Cosmetology Students Participate in Summer Hours

Jakaya Bennett, junior, Abington Senior High SchoolEastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Cosmetology students are hard at work during the summer, earning hours toward the 1,250 hours necessary to take the State Board of Cosmetology Exam in Pennsylvania. Several Cosmetology seniors were able to complete all hours and receive their licensure before the end of the summer program.

Although the majority of the summer program is designed to help the students learn new techniques and refine their current skillsets, the students also had some fun and friendly competitions. They created beautiful bridal looks, hair styles of the 1970s, and recreated their favorite movie characters.

Bee Santino, senior, Abington Senior High School, applying makeup to Haley Tucker

In early April, several EASTERN administrators and staff members volunteered to become certified COVID-19 Antigen Testers so that the summer Cosmetology students could be tested each week, and work on each other. Prior to this initiative, students were limited to working on mannequin heads. Weekly Antigen testing provided peace of mind for the students and their families and gave our students the real-world experience of working on others while refining their client communication skills.

Isabella Matricardi, junior, Archbishop Wood High SchoolHaley Tucker, junior, Hatboro-Horsham High School

“Many people do not realize the time commitment and dedication needed by our cosmetology students to earn their state license. They have to commit to attending summer sessions and giving up their time off. Their creativity and enthusiasm have made this a fun summer to be at EASTERN. We wish the seniors luck as they complete their final week of summer Cosmetology class.”

Save thousands of dollars by taking EASTERN’s Cosmetology program in high school! This two-year program will provide the skills necessary to begin a career in the cosmetology field. In Pennsylvania, as well as other states, cosmetologists must be licensed to practice in the field. To learn more, visit

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