At the Ashe Campus, Cosmetology Program Offers New Beginnings for Some, Second Chances for Others and Much Needed Services to All
Student teacher Steven Boyd and seasoned pro-cosmetology educators Loretta Goodman center, flanked by Miriam Little offer a client consultation.
taught. She went to school in Wilkes at Carolina Beauty College. After finishing at Carolina she started teaching there while working in Winston before giving up the long commute and stayed in Wilkes. “I have ‘done hair’ for 23 years, so I’ve been at Teaching Students the Art and Science of Beauty The school operates a full service salon, and once students it a little while!” she says cheerily. Her experience ranges from complete 300 hours of training they move from the beginner’s owning her own beauty shop to working in a corporately owned section to the advanced department which is open to the public. establishment (Regis Salon) to a day spa and even part time in nursing homes. “I totally love While the beginners practice it and I love the students! I feel on mannequins and perhaps like I’ve been on a journey and each other, senior cosmetolAdvanced pupil Kari Johnson (and new this is where I was meant to ogy students receive their own graduate as of press time) applies the be. I couldn’t ask for a better station where they apply what color her client chose with the help of boss than Chris Robinson, he they’ve learned to patrons six the experts that would suit her particular is just the best. The thing I love days each week. Clients are best about Chris is he cares so walk-ins only, and tipping of hair-type. much more about the students students is encouraged as the and their education than about cost of the service goes solely making a profit.” to the school. Three experiNative of Watauga County, enced teachers oversee all the Tonya Greer Watson made work completed in the school the decision to attend beauty salon, as well as one teachschool in August of 2008. She ing student who has already attended Artistic Academy in graduated from the program. Wilkesboro and worked in a Miriam Little, Loretta Goodsalon there for six months as man, Tonya Watson and Steshe finished her instructor ven Boyd are the current staff training in 2010. She stayed of dedicated educators at the there for one year before startAshe Campus. ing at the Ashe Campus in AuLoretta Goodman atgust 2010. “I finally decided tended cosmetology school in what I wanted to be when I 1996 after retiring from a 34grew up! It took me 37 years, year career managing manufacturing companies in Georgia. After graduating she opened but I love it here. Everyone’s great. We have a great working a full-service salon, which she later sold before teaching at the environment. We respect one another, as student, as teacher. It’s Fayette Beauty Academy in Fayetteville, Georgia. A native to one of the best jobs I’ve ever had.” Steven Boyd also started out at Artistic Academy and transNorth Carolina she returned in 2002 and made a return to teaching in 2009. When asked about retirement she exclaimed, ferred to Ashe Campus when they opened. He graduated in Sep“I have no intention of retiring!” to which Miriam Little chimed tember of 2009 and immediately pursued his instructor’s license in from the background that “hairdressers never retire, they just at the encouragement of Miriam Little. He started teaching in June of 2011 and is working his way toward the required 800 curl-up and dye!” The Ashe Campus is the fifth school where Miriam Little has hours of teacher training so that he can sit for his State Boards prepare for the State Board Exam that each of them must pass to become a licensed cosmetologist.
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