Barbering and Cosmetology 2022 graduates celebrated – Picayune Item

POPLARVILLE, Miss. — A standing room only Graduation was held Friday inside Pearl River Community College’s Malone Chapel for students who completed the barber and cosmetology programs. The room was filled with many family members and friends who came to celebrate their accomplishments.

Attendees were welcomed by Senior Vice President for Education/Provost, Dr. Martha Smith.

“From now on, your success is determined by the effort you put into what you do,” Smith said. “Never stop learning; attend conferences and learn new skills.

“Remember what you learned on the Wildcat Way: pride, respect, class and character. It’s the foundation of who we are here at Pearl River.

Tiffiany Perry, owner of Hairitage salon in Picayune, was the designated speaker for the graduation ceremony. She shared both her connection to cosmetology instructor Michelle Patterson, who worked at her company for several years in the 1990s, and advice for graduates.

“Graduating from the program here is the single most important thing you could have done to change your life,” Perry said. “There is something special about the customer sitting in your chair. You become the person they trust and someone you can build a relationship with.

She also cautioned against letting the pursuit of income consume their lives. “You can make thousands of dollars in a week, but it will take its toll on your body. Make your plan and your balance work with your life.

Dr. Amy Townsend, Dean of Vocational Technical Education, introduced each nominee, including their hometown, immediate work plans, and long-term goals. The certificates were given by their instructors.

Seventeen students graduated from the eleven-month training Cosmetology program. During this time, students learn the basics of hair, skin, and nails.

Sydnee Lothian is one of the graduates who has always loved taking care of hair and skin. A family member is in cosmetology, so she’s seen aspects of the career for years.

“I would love to work in a salon for a while,” Lothian said. “Eventually I want to own my own salon and focus on being a beautician and doing colored hair.”

Fourteen Graduate Students of the Year barber program, led by Barbering instructor Tyrone McLaurin. A mixture of lessons and hands-on instruction is provided with an emphasis on shaving and haircutting.

Elizabeth Amacker Pearson completed the Barbering program after first taking the cosmetology program. She had quit her job as district manager and started helping out at her husband’s establishment, Pearson’s Barber Shop.

“Working at the shop has given me a renewed sense of customer service and the sense of self-satisfaction that money can’t buy,” Pearson said. “My husband encouraged me to come to the PRCC for my studies when I was 58 years old. I didn’t have the confidence to go to college, but he and others encouraged me.

“I am going to the nursing home on Wednesday to provide services to the residents. It’s the best job I’ve ever had. »

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