Where Are They Now? 7 Questions for MSC Graduate Dominique Beard

Written by Jeff Bishop, career services coordinator

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 Dominique Beard who graduated in 2013. We love hearing graduate success stories!

Why did you choose MSC?

I chose MSC because I liked the versatility in the program, which was something I didn’t feel like I found in other schools. The educators have a wide range of knowledge and experience, and the environment was always very welcoming. As far as scheduling goes, there were multiple options that allowed me to complete the program in a timely manner and have a life outside of school. I was able to work part time and have time to spend with friends and family.

MSC-Plymouth alumna Dominique Beard

How did your education enhance your career path or change your career path?

My education enhanced my career path by giving me a foundation as a new stylist in a modern salon. I felt that after graduating I was able to adapt to different salon settings, which helped me find the best fit for me. The leadership team gave me realistic expectations of what working in the field would be like. For example, catering to certain types of clientele, different type of employment and job opportunities, and where your career could take you over time.

What piece of advice would you give to students considering a career in cosmetology?

I would tell students to consider all of their options, and to base your decisions from things that will benefit you, and where you would like to go in your career. I would say not to just live in the now, think about where you would like to see yourself within the next couple of years and have a vision. There are so many opportunities in the beauty industry—don’t settle for anything less than what you want. MSC definitely made me feel like part of a family and they want all of their students to be and feel fully prepared when they step out into their salons.

What do you enjoy about the cosmetology industry?

As a stylist, I most enjoy getting to know my team and my guests. I draw my inspiration from people and things that surround me. I also enjoy learning things from the more experienced artists on my team. There are so many tips and tricks that you can learn from others, and it’s about finding different things and putting my own twist on them! I also love changing trends, and taking continuing education to stay current!

Where has your job taken you?

After graduating, I began working as a stylist at Juut Salonspa. In this time, I have completed the required advanced training program. Post training program, I was placed as a full-time stylist at the Juut St. Paul, one of seven locations. In my time working for this company, they have molded me into being a well-rounded stylist. They have pushed me to build a loyal clientele. I also learned to analyze different areas of my business, which has really allowed me to grow and expand out of my box. I was first introduced to this salon when I saw them at the MSC career fair. I never would have imagined myself working in an Aveda Concept Salon, but I’m grateful that my training from MSC gave me options.

What is your favorite memory of MSC?

My favorite memories from MSC were the potlucks. Whenever someone completed the program, we all got together had a big potluck! I always thought it was just so nice that we could all come together and celebrate and support each other!

What is the most valuable information you learned while you were in school?

The education at MSC is great because they strive to produce well trained students. I think the most valuable information that I took away would be handling the business side of things. Along with having great technical skills, I really appreciated learning about all the behind the scenes, such as tracking your sales, productivity, how many guests are you retaining, and what areas you are lacking in. If you ever wanted to run your own business, or manage/own a salon, these things are equally important.

Where Are They Now? 6 Questions for Tawney Gehrke

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-Woodbury alumni Tawney Gehrke who graduated in 2012. We love hearing graduate success stories!

What was your career path before graduation from Minnesota School of Cosmetology?

After high school, I was very unsure of where my career would begin. There are so many choices out there in the “real world” you want to make sure you are making the right one. I was managing a restaurant wondering if a salon job would make me the same amount of money as the restaurant did.

Why did you choose to attend MSC?

One day I came into MSC as a client for a haircolor. As I watched the girls there, I thought “this place looks so fun, upbeat, and does not feel like school!” Two weeks later I met with admissions and started my journey with MSC.

How did your education enhance or change your current career path?

My education has enhanced my career path and life in general so much. MSC taught me better customer service skills and how to make those customers feel great inside and outside. I realized that I do have a creative side—it may not be drawing or painting, but coloring hair and haircuts. My current career is moving so fast; in less than two years I was a manager in training at my salon! The doors are endless and just keep opening up for me.

What piece of advice would you give to students considering a career in cosmetology?

Keep your heads in the books and keep a smile on your face. Do not get caught up in the drama in school or in your salon. It is not worth it, and it is a complete waste of time. Have fun at what you’re doing! If you are having fun at work, it’s not really work. Push yourselves past your limits! Make new goals every day and achieve them. You will move so fast in school and your future companies! Last, don’t ever be afraid of trying new things in your field—test it all out!

What do you enjoy about the cosmetology industry?

I really enjoy the variety. I work in a company that does haircuts, perms and styles, and I love it. However, I am also going to be working part time at a salon only offering waxing. I love that I can offer so many different services. I also love meeting new people every day and hearing their stories. I have built a huge clientele in my salon; I love seeing them every three to four weeks.

How has your education at MSC impacted your professional life?

My education has impacted everything in my professional life. When people ask me what I do for a living and I tell them cosmetology, they stop and ask me a million questions. The cool thing is that I can actually give them honest answers. I have grown to be a successful person I never thought I could ever be. As the instructors taught in school, I always look professional and have a strong confidence in educating my clients on products that can enhance their hair and skin.

Minnesota School of Cosmetology Campus Director Throws Out First Pitch at Saint Paul Saints Game

Jill Hocking, after throwing out the first pitch with her official Saints baseball.
Jill Hocking, after throwing out the first pitch with her official Saints baseball.

The sun was shining, brats were on the grill and hundreds of fans were ready to cheer on their local baseball team at Midway Stadium on Sunday, June 22, 2014. As part of Globe University and Minnesota School of Business’ Family & Fun Nights with the Saint Paul Saints, Jill Hocking, campus director for Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Woodbury, had the opportunity to represent Globe Education Network and throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

The Saints are known for their entertaining, fan-involved game experience, and Jill had the honor of kicking off all the fun.

“I practiced a little this morning, so I think I’m ready!” Jill said when asked if she was nervous.

With an official Saints baseball in hand, Jill wound up and threw it to the catcher at home plate as the crowd cheered her on. Now it was time to play ball!

Jill, her family and the rest of the fans enjoyed a great game that afternoon. The Saints ended up losing to the Rockland Boulders 4-3, but it was a fun and exciting day for everyone at the field. Other Globe University and Minnesota School of Business designated Family & Fun Nights are Saturday July 12, Saturday Aug. 2, Sunday Aug. 10 and Sunday Aug. 17.

Minnesota School of Cosmetology Students Prepare for Their Careers by Participating in Front Desk Training

Written by Jolene Forsberg, front desk manager

Student Daijha W. displays her Certificate of Achievement for earned proficiency in customer service and Millennium Salon Software operations.
While attending the Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC), students are given the opportunity to learn and operate the Millennium scheduling software, gain customer service skills, and learn the importance of professionalism.

“The front desk training has helped me learn to multitask and remain calm when things get stressful,” says MSC student Nancy Janson. “The training has also helped me develop my leadership skills and confidence.”

MSC Student Daijha Wells said, “The most valuable thing I have learned while training at the desk is how clients respond to the way you present yourself and the importance of professionalism. My favorite part of being at the desk is greeting clients and seeing happy results at the end of their services.”

Students work with the desk staff to complete a two and a half page list of quotas and training tasks.

“The quota training list that we follow keeps the learning easy and on track. We learn everything we need to know to be prepared for this portion of our career,” said MSC student Pordea Carpenter

MSC students Tiffani R., Nancy J., Pordea C. and Daijha W.
Students learn how to answer phones, greet clients, schedule appointments, complete transactions, and most importantly, gain customer service skills.

MSC student Tiffani Rhodes said, “I have gained confidence and learned communication techniques through this training. These skills will help me succeed once I am in the salon. I feel the front desk training that MSC provides will present me with more opportunities once I’m in the salon, and could possibly lead to a management position or a promotion within my career.”