It was an emotional surprise when Great Clips Franchisee Cathy Dingman announced Faith Horne as one of four 2018 $500 scholarship recipients. Horne’s family joined from the back room, surprising her and bringing tears of joy and accomplishment.
Horne began her journey at PCC in the Adult Basic Skills program with the intention of increasing her academic skills. While in the program, she was Managing Editor for the 2016 fall and 2017 spring newsletters, a Grand Marshall at PCC’s 2017 Graduation, and the recipient of the 2016-17 Adult Basic Skills Outstanding Student Award.
Currently a second year student in PCC’s Cosmetology program, Horne completed an internship at The Hair Company over the summer. Upon graduation, she hopes to continue her employment there as a full-time stylist.
Prior to the scholarship presentation, Cosmetology instructor Devon Dickerson shared a list of qualities it takes to be a great Cosmetologist, including love, self-discipline, and the tenacity to be successful.
“When you have the ability to love mankind, you have the capacity to do nice things for people you don’t even know. That is key because we have the opportunity to make other people feel happy and to feel good about themselves.”
She went on to share that having the drive to make it to the finish line will also bring success.
“With that being said, this particular student has that drive. She is dedicated to her craft and she had the tenacity to apply for this scholarship from Great Clips,” Dickerson said. “You are only going to get out of this program what you put into it and she truly worked hard to get to this point,” she went on to remind the other student.
It was then that Dingman noted that her franchise consists of 18 stores in the Triangle region and that the Great Clips Corporation donates $1,000 each year the area market. Her franchise donates an additional $1,000, allowing for four $500 scholarships to be awarded to Cosmetology students.
“We are very passionate about helping these students, just like you’re very passionate about your career,” she told the students.
Dingman, along with Brenda Hayden, Senior Manager, and Tammy Smith-Williamson, Operational Manager, presented Horne with the $500 scholarship award.
When asked about the being a recipient, Horne initially said she was shocked. When the shock wore off, she said, “I’m very happy and grateful to be chosen out of all the people who applied.”
Horne plans on using a portion of the scholarship to buy new clippers and other beauty supplies. The remaining funds will assist her with paying for the State Board exam fee.
“While at PCC I have gained a lot of knowledge and self-confidence. I feel I have grown professionally and that I’m better prepared to work with the public, which will help me build a good clientele,” remarked Horne.
When asked about advice for future Cosmetology students at PCC, Horne said, “Come to school every day and have a positive attitude as it will help you on your more difficult days.”
About PCC’s Cosmetology program:
PCC’s Cosmetology program 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 which enables 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.
This program is offered on the Person and Caswell County campuses. To learn more, visit www.piedmontcc.edu/cosmetology or contact Devon Dickerson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (336) 322-2241 (Person County Campus) or Robin McLean at email@example.com or (336) 694-8066.
Gerald Cates (grandfather), Karen Cates (grandmother), Faith Horne, Nikki Horne (mom), Matt Horne (dad), Susan Horne grandmother, and Al Horne (grandfather)
Brenda Hayden, Tammy Smith-Williamson, Cathy Dingman, Faith Horne, Devon Dickerson, PCC instructors; Deanna Ouzts, PCC instructor, and Cynthia Dixon, PCC instructor
Faith Horne and Karen Howerton, The hair Company