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Tech students earn cosmetology licenses

TURNERS FALLS — Four Franklin County Technical School cosmetology students have earned their cosmetology operator’s license allowing them to practice professionally. That includes the first male student to do so.

Milton Rock IV, 18, of Shelburne Falls, Leslie Kozma, 18, of Gill, Jaimi Murcell, 18, of Orange, and Crystal Spurling-Wetterwald, 17, of Ashfield, earned their licenses during a recent testing session at Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative in West Springfield.

All of the students are members of the Class of 2013.

The students were required to take a written test, as well as perform 16 practical tasks, including color application, pin curls, thermal curling iron, haircut, nail polish application and basic manicure.

The students are anticipating entering the job market when they graduate, although Rock plans to eventually join the military. As the first male to receive his license, Rock is hoping to work in a salon before he enlists.

“I already have a possible job in Holyoke at the mall, but I’m still looking for a job in a salon in Greenfield,” he said.

Kozma said she has not committed to joining a particular salon or career path, but instead is “open-minded about what to do in this industry.”

According to Murcell, she plans to get a job in a salon for the short term and take management classes in college, “so that I can one day open my own salon.”

Like Murcell, Spurling-Wetterwald sees herself owning her own salon someday.

“I plan to find a job at a salon in this area for now, and take management classes,” she said.

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