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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