Alumni Spotlight: Nekicia Black, Cosmetology

Nekicia Black, Cosmetology graduate.Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Cosmetology/Upper Dublin High School 1992 graduate, Nekicia Black, is currently the Transition Coordinator at Upper Dublin High School, while also pursuing her Doctorate Degree from Immaculata University. Education became one of her career goals due to her experiences at EASTERN.

While in Middle School at Upper Dublin, Black enrolled in EASTERN’s Summer Fun Introduction to Cosmetology program, which helped encourage her passion for the makeup and fashion fields. During high school, Black felt as though EASTERN was a good fit for her career plans, since she was also pursuing a career as a full figure model and knew this was an opportunity to cut out the middle man by learning to do her own hair and make-up for fashion shows. During her time at EASTERN, Black passed her state board of Cosmetology and completed her Cosmetology Teacher hours. In working with her EASTERN Cosmetology Instructor, Mr. Bailey, as a classroom assistant, she enjoyed helping her peers learn, and it is from that experience that her desire to teach was ignited.

“I worked my way through college doing hair and makeup for church members and wedding parties. Currently, I still hold a valid PA license. I worked hard to earn my license, so I never let it lapse,” said Black. “One thing that the highly qualified staff taught me at EASTERN was to believe in myself and that I could be and do anything I set my mind to in life. EASTERN was not only about Cosmetology for me. It was the mentors and leaders who really set my pathway when I didn’t honestly have a clue what I was really doing in life. Advice that I would give any student in a career and tech program as well as all students is that you can attend college. I am a proud EASTERN Alum and I will always encourage students to reach beyond the skies, as we don’t know what the universe holds for anyone.”

Since graduating from Upper Dublin High School and EASTERN, Black has gone on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Cheyney University, a master’s degree in Special Education as well as an ESL and Reading Specialist Cert from Arcadia University, and an Education Leadership Certification from Cabrini University.

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