Hartford Area Career & Technology Center
My experience at HACTC is something I am always willing to talk about and share with anyone who is interested. I have gained a bottomless list of knowledge and experience from my teacher Mrs. Dunham in the Cosmetology class over junior and now senior year. I feel by the end of this year the HACTC will have put me right on the path I have been searching for and I will be ready to start a career and life on my own. I somehow managed to gain something from almost every other class in the HACTC. as well.
I have to thank Mrs Trombly, the Business Administration teacher, Mrs. Leland the Foundation Skills Coordinator, and Mrs. Allard the Design, Illustration and Media Arts teacher for being a HUGE extra help. They have helped me do such things as filling out all my papers right, creating a resume, cover letter, etc. and have also helped me to prepare for my FBLA competitions.
Being a part of the HACTC community, I feel as though I could go to any teachear or classroom looking for guidance and receive exactly the kindness, respect, or help I would ask for. Our mission to achieve each year and expand off from is “Respect. Engage. Learn. Work. Serve. Grow.” I think this is a very important mission for any community to follow.
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is something I stumbled upon in the HACTC my Junior year and became very passionate about. I involved myself in the program mostly because I knew it was something that would do good things for my future according to my teachers and peers. When going to our Spring Conference trip, I was unsure. The entire bus ride I continued teetering back and forth about how much I believed this was going to be enjoyable. We arrived and after 10 minutes or so passed by of mingling with kids from various chapters I was having a blast and learning and growing as an individual and a leader. This year I will be returning to FBLA as secretary of my chapter and I could not be any more excited!
When I started my junior year of highschool, I didn’t have much of an idea about what I wanted to do after I graduated. When I got home from my first day of school, my mother strongly encouraged me to apply for a course at HACTC. When I talked to my counselor about applying, the deadline had already past so certain classes weren’t available. There was, however, an opening in Cosmetology. I have always been interested in cosmetology, but didn’t give it too much thought until that point. I signed up for the program with little knowledge of what to expect. In one year, I have completely fell in love with it. There are so many aspects of this field that I appreciate, the main one being that you can modify it to your own desires. I am so grateful that my mom pushed me in this direction.
Everyone in the tech center is so welcoming and friendly. The administration and teachers actively strive to make me feel important. They hold high standards for themselves, which is reflected through the student’s performance. Every teacher is friendly and wants nothing more than to see you succeed. My teacher, Mrs. Dunham, is always positive and willing to work with me, but still pushes me to work to the best of my abilities. I’ve developed skills in this program that make me confident about my future in cosmetology.I am looking forward to attending New England School of Hair Design after I graduate and becoming a certified cosmetologist. The field has a 100% employment rate so where ever I want to take my life I will have this skill to support me.