On the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, the Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Woodbury campus was bustling with activity. Students were arriving, instructors were getting organized and everyone was gathering for the morning meeting. This particular day was especially busy because the school was preparing for the arrival of two dozen Humboldt High School juniors and seniors.
For four years, MSC has hosted a similar event, during which they welcome a group of at-risk students to the campus and speak to them about educational requirements and career opportunities in the beauty industry.
“You need to have respect for yourself. If you don’t respect yourself, no one else around you will either,” said Donna Dungy, MSC instructor, as she addressed the girls from Humboldt. “You need to have an A and a B plan for after you graduate high school, whether that be college or career school or trade school.”
The girls are all part of mentoring program that encourages them to do well in school in order to have a successful future. They were each paired with a student from MSC, who gave them a manicure or styled their hair. They chatted about their personal lives and why the MSC students chose to enter the field of cosmetology.
Local television station KARE 11 was also there to document the day and to learn how Dungy and MSC help with the success of local high school students.
“We give these girls the opportunity to come back every year and see how our students are succeeding,” says Dungy. “They may have started out just like them, and now they’re people who these young girls can aspire to be.”
Giving back to the community is an integral part of the school’s mission. MSC is part of a network of career colleges, which incorporate career-focused education with applied learning to expose students to real-world working environments, while also providing them with opportunities to give back to their local communities.
Watch the full story that aired on KARE 11.
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