Old Brook High School Parma Campus' Nail Tech Program Thriving!

Old Brook High School Parma Campus' nail tech program launched on November 8th. The students are currently being trained by Stephanie Shue, licensed cosmetologist, and manicuring teacher at Old Brook Parma.

The students are learning all about client care, infection control, nail & skin physiology, anatomy, chemistry & professional development- as well as a variety of different nail services- natural nail services, artificial nail services, gel polish, specialty nail services- all for manicures as well as pedicures. The students are very excited to be moving over into the practical lab to practice hands-on learning! Once the students complete the program, they will be going down to Columbus to take their licensure exam at the state board of cosmetology (looking to test in May 2022). All students who pass the exam will receive their manicuring license. There are currently 13 students participating in the program.

Micro-credentials: Skills for the Future!
Liberty High School is leading the pack!


Oakmont Education was honored to be included in the first wave of innovative community partners to participate in this pipeline with special emphasis on our resiliency program.

University of Dayton Staff and graduates of IACT (Institute of Applied Creativity and Transformation) are now assisting Liberty High School with a pilot project that enhances resiliency.

IACT is training Beatrice Keaton, by providing student facilitators and covering the cost of a micro-credential curriculum which offer students the ability to earn badges in 3 micro-credential areas: Resiliency (includes the capacity to learn from experience and focus on solutions), Initiative (includes self-efficacy and the capacity to identify needs and respond proactively), and Collaboration (includes the capacity to work productively with different individuals and groups toward a common goal).

Liberty High School students who are concurrently enrolled in YouthBuild Dayton will be earning these three micro-credential badges by the end of the year. These badges in creative skills can then be added immediately to resumes and LinkedIn profiles, demonstrating to employers their applied creativity skills and setting them apart from other candidates.

Check out this video to learn more about the program!

The Tools to Teach: Thank you, Lacquer Gallery!


A huge thank you to our partners at Lacquer Gallery who donated Regent High School Nail Tech Program's opening supply of nail polishes! Over five cases were delivered to the school in December! We are grateful for the tools to teach our students a skill for life!

Owner, Lisa Suarez’s Lacquer Gallery has grown from a crew of two to a gang of over sixty talented and vivacious artists dedicated to celebrating everyone in all their beauty and diversity. Hand-picked specialists offer all the latest trending beauty treatments. Whether your style is edgy, bohemian, classy or chic, they can pair you with someone who has mastered your look.

Lacquer Gallery’s lovingly-curated, multiple spaces are a premier venue displaying art, jewelry, and hand-crafted products from Columbus’ finest artists and female-owned businesses.



Employee Spotlight


This newsletter’s employee spotlight is Oakmont’s Vice President of Career Tech, Dr. Jerry Farley.

Childhood memory: Playing wiffle ball in the alley with my big brother.

Food: Steamed Blue Crabs

Book: Tattoos on the Heart - by Gregory Boyle

Favorite Holiday: Memorial Day

Favorite Artist or Sports Team: Carolina Panthers

Vacation destination: Catalina Island, California

What is your ‘Why’?

I can't think of anything more powerful than lifting young adults out of generational poverty...that's ultimately what CTE should do.