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PCC students participate in “Hands-on Haircutting” event with Great Clips

Published Thursday, March 29, 2018
by Elizabeth Townsend

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Piedmont Community College (PCC) Cosmetology student Faith Horne said she was “inspired and motivated to learn additional skills” during a recent one-on-one lesson with stylists from Great Clips.

Chrislynn Boten with Great Clips StylistsThe “Hands-on Haircutting” event was organized by new Cosmetology instructor, Devon Dickerson and allowed students the experience of hands-on salon training from Great Clips, haircutting leaders in the beauty industry.

“The students and staff in PCC’s Cosmetology program understand that a great haircut sets the foundation for a great hairstyle, not to mention that it generates significant revenue within the beauty industry,” Dickerson noted.

During the training students focused on tapered cuts for men, blended haircuts using the clippers and various guards, and tapering techniques using shears, transitioning from short tapers to medium lengths within a haircut.

After the event, Horne went on to say that the activity “increased my confidence and enhanced my hands-on experience with cutting hair and knowledge of clipper cutting.”

This partnership was a win-win situation, as Great Clips Representative Cathy Dingman commented, “We appreciate being able to come to your school and participate in learning with you and your students! I think everyone is richer today for having participated!Myiah Shaw learning with her instructor

PCC student Courtney Conway felt like the learning opportunity offered a great lesson and an idea about the future. “The Great Clips workshop was ideal for a student like myself,” she said. “It was very helpful that Great Clips brought along very skilled and friendly employees to walk us through the haircuts. They interacted extremely well and made the effort to get know our dreams and aspirations. Having someone skilled in the specific industry of cutting hair, opened my eyes to the opportunities that lie ahead of me upon graduation from PCC’s Cosmetology [program].”

Cynthia Dixion, an instructor in PCC’s Cosmetology program felt like the event offered more than haircutting experience. “Talking with experienced stylists about the beauty industry gave [PCC students] a real life picture of what to expect after graduation. It inspired them to continue to work hard and tap into their creativity.”

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.
Courtney Conway
Graduates should qualify to sit for the State Board of Cosmetic Arts examination. Upon successful passing of the State Board exam, graduates will be issued a license. Employment opportunities are available in beauty salons as a skin/nail specialist, platform artist, and in related businesses.

Class Availability & Contact Information:

The Cosmetology program is offered on both the Person County and Caswell County campuses during the day. In addition, evening classes are available on the Caswell County Campus. For additional information, contact Robin McLean (Caswell County Campus) at (336) 694-8066 or and Devon Dickerson (Person County Campus) at (336) 322-2241 or

Photos: Chrislynn Boten; Myiah Shaw; and Courtney Conway