HAYWOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE

185 FREEDLANDER DRIVE

CLYDE, NORTH CAROLINA 28721

CONTACT: DEBBIE DAVIS

DIANA CONARD

PHONE: 627-4521

DATE: 02-24-04

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HCC’s DUAL ENROLLMENT COSMETOLOGY PROGRAM PROVING TO BE SUCCESSFUL OPTION FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Haywood Community College’s Dual Enrollment Cosmetology program is in the middle of its first year and is proving to be a very successful option for high school students.

The Dual Enrollment program allows high school students 16 years of age or older to take college level courses. College credit will be awarded to students upon successful completion of the courses.

"These students are having a good time learning," instructor Tammy Solesbee says. "They are being exposed to where all this program can take them. They are only limited by their imagination and drive."

Solesbee’s students competed in the Regional Competition held on the campus of HCC on March 1. Three dual enrollment students placed in the top three spots of several categories. Amy Marlor, HCC dual enrollment student, was named the overall student winner of the competition.

Marlor says she has always been interested in cosmetology. "I love the program at HCC," she says. "It has taught me a lot, including how to communicate better with people."

Marlor plans to continue the program at HCC after high school and pursue an associate degree. "I hope to one day own my own salon."

High school students can complete half of the requirements for a cosmetology diploma or associate degree during their junior and senior years. Upon graduation from high school, students can obtain an associate degree in cosmetology in two semesters. They spend 20 hours per week on the HCC campus, from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The HCC cosmetology program is comprehensive, covering all areas of advanced training in hair color and design, skin care, and nail technology. As one of the first community colleges to offer the associate degree in cosmetology, HCC prepares students to operate their own business through the REAL program (Rural Entrepreneurship Through Actual Learning).

Solesbee took the students to salons during their first semester so they could see what they’re learning in action. According to Solesbee, the dual enrollment students are exposed in their first year to everything they would do on the salon floor, from coloring to design. After the first year and 300 hours, they can actually work on the floor.

Solesbee says she understands the high standards her students are facing through the program because she is a graduate of HCC’s cosmetology program. She was in the first graduating class in 1987 through the college’s associate degree in cosmetology program.

In addition, she works at a salon in Asheville, bringing real-life experience to her students.

"This is a great opportunity for high school students," Solesbee explains. "They are exempt from tuition and only pay the cost of textbooks and supplies."

Interested students should contact their high school guidance counselors or HCC Student Services at 627-4500.

(Cutline:) Three students from Pisgah High School are shown on the HCC campus participating in the dual enrollment cosmetology program. Left to right: Christa Blake, Maggie Griffith, and Amy Marlor are applying the skills and techniques they learned in class on mannequins.

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