Catching Up With…Alexandria Forlizzi, Class of ’12 and Debbie Eckstine-Weidner, Class of ‘76
Alexandria Forlizzi: Class of 2012 (Greenwood High School, Cosmetology)
Debbie Eckstine-Weidner: Class of 1976 (Mechanicsburg High School, Cosmetology)
Alexandria and Debbie are both graduates of the CPAVTS Cosmetology Program; Alexandria from Greenwood High School and Debbie from Mechanicsburg High School. Both ladies joined this year’s 1st Annual Cosmetology Alumni Day Event. They were both gracious enough to fill out our Alumni Questionnaire so we could hear about what has transpired in their careers since leaving CPAVTS.
Here is what they had to say:
Describe the company or industry in which you currently work.
“Beautiful Dream Team is a traveling team, performing services for all special occasion events—mainly for weddings, doing both hair and make-up.”
“De’Rielle Cosmetology Academy.”
What is your job title and what do you do?
“Bridal Stylist. I do bridal hair and makeup. I do the same for other special occasions: prom, coronations etc.”
“I am the owner and supervisor of the Academy. I oversee and teach.”
What other employment have you had related to your program areas at CPAVTS?
“I owned a salon called Raw Artistry and I also worked in a salon for six years.”
“I write for Milady, Person Vue, P.C.S., and Penn State Platform-Image Labs. I do on-stage makeup for productions, and airbrush and photo work for over 100 publications for hairstyles.”
What additional education and training did you receive after leaving CPAVTS?
“Advanced Esthetics Program at De’Rielle Cosmetology Academy. I took classes at The International Dermal Institute. I also took various classes at Norwell University and have been to many trade shows and trainings.”
“So many...too many to list!”
How was Cumberland Perry different than your regular high school?
“It allowed me to start my career ahead of schedule and I didn’t have to pay for years of cosmetology school to get my license after high school.”
“It prepared us to work straight out of high school, with the hours and certifications needed to be a trade professional.”
How has your industry changed since your time at Cumberland Perry?
“This industry constantly changes. Trends, services, micro blading, lash extensions, and more. Also the practical exam disappeared from the PA State Board Exam.”
“Too much to write in 40 years of changes in this industry. It is always changing with trends and services.”
What is your favorite CPAVTS memory?
“Laughing at nothing in the locker room. Scaring Mrs. Miller by hiding in the box of manikins.”
“My instructor, Mrs. Allison.”