ON THE CUT­TING EDGE

Stu­dent-run cos­me­tol­ogy opens at Al­pha Park

The News Herald (Willoughby, OH) - - Front Page - By Adam Dodd adodd@news-her­ald.com @the­re­al­adamdodd on twit­ter

The Al­pha Park sec­tion of High­land Heights is cur­rently en­joy­ing a makeover thanks to the re­cent ad­di­tion of May­field Ex­cel TECC Cos­me­tol­ogy pro­gram.

Branching out from the pro­gram’s orig­i­nal home at May­field High School, the new store­front lo­ca­tion al­lows stu­dents the re­al­life cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence crit­i­cal to their trade.

With the es­tab­lish­ment func­tion­ing as a real-time class­room for the aspir­ing tech­ni­cians, cus­tomers can re­ceive salon ser­vices, in­clud­ing, hair­cuts, col­or­ing, man­i­cures, pedi­cures, fa­cials, and eye­brow arch­ing at a lesser price.

“It’s added a layer of pro­fes­sion­al­ism that we didn’t an­tic­i­pate to this ex­tent,” Ex­cel TECC Di­rec­tor Nate Bishko said. “It’s about busi­ness when you get here. You raise the ex­pec­ta­tions and stu­dents will meet the bar wher­ever you put it.”

“It’s all new equip­ment, which is awe­some for the kids,” ex­plained cos­me­tol­ogy in­struc­tor Maryanne Hum­mell. “We now have two pedicure baths, so now we can of­fer the same spa pedi­cures that salons would. The fa­cial room can now ac­com­mo­date

sev­eral peo­ple. It’s just a whole salon ex­pe­ri­ence,”

More than just the in­struc­tors are ex­cited. May­field High School se­nior Sa­man­tha Ryan plans on pur­su­ing cos­me­tol­ogy af­ter grad­u­at­ing.

She un­der­scored the ap­peal of the new lo­cale while curl­ing a client’s hair.

“I like that it’s com­mu­nity friendly,” she said. “In­stead of just be­ing in school, we get out more. There’s more of a busi­ness feel­ing to it.”

An­other stu­dent, Justin School, echoed those sen­ti­ments.

“There’s a lot newer equip­ment and we’re more spread out be­tween sta­tions with more room to work.”

Work­ing to­ward bar­ber school, Justin high­lighted the pro­gram’s ben­e­fits.

“This is a great step­ping stone that will help you get to where want to go,” he said. “This is many times cheaper than go­ing to cos­me­tol­ogy school out­side of the Ex­cel TECC pro­gram. I’ll take this any day.”

It wasn’t only stu­dents and fac­ulty prais­ing the pro­gram. Many of the pa­trons have been com­ing to the Ex­cel TECC pro­gram for years, thanks to both its af­ford­abil­ity and qual­ity of care.

“I’ve been com­ing since 2002,” said lo­cal res­i­dent and for­mer May­field High grad­u­ate Marge Potelicki while she was get­ting her hair done.

“Not only are the stu­dents po­lite and ef­fi­cient, the teach­ers are too. I feel that when I first came the teach­ers were so wel­com­ing that I thought, ‘wow, what a nice start.’”

Since then, Potelicki has struck a rap­port with the stu­dents.

“We talk, they tell me about their stud­ies and boyfriends,” she said. “I like com­ing here. The price helps se­nior cit­i­zens a lot.”

The fa­cil­ity, lo­cated in 215 Al­pha Park Drive, is open to the com­mu­nity Wed­nes­days, Thurs­days and Fri­days, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

ADAM DODD — THE NEWS-HER­ALD

A stu­dent trains on a man­nequin head be­fore her client’s ap­point­ment at the May­field Ex­cel TECC Cos­me­tol­ogy pro­gram.

ADAM DODD — THE NEWS-HER­ALD

In­struc­tor Maryanne Hum­mell teaches one of her stu­dents some finer points at the May­field Ex­cel TECC Cos­me­tol­ogy pro­gram.

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