Real-Life Experiences for FTC Cosmetology Students

FTC Pembroke Pines Beauty Salon Gives Cosmetology Students Real-Life Experiences

Real-Life experiences for FTC Cosmetology Students

Even before obtaining her diploma in Barbering at Florida Technical College, Stephanie Castellon, a 31-year old from Costa Rica, is already making people feel beautiful and better about themselves. Her school has a beauty salon where she can practice what she has learned in the classroom on real clients under the supervision of a licensed professional.

“A good haircut can make people feel better about themselves,” Castellon said.  “To be able to pursue my goal to be a stylist while also helping people is a fantastic opportunity that FTC has afforded me. I love seeing the look on people’s faces when we’re done styling them. They feel empowered, stronger, and better about themselves.”

Florida Technical College barbering and cosmetology students provide services at a low cost at the professional beauty salon. The hands-on learning experience is an important building block in their training.

“We get real-life experience with real customers,” Castellon said. “We are given a chance to put into practice what we’re learning while building a clientele and having the whole salon experience.”

In addition to serving the community at large, the school has teamed up with nonprofit organizations to offer services at no cost. It also offers specially discounted prices to senior citizens, veterans, and first responders.

“Students provide families, low-income individuals, the elderly, and anyone who comes through our doors with excellent services for their hair care needs at a very affordable price,” said Muriel Gutierrez, Executive Director of FTC Pembroke Pines campus. “Additionally, we are working with several nonprofits, like Job Corps of South Florida, giving free services to their clients. It’s a great experience for our students, but also immensely gratifying for them as members of this community.”

Students who enroll in the Barbering diploma program learn various techniques in hairstyling, coloring, and face shaving. Those in the Cosmetology program learn makeup, hair cutting, coloring, management, and salon design. Having the ability to practice what they are learning in a real salon while studying is an asset for students and keeps them excited throughout their journey.

FTC cosmetology students

The newly minted beauty salon is open Monday–Thursday, from 11 a.m.–2 p.m., and 3 p.m.–6 p.m.  Clients will receive services in a facility with 30 workstations.

If you want to join the beauty industry, get the kind of professional training that will take your skills to the next level and help you land your first real job in hair, makeup, or skincare. You can enroll in Cosmetology at three of FTC’s locations: DeLand, Kissimmee, and Pembroke Pines. FTC makes it easy for working adults to go back to school by offering flexible schedules. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

If a beauty career is your dream, now is a great time to start making it a reality. Contact FTC today and be on your way to a better future.

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