Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Cosmetology/Upper Moreland High School senior Miranda Vogt, is completing her 1,250 classroom hours required to take her Pennsylvania State Board of Cosmetology exam this summer. Although she excels in her Cosmetology program, her first love is teaching. Miranda has already been accepted to the college of her choice, Cabrini, and will pursue her degree in Special Education for Pre-K to 8th grade.
She took Cosmetology in high school as a way to earn life-long skills, to make money while in college, and also to make additional money while she teaches. She plans to keep her Cosmetology license up-todate even when she obtains a teaching job after college graduation. She also envisions opening a salon for special needs children and their families. In her family, they often go to the salon together to get haircuts, so she would like it to be an inclusive environment.
Miranda always knew about the career and technical programs available at EASTERN since her father is an Electrical Technology graduate. Even from a young age, she always enjoyed doing hair. Now as a Cosmetology student she continues to enjoy the trade, especially hair services such as cutting, styling, coloring, and highlights. She has always felt drawn to the cosmetology field, and has a natural ability for the trade that she was able to enhance and refine during her program at EASTERN.
“Follow whatever comes naturally to you,” advises Miranda. “Hair comes naturally to me, but I always knew that I wanted to be a teacher. Cosmetology at EASTERN was a great opportunity for me to learn skills that can help me earn money on the side while teaching, and that will be part of my future.”
Miranda plans to return to the Eastern Montgomery County area to teach at an elementary school after college graduation.
The Cosmetology program at EASTERN provides the skills necessary to begin a career in the cosmetology field. In Pennsylvania, as well as other states, cosmetologists and nail technicians must be licensed to practice in the field.