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 was able to pursue my own aspirations and communicate in person with people other than kids.

2. Why did you choose to attend MSC?

I loved the aspect that MSC was a new school and in the suburbs where I felt comfortable. I didn’t even consider other schools after my initial visit at MSC. The flexibility of schedules and fast track to finish in under a year was such a great feature.

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

The education that I received at MSC was something I don’t think I could have received anywhere else. There were always opportunities to learn advanced techniques, specialty classes, and the instructors were always willing to help you learn the latest trends. If you wanted to learn something specific, they found a way to bring you the information or training. I love diversity and a challenge, so I knew right away that I didn’t want to do anything simple. As cosmetologists, there are many options available to be successful, I love that so many opportunities were given to us at MSC.

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

I would say, jump in and learn everything you can during the time you are in school. The opportunities are endless so enjoy the year you are there because it goes fast. The industry can be a lot of fun so learn how to do everything really well.

5. What do you enjoy about the cosmetology industry?

I love how unique the cosmetology industry can be! The trends are always changing so there is always something new to learn. The best part about the cosmetology industry is the positive impact you can make on someone.

6. Where has your job taken you?

After graduating, I went on to receive advanced training for eyelash extensions and hair extensions. I fell in love with eyelash extensions! In my opinion, there isn’t any job or service that can change someone’s appearance as fast as eyelash extensions. I have one of the coolest jobs out there. My clientele grew so fast that I was able to open my own storefront salon, Flair, in Minnetonka in under a year from graduating.

7. How has your education at MSC impacted your professional life?

The education that I received from MSC is indescribable.  he techniques and attention I was given to achieve success in all aspects of the beauty industry will never be forgotten. I feel confident in performing specialized techniques because of the instructors at MSC.

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

MSC focused on more than the general practice of cosmetology. They made an effort everyday to teach above and beyond to create the best cosmetologists they could. I consider everything I was taught at MSC to be valuable information.  Formulating color, safety and sanitation, laws and rules, product knowledge, customer retention, sales, customer service, management and numerous other practices that continue to help me in running my own salon.

Minnesota School of Cosmetology Represented at State Capitol

By: Jill Hocking

On Tuesday, March 10, 2015, Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) students, campus director Jill Hocking and instructor Donna Dungy represented MSC at the State Capitol in regard to the S.F. No. 223 (Champion) cosmetology apprentice program. S.F. No. 223 (Champion) cosmetology apprentice program is a bill for an act proposing the right to qualify for state licensure to become a cosmetologist simply by completing an apprenticeship program consisting of approximately 3,000 hours of training in a salon setting under a licensed cosmetologist, rather than attending an educational institution.

“Preparing for the session was very educational, but the knowledge the students and I gained once we entered the legislation session was priceless,” said Dungy.


The opposing views from those who represented MSC are quite similar across the board. The most popular view is simple: It takes a special person to be an educator and to teach cosmetology skills. A cosmetology education embraces much more than simply learning how to cut hair. There’s esthiology, nail technology, chemical relaxing, state laws and rules, and the biggest concern, safety and sanitation practices to keep the general public safe.

MSC student Hannah Parks passionately stated, “We get excellent education at Minnesota School of Cosmetology; you’re only as good as your teacher. You cannot learn everything about cosmetology from one or two individuals. At MSC, we have 12 instructors who are well-educated in all areas, but each one specializes in a specific area such as chemical relaxers, nail technology, skin care, hair color and haircutting.”

In an educational institution, students learn from multiple cosmetology specialists who are trained instructors. These educators are required to have continuing education credit hours annually and are overseen by an accreditation body which governs the school. The amount of infectious control information that students are required to learn is astonishing. The added requirements, and checks and balances at a school ensure cosmetologists are receiving the proper training and knowledge to learn cosmetology techniques but, most importantly, skills to keep the public safe.

S.F. No. 223 (Champion) was heard by the Senate State and Local Government Committee for consideration and advancement. After 45 minutes of testimony and discussion, the end result was to “lay the bill over” for possible consideration in the future.  The bill did not advance at this time, however, this will most likely be brought up again in the 2016 legislative session, so we will need to remain attentive. Your continued support is very important and much appreciated.

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 … and whether I got a job when I was finished with school,” she explains.

Leniesa didn’t just land a job when she was finished with her program, but she was hired by Blast Blow Dry Bar before she graduated. She says MSC’s career services department was there every step of the way – from setting up career fairs to helping her with her resume.

“I was at school during a career fair, and there was Blast [Blow Dry Bar],” Leniesa says. “I sent them my resume and had a technical and interview within a few days.”

A television commercial and its convenient location were what first piqued Leniesa’s interest in MSC, but after taking a tour of the Woodbury campus, she quickly realized that MSC was different than other schools.

“Everyone seemed to be happy and liking what they were doing,” she says. “Everyone seemed nice, and it was clean.”

Now that she’s graduated, Leniesa has noticed other differences in the quality of education MSC provides to students.

“Being in this industry, I have worked with people from different schools, and I have learned that MSC teaches their students more than other schools,” explains Leniesa. “They have the best instructors, and they teach you everything you need and want to know.”

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MSC Cosmetologists Working the Runway: REVEL 2015 Fashion Show

Up-and-coming apparel designers showed off their fashion designs at University of Minnesota REVEL 2015 Fashion Show while our up-and-coming Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) cosmetology students exhibited their hair and makeup talents.

Kate Lerette, style reporter for Minnesota Monthly, said “through a variety of avenues and vast array of interests, it was a one-of-a-kind fashion show filled with innovation, talent, and dedication.”

We are very proud of the MSC students that volunteered to do hair and makeup for the fashion show models. Working under pressure backstage is never easy, but our student stylists managed with the greatest of ease and determination. Many beautiful hair and makeup styles were created to enhance the fashion designers’ vision, therefore crafting a show that exhibited a high level of professionalism and excellence.

MSC student Miranda applies makeup on a model

MSC student Julius creates a lovely hairstyle for a model

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 field. Not only did her instructors teach Vyset the techniques she needed to know for her career, but they helped her find her job.

“My instructors were awesome,” says Vyset. “[They] got to know you as a person. They figured out what your goals were.”

Vyset says she still keeps in touch with some of her instructors who helped her every step of the way while she was attending MSC, as well as after graduation, something she says she never thought she would find in a school.

“My overall experience was very exciting with MSC,” says Vyset. “Once you’re done … you have so many different fields you can go into with a cosmetology license.”

The cosmetology field is perfect for Vyset because she loves people, and she absolutely recommends MSC to anyone who has a passion for cosmetology like she does.

“It’s worth it,” she says.

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