Posted Date: 08/19/2022
Audreyana Hartman is an adult student in the Cosmetology program at Kiamichi Tech – Stigler. She began her journey at Tech as a senior at Quinton High School. She will graduate in December 2022. Hartman says that Kiamichi Tech has given her the hands-on skills and academic knowledge needed to become a successful, licensed cosmetologist.
Q. Why did you choose to attend Kiamichi Tech?
While growing up, my mother was not present, so I had to learn how to style my own and my sisters’ hair. Like most little girls, we always enjoyed “playing princess.” I would wear the fancy dresses and I always got to come up with the fun hairstyles. I was “Miss Snowflake” in the Porum parade one year, and that is when my dad said that everything just clicked that cosmetology would be a great career for me.
Q. How has your involvement in a CareerTech student organization helped you grow?
I have been involved in SkillsUSA and other leadership organizations in my school, which has prepared me to become the President of the Cosmetology class this year.
Q. What skills have you developed at Kiamichi Tech that have helped you succeed?
In addition to the technical skills in Cosmetology, like hair, skin and nails, I have also gained customer service, communication and organizational skills and learned the importance of work ethic.
Q. What are your career plans?
I am in my second year of Cosmetology and I have worked at a local wedding venue for the last three years. Upon completion of the program and passing the State Board of Cosmetology exam, I will be placed on the wedding venue's registry for vendors. I will continue working as a wedding coordinator and I will be looking for a salon in McAlester to work as a cosmetologist.
Q. What have you enjoyed most about your experience at Tech?
I have made lifelong friends and enjoyed the encouragement I received from my classmates, instructor and staff at Kiamichi Tech – Stigler. I also enjoyed getting to meet and talk with our Business and Education Council members this year. I am looking forward to taking the Microburst Employability course this year so I can gain more knowledge and skills that I will need to succeed in my career.