Pinning ceremony celebrates Stanly Community College cosmetology students

Published 2:28 pm Thursday, July 20, 2023

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Stanly Community College recently celebrated a milestone in the journeys of eight cosmetology students with a pinning ceremony. This event commemorated the successful completion of 1,500 contact hours, marking their entry into the professional beauty industry.

The pinning ceremony, at the Morton-Moffitt Cosmetology Center (MMCC) on the Albemarle campus, brought together faculty, staff, family members and friends to honor the work of the students throughout their cosmetology education.

Over the course of their training, these aspiring beauty professionals have undergone an intensive curriculum, gaining hands-on experience and theoretical knowledge in various aspects of cosmetology, including professional imaging, hair design, chemical processes, skin care, nail care, multicultural practices, business/computer principles and product knowledge. The guidance of instructors such as David Smith, Tammy Coble, Linda Hatley and Heather Britt have been instrumental in shaping the students’ understanding of industry best practices, cultivating their creativity and fostering a strong work ethic.

During the pinning ceremony, each student was presented with a symbolic pin that signified their official induction into the world of cosmetology and their readiness to serve clients with professionalism and skill.

Instructor Tammy Coble pins Nerissa Miller signifying her induction into the world of cosmetology. (Contributed)

“We are incredibly proud of these students for their commitment and perseverance throughout their education,” said Smith, program head of cosmetology technology. “We cannot wait to see them prosper in their careers.”

On average, SCC prepares 60-70 students each year to take the State Board of Cosmetic Arts examination, and, upon passing, will become licensed cosmetologists in the state of North Carolina.

Smith added that high school students can enroll in tuition-free Cosmetology classes through Career and College Promise (CCP). These classes are offered on the Albemarle campus, providing an opportunity for aspiring beauty professionals to kickstart their education while still in high school.

Additionally, SCC’s Cosmetology Technology program offers salon services to the public, provided by students under the supervision of experienced SCC instructors. This provides students with real-world experience, enabling them to practice their skills in a professional setting while ensuring the highest level of quality and customer satisfaction for clients.