Mastering this Skill Increases their Marketability
In-demand skills are an Academy hallmark. Case in point: Barbering Teacher James Ricciardo at Bixhorn Tech, is teaching his students how to cornrow hair. As men continue to grow out their locks, this look has come back in style and his students will be ready to offer it to their clients when they enter the workforce.
Cornrows are one of the oldest techniques in the profession, but a lot of barbers don't know how to create them and therefore can’t put them on their menu of services. Said Ricciardo, “What I'm doing is giving my students one more skill for their tool belt, which will make them more sought after in the professional marketplace.”
Learning to cornrow is tricky. According to Ricciardo, some of his students complain that their fingers hurt because they are using muscles in ways they've never done so before. Students are also trying to do four different things with two hands. “It's practice, practice, and more practice,” he said.
The Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology, referred to as the Academy, is the Career and Technical Education Program of Eastern Suffolk BOCES and has locations in Bellport, Oakdale, and Riverhead. Bixhorn Tech is located on the Bellport campus.