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Graduate Performs ‘Man Makeover’ on Twin Cities Live

“Want it more than you’re afraid of it”, is one of Holly Kleshold’s, graduate from Minnesota School of Cosmetology, favorite quotes and something she reminds herself of every day. Holly’s journey started seven years ago when she decided to enroll at Minnesota School of Cosmetology. Little did she know, that was probably the best decision she ever made, according to Holly. “I enjoyed my time at Minnesota School of Cosmetology, I was in the evening program, as I worked full-time during the day. That was the first thing that prepared me for the real world,” said Holly. “I also had to work two jobs my first year in the industry.” She
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MSC Grad Places Third in Junior Style Star Competition

Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) graduate, Mukhayyo (Maya) Tursunova placed third at the Junior Style Stars National Hair Competition in the High-Fashion Updo division. “We are so proud of Maya!” said Jill Hocking, MSC campus director. “She is a very talented hairstylist and we knew she would thrive in this competition.” A mannequin was shipped to each competitors school and under strict instructor supervision the competitors had to style their mannequin with a high-fashion updo. Once complete, the competitors were required to submit 5 photos to Junior Style Stars to be judged:  One front (with competition number showing), one back, one left side, one right side and Signature photo. (See photo) About Junior Style Stars:
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Alumni Spotlight: ‘Support and Education at MSC Led to Success’

When Betsy Schafer was looking for a cosmetology school, she said the friendly and welcoming environment was one of the reasons why she chose to attend Minnesota School of Cosmetology. “Talking with the instructors, I was able to see that they were there for the students. The cost of the program, as well as what that consisted of, were also reasons why I chose MSC,” Betsy said. Now more than eight years after graduation, she says the instructors still know her name. Betsy landed a job at Moxie Hair Salon in St. Paul just a few months after she graduated and is currently working there today. Betsy has transitioned to
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MSC Graduates Share Wisdom with Current Students

Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) – Woodbury alumni recently spoke with the current student body at the annual MSC Alumni Panel. The graduation years of the members of the panel ranged from 2008-2016. Our amazing graduates represented a wide variety of salons from all over the Twin Cities area such as La Grande Beauty Spa, Ficocello’s Hair Salon, Cole’s Salon, Sephora, Simonson’s Salon and Spa, Moxie Salon, and European Wax Center. Two of our graduates have recently made their lifetime dreams come true and opened their own salons! Rachel Lentz opened Man Cave Precision Hair in Stillwater and Kerri Wildes is the Co-owner of Alabaster to Onyx Salon in Minneapolis.
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Where are they now? 9 Questions for MSC Graduate Ashleigh Carberry

Minnesota School of Cosmetology’s (MSC) primary mission is to produce employable graduates into the cosmetology industry. Since we are a career college, our number one goal is for all graduates to be successful in their field! We were happy to interview our MSC-Plymouth alumni Ashleigh Carberry who graduated in 2015. We love hearing graduate success stories! What was your career path before graduating from Minnesota School of Cosmetology? My career path before graduating from Minnesota School of Cosmetology was working 12 years in the fast food industry at Arby’s. Why did you choose to attend MSC? I choose to attend MSC because I loved the atmosphere. When I walked in,
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For Minnesota School of Cosmetology Graduate, Beauty is More Than Skin Deep – It’s in Her Blood

You could say cosmetology runs in Kennidi Schultz’s family. Growing up, her mom would take Kennidi to the salon owned by her grandma, where she would watch all the stylists and do little chores for them. Then, when Kennidi’s parents bought Salon Ultimo in Woodbury, Minn., she worked there as a receptionist. Kennidi always knew she wanted to be the one doing hair, so she enrolled at Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) right after she graduated high school. “Ms. Donna [Dungy] caught my attention,” explains Kennidi on why she chose MSC over other cosmetology schools. “She has so much passion and love, and that really stuck in my mind.” Kennidi
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Where are they now? 8 Questions for MSC Graduate Miranda Hills

Minnesota School of Cosmetology’s (MSC) primary mission is to produce employable graduates for the cosmetology industry. Since we are a career college, our number one goal is for all graduates to be successful in their field! We were happy to interview our MSC-Plymouth alumna Miranda Hills who graduated in 2013. We love hearing graduate success stories! 1. What was your career path before graduating from Minnesota School of Cosmetology? Before attending MSC, I worked from home as a graphic designer. I always had a passion for the beauty industry but wasn’t able to commit to the time requirement with my children at home with me. Once they started school, I
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Graduate Turned Salon Manager Says She Wouldn’t Be Where She Is without Minnesota School of Cosmetology

When Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) alumna Leniesa Williams learned how to round-brush hair when she first started at MSC, she says she didn’t like it and thought she wasn’t good at it. Now, she is the salon manager at Blast Blow Dry Bar in downtown Minneapolis and is using the skills she learned on a daily basis. “I do hair, makeup and waxing. I have request clients every day, and I love doing what I do,” says Leniesa. Leniesa still speaks to her instructors who helped her realize her full potential in the cosmetology industry. “I loved the instructors. [They] really cared whether or not I knew the material
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MSC Alumna Hired Before She Graduated, Thanks to Hands-On Training

Vyset Koumalasy is a nail technician at A La Mode Boutique and Nail Spa in Edina, Minn., a position she landed before she graduated from Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC). “The program (at Minnesota School of Cosmetology) definitely prepared me for this career. It’s very hands-on,” Vyset explains. Students at MSC learn to perfect hair, nail and skin care techniques through both theory and lab, and clinical hours. Vyset enjoyed the immediate hands-on experience she got working on manikins and fellow classmates, and eventually clients. Vyset originally chose to attend the MSC campus in Plymouth, Minn., because it was brand new, but her instructors were far from beginners in the
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Where Are They Now? 9 Questions for MSC Graduate Jennifer Hawes

Minnesota School of Cosmetology’s (MSC) primary mission is to produce employable graduates into the cosmetology industry. Since we are a career college, our number one goal is for all graduates to be successful in their field! We were happy to interview our MSC-Plymouth alumna Jennifer Hawes who graduated in 2014. We love hearing graduate success stories!  What are you up to now? I had three job offers when I graduated, and I am currently working at two of them! One full-service Aveda salon, and one upscale nail salon. The people, new friends and the money are awesome! What was your career path before graduating from Minnesota School of Cosmetology? Before
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