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Wildcuts Salon celebrates grand opening

on January 26, 2018

Wildcuts Salon, the new cosmetology classroom at Warwick Valley High School, celebrated its grand opening Jan. 25.

A female teacher speaks to visitors about the cosmetology program

Cosmetology teacher Kathleen Bettello welcomes visitors to the Wildcuts Salon.

This school year, the High School added Cosmetology to its growing Career and Technical Education (CTE) program. Wildcuts Salon – the Cosmetology classroom –  boasts hair styling stations and offers haircuts, manicures, makeup, and other services.  
Thursday’s grand opening included a traditional ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce. Special guests included chamber members; Michael Johndrow, the Chamber’s executive director; the Warwick Valley Board of Education, District administrators, and students.
The High School’s CTE program also includes Criminal

A group photo and the ribbon cutting of the Wildcuts Salon

Superintendent Dr. David Leach cuts the ribbon and officially opens the Wildcuts Salon.

Justice and Video Production. Previously, students had access to these CTE classes, but had to travel to Orange-Ulster BOCES in Goshen. With newly expanded CTE offerings now on campus, students can remain in the High School and take advantage of other opportunities.
“I just love everything about it,” said Cosmetology student Andrew Redman, a junior. “It’s just so much fun and I’m so happy it’s here.”
“It’s great that we can take the

classes here,” added junior Nina Kambac. “We don’t have to leave our high school.”

A portrait of two high school juniors who are students of cosmetology

Cosmetology students Andrew Redman, left, and Nina Kambac are among the first to attend classes at Wildcuts Salon.

When deciding which programs to offer at the High School, administrators assessed Warwick Valley students’ participation and interest in CTE. Some programs, such as plumbing and auto repair, weren’t practical to consider, but converting existing classroom space into a hair salon, a police bureau, and a video production studio was within the District’s capabilities.
“We have everything here that a working, professional salon has,” said Cosmetology teacher Kathleen Bettello. “Our students will be ready for careers.”

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