Catching Up With…Lauren Cekovich, Class of ‘13
Lauren recently visited the cosmetology program to have services done by current CPAVTS students. She told us all about her success since graduation, and we enjoyed hearing about the direction she took from Cosmetology.
Describe the company or industry in which you currently work.
“I work in the Higher Education Field (colleges/universities).”
What is your job title and what do you do?
“I am the Student Success Coordinator. I design, plan and implement student success programming, as well as teach student success courses. I also do academic advisement. I provide support services and connect students to resources that will enable their success.”
What other employment have you had related to your program areas at CPAVTS?
“None. I went to college straight out of my program and only practiced cosmetology on the side for fun.”
What additional education and training did you receive after leaving CPAVTS?
“I have a B. A. in Sociology, as well as a M.Ed. in Higher Education from Kutztown University.”
Follow-up: Did CPAVTS prepare you for this?
“Absolutely! Mrs. Franklin and Mrs. Miller gave me the encouragement I needed to pursue Higher Education.”
How was Cumberland Perry different than your regular high school?
“My high school felt like a prison for me, where I didn’t belong. I had no one to connect with, and a lack of interest in the things I was being taught in my classes there. It felt more like a glorified babysitting service than preparation for the real world. All of that changed for me when I came to CPAVTS. I finally felt like I belonged somewhere. I had mentors that were in my corner. I was able to make friends quickly through our shared interest. I was given the encouragement and support I needed to succeed.”
What is your favorite CPAVTS memory?
“One of my absolute favorite memories from my program was the opportunity given to us, to participate in hair competitions among my classmates. We were able to team up with our friends in order to transform our model into anything we wanted. We were encouraged to be as creative as possible, while also implementing all the technical skills we had been learning. Hair, make-up, nails and outfit, were all included in the transformation. It was like being in a real competition in industry. One time we transformed our model into a mermaid (we won!), the next time we transformed her into a zombie. We had SO much fun! And we got to practice and improve the skills we were being taught.”