Piedmont Community College (PCC) Career and College Promise student Brianna Wrenn earned first place in the Skills USA Hair Color Contest during the recent Leadership and Skills Conference. The 53rd annual conference was held at the Koury Convention Center and the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, NC in April.

During the event, over 1,800 North Carolina high school and postsecondary students competed in over 120 hands-on trade, technical and leadership contests. These contests span more than 95 trade areas, including construction, automotive, public safety, and cosmetology
Brianna Wrenn wins first place in competition at 53rd Annual SkillsUSA North Carolina Leadership and Skills Conference
Each contest is organized according to current business and industry standards and more than 100 business and industry partners support the contests by acting as judges and contributors. This is essential to the students having the most accurate real-world experience possible.

Brianna finished first in the Hair Coloring contest for high school students. She was followed by Destiny Fair (West Mecklenburg High School), and Maniya Chatman (Bladen Community College, CCP), respectively.

When asked about winning first place, Brianna said, “I felt like I did something that could lead to bigger and better things in the future. I had confidence going into the competition, and kept that confidence all the way through. Being only a teenager, and competing against people from different areas and schools, not knowing what they were bringing to the table made me nervous; having my mom there inspired me to show her what I can do if I put my mind to it. My mom is my number one supporter, and I’m thankful I got the chance to show her what I can do. Winning first place made me feel that I could do anything I put my mind to.”

“Brianna displays integrity, enthusiasm, and is a hard worker, shared PCC Cosmetology instructor Iris Hester. “She is a student who is motivated and determine to excel in whatever she puts her mind to do!”

Brianna has also been recognized as a Career and College Promise (CCP) Bright Star during PCC’s Honors Convocation in 2017 and 2018. “She has been my student since 2016 and has maintained an A average throughout the program in theory and practicum components of the cosmetology program,” Hester continued. “[This award demonstrates] academic excellence, teamwork, honesty, and perseverance.”

PCC’s Career and College Promise program allows students to enroll in college courses in either a transfer or technical education pathway at no cost. Cosmetology is one of several technical programs that offer students hands-on training to prepare them for work after graduation. More information available at www.piedmontcc.edu/ccp.

Robin McLean, PCC’s Cosmetology Program Advisor in Caswell County, reminds students that they must be a member of SkillsUSA to compete. “Brianna is a Career and College Promise Cosmetology student who is also a member of SkillsUSA. Brianna is a natural leader that has unique and creative ideas and a passion for hair color. Her determination and hard work has motivated other CCP cosmetology students to become members of SkillsUSA and get involved in next year’s competitions. We are all excited because we have some talented, bright, and artistic students in our cosmetology programs here at PCC.”

About SkillsUSA:
SkillsUSA (formerly known as Vocational Industrial Clubs of America) is a national, non-profit, career and technical student organization with over 300,000 members nationwide. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure that America has a skilled work force. The organization provides opportunities for career and technical education students to enhance their technical skills through competitive events and to prepare for leadership in the world of work through the development of workplace, personal, and technical skills. See full competition results at http://www.skillsusanc.org/state-conference.

About Piedmont Community College’s Cosmetology program:
This curriculum is designed to provide competency-based knowledge, scientific/artistic principles, and hands-on fundamentals associated with the cosmetology industry. The curriculum provides a simulated salon environment, enabling students to develop manipulative skills.

Course work includes instruction in all phases of professional imaging, hair design, chemical processes, skin care, nail care, multi-cultural practices, business/computer principles, product knowledge, and other selected topics.

Classes are offered on PCC’s Caswell and Person County Campuses To learn more,
Robin McLean at (336) 694-8066 or robin.mclean@piedmontcc.edu (Caswell County) or contact Devon Dickerson at (336) 322-2241 or devon.dickerson@piedmontcc.edu (Person County) or visit www.piedmontcc.edu/cosmo.

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