Career and Technical Education
Cosmetology Instructor: Jeannette Best
Education & Experience: Jeannette Best the current instructor holds a Cosmetology Teacher's License in Delaware and Pennsylvania. Ms. Best began her career working as an assistant while completing her cosmetology training at Star Technical Institute (1996). After working as a hairstylist in the City of Chester at "Best Kept Secret Hair Design" from 2000 - present, Ms. Best decided to continue her education at Venus Beauty Academy in Aston, PA. (2004). Throughout her career Ms. Best has worked as a Cosmetology Teacher at Empire Education Group (Cheltenham 2015), American Beauty Academy (Wilmington 2011-2015) and Pennsylvania State Board of Cosmetology, (Center City Philadelphia 2011-2014) as a Cosmetology Test Examiner. Jeannette is currently enrolled at Temple University pursuing a Vocational I Certification.
Teacher Assistant: Robin Toogood
Chester-Upland School Districts’ Cosmetology Program prepares students with skills necessary to complete the Pennsylvania State Exam. The areas of study are: Professional Image, Facials, Hairstyling, Hair Cutting, Hair Coloring, Anatomy and Physiology, Make-up, Massage etc. The technical skills and occupational training are the latest and most innovative to the industry. With 900 hours completed students with a diploma become eligible to take the Pennsylvania Cosmetology Exam. Passing students will receive a Temporary License from the state allowing them to work while completing the remaining balance of the 1250 hours necessary for a Permanent Cosmetology License.
Chester High School's Cosmetology Department has partnered with professionals in the industry to offer opportunities beyond the classroom. These partnerships will give students access to live demonstrations, job shadowing opportunities and workshops with hands on training relative to current industry demands. Students are trained to work in a salon environment while interacting with peers and salon patrons which cultivates effective communication skills necessary for stylist success. All student work is facilitated under the supervision of a licensed teacher.
Career and Technical Student Organization
Students in the Cosmetology program have the opportunity to join the Career and Technical Student Organization "SkillsUSA". This student organization provides student a chance to network with other students in their occupational area, It also give students an opportunity to demonstrate skills learned in the classroom in a competitive event scenario. Students who join can build leadership qualities and networking skills while in in SkillsUSA. By being a member students can qualify and apply for scholarships that are offered through the organization.