed between the SWBOCES Center for Career Services and the White Plains YWCA.

On the second and fourth Mondays of every month during the school year, residents from the YWCA will be provided with a range of cosmetology services from second-year students in the Cosmetology Program. They include everything from manicures, haircuts and hair coloring.

Earlier this week, three residents made their way to the Center for a few hours of pampering. One resident said she rarely gets her nails manicured but was thoroughly enjoying the experience.

“Let me tell you, she’s very good,” she said, referring to Carissa Perez, a student at Sleepy Hollow High School.

“I hope that if I come back again, I get her.”

Carissa said she often performs manicures for her mom and other family members at home, but that getting the chance to work on someone outside of her family was beneficial to know how a “hair/nail salon would function in the business world.”

Fathima Roshan of White Plains High School said she was happy to meet the ladies who came to the classroom and to make them look and feel their best.

“Working on live clients is a great way to practice while gaining real-world experience,” she added.

Raylyn Fairclough of Woodlands High School in the Greenburgh School District said she, too, was happy to provide a much-needed service to the residents.

“It brings me joy and a chance to practice,” she said. “It also gives me a chance to interact with different types of people.”

 BOCES Work-Based Learning Coordinator Evangelo Michas said the initiative is a worthwhile experience for the students.

“This is a great way for our students to gain real-world experience and work-based learning hours,” he said.

The two-year program provides 1,000 hours of training in beauty and wellness, giving students the necessary foundation to pass the New York State cosmetology licensing exam.