Shawanda Cox is our high school instructor.
Our high school program includes juniors and seniors from both Odessa and Permian High schools.
Our high school curriculum differs slightly from the post secondary program in that students who complete 1000 clock hours through the high school program are eligible to take the Texas Dept. of Licensing and Regulation Cosmetology examinations waivering the additional 500 clock hours in replacement for 500 academic hours. Those who do not complete the required 1000 clock hours for examination may enroll in the post secondary program upon which they must complete the full 1500 clock hours.
Our high school program is proud to be a member of the Skills USA. This is a program designed to “…prepare America's high performance workers. It provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. It builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes and communications skills. It emphasizes total quality at work, high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education and pride in the dignity of work. SkillsUSA also promotes understanding of the free enterprise system and involvement in community service activities.” (SkillsUSA website).
The SkillsUSA Pledge
Upon my honor, I pledge:
- To prepare myself by diligent study and ardent practice to become a worker whose services will be recognized as honorable by my employer and fellow workers.
- To base my expectations of reward upon the solid foundation of service.
- To honor and respect my vocation in such a way as to bring repute to myself.
- And further, to spare no effort in upholding the ideals of SkillsUSA.
Meaning of the pledge
Upon my honor, I pledge:
This is a very strong statement. It means you are committed to follow through on your promise.
To prepare myself:
Preparation requires self-control. It means effort without immediate reward but with the knowledge that the effort will pay off when the preparation is completed.
By diligent study:
Diligence implies something far beyond a quick review of assignments. Diligence means perseverance, concentration and not always taking the easy route.
And ardent practice:
A person of character makes every effort in spite of setbacks or personal loss.
To become a worker:
SkillsUSA members take pride in making things happen, in being good workers and in their employers.
Doing things for others is the basis of many occupations. SkillsUSA members strive to be active in their schools and communities.
Will be recognized as honorable:
The result of preparation, study, practice, work and service is the respect and honor given SkillsUSA members.
To base my expectations of reward upon the solid foundation of service:
This statement reinforces the attitude that we must first serve in order to gain. This attitude is important to success.
To respect my vocation:
SkillsUSA members recognize the need to find their vocation and strive to understand its traditions, skills, leaders and potential.
To bring repute to myself:
SkillsUSA members strive to have a good reputation among their peers, fellow workers, teachers, parents and employers.
To spare no effort in upholding these ideals:
This means service to the community, school and SkillsUSA chapter - getting things done and becoming a leader, all with the ideals of SkillsUSA in mind.