EASTERN student earns cosmetology license

Catherine Healy, Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Cosmetology and Hatboro-Horsham High School graduate, took her PA Board of Cosmetology Licensure examination on July 16 and 18. She is now officially a licensed Cosmetologist just one month after graduation.

EASTERN's Cosmetology program requires 1,250 documented and instructor-approved hours before the student is eligible to take the State Board examination, 2011 data. Typically, this commits the student to two school years, and two summer sessions which EASTERN provides as part of the program.

Catherine was able to complete her 1,250 hours by her EASTERN and High School graduation in June, making her the first EASTERN Cosmetology student to accomplish this feat.
Catherine's aunt is a Cosmetologist, and from a young age Catherine knew that she would follow in her footsteps. Catherine credits her motivation to complete her hours early to her desire to get out into the work force.

Catherine is currently working full time at Details Salon in Doylestown, and in August will attend Empire Beauty School for her teaching certification.

Although she plans to work full-time for the next few years, Catherine would eventually like to teach Cosmetology, and decided not to wait on completing her education.

While at EASTERN, Catherine was the SkillsUSA School-Wide President and was Class Treasurer during the 2009 - 2010 school year.

SkillsUSA is a national student organization promoting good citizenship, student leadership, professionalism, teamwork, and recognizes student achievement and excellence.

At EASTERN's Awards Night in May, Catherine received the Aramark Award, SkillsUSA Advisors Award, and the Foundation Award for High Achievement.

"EASTERN helped me build my professionalism and communication skills," she said. "I now think of myself as a leader and not a follower. My involvement in SkillsUSA truly helped me fine tune these skills."

EASTERN is a public school serving students in nine Eastern Montgomery County school districts, including Abington, Bryn Athyn, Cheltenham, Hatboro-Horsham, Jenkintown, Lower Moreland, Springfield, Upper Dublin and Upper Moreland.

Students benefit from specialized career programs that give them a competitive edge in college or in a career.