Graduates of EvCC's Cosmetology Program have gone on to exciting careers! We wanted to share a few stories with you of the many Everett Community College Cosmetology Students who now enjoying working in a career they love!
Ashley Lindquest grew up in the Marysville area. She dreamed of becoming a hairstylist since she was a little girl. Ashley was in her junior year at high school when she started researching a career in Cosmetology, and discovered that she was able to apply to the Everett Community College Cosmetology program through the Sno-Isle Skill Center. Sno-lsle Skill center funded a portion of the tuition during her entire senior year of high school. Ashley went through an interview process her junior year and was one of only 12 students selected out of approximately 100 applicants. She began the EvCC Cosmetology program the summer before her senior year. She knew this was a great opportunity for her to get started on a career she was going to love. Ashley was an excellent student and role model while she was enrolled at the EvCC Cosmetology program. She had perfect attendance and received the "Outstanding Graduate" award.
Ashley graduated on December 6, 2006 from the EvCC Cosmetology program and began an advance program at the Gary Manuel Salon in downtown Seattle in January of 2007. She explained that she goes through a one year training program, working five days a week, eight hours a day. Currently, she is in Phase 3 -- working on her own clients. Ashley loves both haircutting and hair color. She feels that the EvCC Cosmetology program prepared her well for a great start in her career. Ashley says that the best part of being a hairstylist is getting to know people and seeing them smile when she is finished doing their hair. "It is the best!" The above picture is Ashley with Gary Howse, the owner of Gary Manuel Salon. Gary also serves on the Washington State Cosmetology Department of Licensing Advisory Board.
Hanh Ho and her 11 year old daughter Nina, pictured above, moved to Lynnwood, Washington in 2002 from California. Hanh was a single mother working hard to support her daughter. Hanh wanted to start a career in Cosmetology and enrolled in the Everett Community College Cosmetology program in January of 2005. She received funds through financial aid to support her enrollment for the first four quarters, and Workforce Development funded her last quarter of the program. Hanh proved to be an excellent student throughout her enrollment with EvCC. She had perfect attendance for five quarters, and even won the "Outstanding Graduate" award from the college. Hanh graduated from EvCC Cosmetology on March 15, 2006 and started working as a hair stylist at Hair Masters in Snohomish. Hanh enjoys doing all of the services that Hair Masters offers, but her specialty is haircutting, especially men’s haircuts. Recently, she was offered an assistant manager position; she feels that she is not ready just yet, but possibly in the near future. Hanh mentioned that there are a lot of opportunities to grow at her company and is enjoying her work very much. Hanh added that she was very glad she attended EvCC Cosmetology program and felt she was prepared for the salon when she graduated. She even felt that she knew so much more than her other co-workers that attended different beauty schools. Hanh is looking at furthering her education by possibly going back to school to get her esthetician license.
Jennifer Edgely grew up in Port Townsend, Washington and graduated from high school in 1996. Jennifer moved from Port Townsend to the Everett/Snohomish area in September 2001 so she could attend the Everett Community College Cosmetology program. After she graduated from cosmetology school in February 2003, she started work as a hair stylist for the Regis Corporation at the Everett Mall location. She worked there for two years and 10 months before she was offered a manager position at the Regis Salon in Redmond Town center. After only six months as manager, the salon at Redmond was able to double their sales. Because Jennifer was so successful, the Regis Corporation rewarded her, asking her to step into a manager position at the Northgate Regis. She stayed at the Northgate location until the manager position opened up at the Everett location, where she has been located for the last year.
Jennifer said she recently won a nationwide color contest where she gets to attend an educational trip in Las Vegas. There are so many opportunities within the Regis Corporation, she just loves it. Her biggest accomplishment as manager will be if she wins the Presidential Award that she is up for in July 2008. The salon has exceeded their goal by $26,000.00 for the year. If Jennifer wins she will go on an all expenses paid trip to Australia and the salon will receive $10,000.00 to split between all the stylist. Jennifer's specialty is haircolor, "because you can be so creative and it is so fun". Her favorite part of being in the hair business is that she is able to make people feel good about themselves.
Lucia Alonso graduated from Marysville Pilchuck High School in 2003. Lucia had a dream of becoming a hairstylist and enrolled in the Everett Community College Cosmetology program, September 2003. During Lucia’s cosmetology training she was able to maintain an excellent grade point average and had near perfect attendance. Lucia was focused and could stay on task, so she took advantage of an internship opportunity at Lorinda’s Salon & Spa. Lucia was able to complete 10% of her cosmetology school while working on live models and receiving advanced training. Lucia said, she would recommend that all students entering into the EvCC cosmetology program take advantage of the internship opportunity. The internship helped build her confidence in haircutting, haircoloring and customer service skills. Lucia graduated from Everett Community College Cosmetology program in January 2004 and was employed at Lorinda’s Salon & Spa. She loved working at Lorinda’s especially because of the advanced education that the salon provided. Lucia was able to go to New York City for a week of free education with Bumble & Bumble to learn the latest trends in the hair industry. Lucia left Lorinda’s Salon & Spa in October 2007 to start a family. She is currently working at Sophisticut Hair Salon in Marysville where she is close to home. She provides all of the salon services to her customers.