Michelle Vitacco

Michelle began her cosmetology career as a manicurist at the House of Nails in Old Bridge, immediately after graduation. The 200 hours she acquired in Ms. Bev's cosmetology class allowed her to take the licensing exam. She eventually opened her own private manicuring space in 1990 in conjunction with En Vogue Salon in Sayreville until 1993.  

Michelle was married in 1995 and moved to Long Island where she had her daughter Katelyn in 1996. She then decided in 1998 to change course and venture into nursing and became a certified nursing assistant through the American Red Cross.  Michele worked in private duty and a nursing home for the next ten years.

Eventually Michele returned to her roots in Old Bridge, no pun intended, where she received her full cosmetology license at the Empire School in Eatontown in 2010.  Afterwards, Michelle went on to receive her certification to teach cosmetology.   She is currently residing in Ornigsburg, Pennsylvania, where she is attending school to acquire her aesthetician's license, while working at a salon in Allentown.

Michelle noted, "I don't think I would be where I am today without Collier HS.  It was the best decision my family ever made to send me there.  I learned a lot about myself and what I wanted to be."  She went on to encourage other alumni by saying, "that despite any obstacles in your life, to remember to follow your dreams."