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Ms. Jeannine Hinton Scholarship Recipient: Christine Pommerening

Minnesota School of Cosmetology is pleased to announce Christine Pommerening with the Ms. Jeannine Hinton Scholarship. Christine has always been intrigued by makeup and hair since she was young. Her baby dolls and Barbies were her first clients. When her grandmother gave her money for Christmas she spent it on an industry standard cosmetology doll where she practiced her skills and updo’s from YouTube Tutorials. “It has always been a dream of mine to learn all the skills needed to do many more hairstyles, haircuts, color, and makeup techniques at a cosmetology school,” said Christine. “I have had to pinch myself to be sure that going to Minnesota School of
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First Miss Jeanine Hinton Scholarship Awarded to MSC Woodbury Student

Minnesota School of Cosmetology in Woodbury is pleased to announce our very first winner of the Jeanine Hinton Scholarship! Congratulations to Brittany Thomas! Brittany will be a day cosmetology student starting August 8, 2016. Brittany will be receiving $1,000 from the Jeanine Hinton Scholarship Foundation. Minnesota School of Cosmetology is matching the scholarship for a total of $2,000. All funds cover educational expenses or will be used to reduce the student’s loans. Miss Jeanine Hinton was a Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Woodbury Basic’s instructor for 22 years.  She devoted 22 years of her life to teaching, mentoring and coaching Minnesota School of Cosmetology students, not only technical skills but also life
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MSC Students Treat Adults with Disabilities to a Day of Beauty

Recently, 10 students at Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) in Woodbury enjoyed doing haircuts, hairstyles, and manicures for a group of adults with disabilities. The clients are part of BRIDGE, a non-profit organization in Hudson, Wisconsin providing community-based life skills training, employment services and social and recreational programs for youth and adults with disabilities. MSC Student Erin Riley was very touched by the kindness and appreciation her client showed while having her service done. Erin said it made her week to pamper such a sweet and considerate lady who rarely gets pampered at a salon. Jill Hilliard, a volunteer at BRIDGE who helped organize the day of beauty, was overjoyed by
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MSC Student Wins Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship

Each year, the Minneapolis based Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship Foundation awards 25 students across the United States $1,200 scholarships toward tuition for cosmetology education. One of our Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Woodbury students, Faith Hilliard, was one of the 25 students who was awarded this amazing scholarship. Faith said she applied for the scholarship because she needed financial help with school and the Joe Francis Foundation stood out to her.  In her essay, she stated, “I have the ability to endure and stay motivated because of everything that has happened to me in my life so far; if I can overcome that I can do anything I dream of!” When Faith
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MSC Students Show Off Their Work at Fall 2015 Fashion Show

Minnesota School of Cosmetology hosted their 2nd annual Fall Fashion Show.  This year’s theme was Seasons. We set our fashion shows up as a reverse career fair.  Allowing for our students to create inspiration boards with their before and after photos as well as what inspired their overall look.  We encourage our students to have resumes available to hand out to the industry professionals that would be attending the show. After the show we gave the Salons and Industry Professionals the opportunity to meet our students and talk with them about how they completed their looks and their career aspirations. We had our students choose the groups they worked with, as well
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MSC Student Awarded TwinWest Foundation Career Path Scholarship

“Don’t wait on your dreams. Just do it!” That is the advice from Minnesota School of Cosmetology student, Kaboa Yang. She is one of 24 adult learners awarded the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce’s Career Path Scholarship during a luncheon on October 6, 2015. The scholarship rewards adult learners who are pursuing career education, particularly those seeking vocational or technical skills. The scholarship creates a win-win situation by helping those who are motivated and passionate achieve the training they need, which in turn helps boost the skilled workforce for local companies. Kaboa definitely has the motivation and passion. In fact, she has known since middle school that she wanted to pursue
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MSC Student Gives Michele Bachmann a New Style and New Look!

Written by Jill Hocking, Campus Director Michele Bachmann, former politician and member of the U.S. House of Representatives, visited Minnesota School of Cosmetology this week and left with a whole new look and a very big smile! Ms. Bachmann, who represented Minnesota’s 6th congressional district from 2007-2015, has been visiting Minnesota School of Cosmetology in Woodbury for five years.  She is one of our regular clients who continues to give back to higher education and student learning. At Minnesota School of Cosmetology our students study the art of hair, skin and nails for 10-12 months to gain the requirements necessary to become a licensed cosmetologist.  One of the requirements is to perform
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Minnesota School of Cosmetology Student Serves as Inspiration to Others

Many Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) students lead busy lives, but Rachelle (Shelly) Blackstone stands out. Not only does she attend school full time, but she has recently branded her own makeup line and opened her own salon, all on top of being a mom. Before deciding to pursue her passion for cosmetology, Shelly earned an associate degree at a community college and worked in the medical field for six years. “I knew [hair and makeup] was always what I wanted to do,” says Shelly. “I was almost 30 and decided to drop my full-time career with benefits, move back home with my mom and sell my car to go
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Minnesota School of Cosmetology Student Finds Inspiration in Her Instructors

Minnesota School of Cosmetology student Jennifer Hawes is a mother of four kids, who says she’s finally found something she’s good at – and a career path she loves. “I am definitely passionate about hair and nails and being the best in my field,” says Jennifer. “Sometimes, I feel like I eat, sleep and breathe cosmetology.” Jennifer says she likes the environment at Minnesota School of Cosmetology and that the instructors have helped her achieve her goals. “I wouldn’t be where I am without [our instructors],” she says. “They make coming to school fun and easy, and they are so knowledgeable. They inspire me every day and push me to
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Minnesota School of Cosmetology Student Gets Hands-On Experience in Career Field She Loves

Heather Melton always knew she wanted to be a cosmetologist. As a student at Minnesota School of Cosmetology, she enjoys the daily interaction with clients. “I’ve been interested in the beauty industry since I was a small child,” says Heather. “My passion is to do hair and make people feel wonderful.” The experience she gets from working with real clients and practicing the skills she learns in the classroom is something Heather appreciates about MSC. “Minnesota School of Cosmetology is hands-on right away, so instead of just learning from the book, I get to do everything right off the bat,” Heather says. That hands-on experience is what Heather says has
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