VGCC Cosmetology Grad Finds Training Helped Significantly in Career, Licensure
For Julie Humphries of Henderson, Vance-Granville Community College’s Cosmetology program provided the hands-on experience she needed to land a great job as a hair stylist at a local salon.
Humphries completed the certificate program in Cosmetology from VGCC in August and is now employed as a hair stylist at Shear Magic on Dabney Drive. She recently passed the state boards and earned her state license.
Humphries said she has been interested in cosmetology since her high school days, and she cut and styled the hair of some of her friends. But she credits Vance-Granville Community College with giving her the training to succeed in her craft so rapidly.
“I loved the training I received at Vance-Granville,” Humphries said. “The instructors were really good, and they made learning fun.”
One aspect of the Vance-Granville training that Humphries found especially helpful in her current job was the practical experience she received working on customers from the public.
“I really liked working on the variety of customers who came in from the public and were willing to let the students serve them,” Humphries said. “In addition to the practical experience, we learned a lot about pleasing the customers and filling their needs and wishes.”
“Julie Humphries was an excellent student, and she is typical of the many dedicated students we have in the Cosmetology program,” said Paula Askew, program head of Cosmetology at Vance-Granville. “The more experience Julie and the other students receive during their training, the more prepared they are to go out and be successful hair stylists. That is why we need people from the public to take advantage of this program,” she added.
Vance-Granville offers a full array of cosmetology services to the public at all four of its campuses – in Vance, Granville, Franklin and Warren counties — each Monday through Thursday morning. Customers can get shampoos and sets, haircuts, permanents, hair coloring, braids, and even facials and nail services, all at reduced prices and all as a part of VGCC’s educational laboratories to help students prepare for working with the public. The services are available to men, women and children.
Advanced students do all the work in the Vance-Granville Cosmetology labs, and all work is done under the supervision of experienced instructors. “Our instructors were always on hand to help and to make sure the work was done right for our customers,” Humphries said.
Julie Humphries said she is happy with the training and the experience she received at Vance-Granville that has helped her get her job at a “really good salon.”