When Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) alumna Leniesa Williams learned how to round-brush hair when she first started at MSC, she says she didn’t like it and thought she wasn’t good at it. Now, she is the salon manager at Blast Blow Dry Bar in downtown Minneapolis and is using the skills she learned on a daily basis.
“I do hair, makeup and waxing. I have request clients every day, and I love doing what I do,” says Leniesa. Leniesa still speaks to her instructors who helped her realize her full potential in the cosmetology industry.
Every year IPR has the pleasure of taking on the EDU Film Festival. The festival is intended for high school filmmakers across Minnesota to have a platform for sharing their work. This year we sat down with lead coordinator and IPR alumna Jaki Velez to ask her a few questions about the festival.
Christina is a living example of what it takes to work hard and reap the rewards of dedication and diligence. Having lived on her own from the age of 15, she was forced into adulthood much earlier than anyone should be. At the advice of her high school principal, she pursued her GED, and obtained it in a matter of 3 weeks. She worked 60-80 hours a week at a minimum wage job in a nursing home, but she wanted more for her family. With childhood dreams of working in the realm of patient care, she said, “The thought of being able to help someone feel better by treating them with medications or by offering some sort of therapy just seemed fascinating.” Christina took an interest in pharmaceuticals after talking with the traveling pharmacist at the nursing home.
Jean attended the Lincoln Tech Marietta, GA campus as an Electronic Systems day student and excelled in his classes. He completed all of his certifications and graduated with honors in 2012.
During his training Jean worked for DISH Network as an independent contractor. He also took on additional work installing flat screen televisions and minor electrical work for clients and family members. He worked tirelessly to provide for his family and complete his curriculum.
After I separated from the Marine Corps, I decided to attend Triangle Tech because of my interest in CADD. I have family members that previously attended Triangle Tech and recommended I go there to earn my Associate in Specialized Technology degree in Computer- Aided Drafting and Design. I selected the CADD program because I had experience with CADD in high school and I enjoyed the program and could see myself having a career in Drafting and Design.
Digital Cinematography graduate Sady approaches video-editing headfirst. Unlike other editors, Sady controls FinalCut Pro using a switch access scanning system.
Sady, who was born with cerebral palsy, has two switches situated on either side of her wheelchair headrest. She controls those switches by moving her head to make a selection on her main computer. The system is hooked up to all of her devices – from her wheelchair to her iPhone. Once she selects which device she wants to control, she’s presented with a list of functions and shortcuts that allow her to control each device or program. Using this system, she can text, email, talk on the phone (through automated voice software), and much more.
Shawn is driven to make an impact in the lives of everyone he meets. Whether serving homeless individuals on the street or at his job as a pediatric nurse, Shawn lives his life for others.
“I strongly feel that the reason I’m here, is to help others,” he said. “I’m 40 years old. I worked my tail off to get where I am now and am a testament to the fact that it’s never too late to change your life and do what you want to do.”
When one suffers with chronic migraines, getting through everyday life can be a challenge. With Chrissy being a chronic migraine sufferer since early 2016, she never stopped pursuing her dream of becoming a licensed cosmetologist.
Prior to attending All-State Career Baltimore, Deriaus was at a split road. He needed to make the decision of which road he wanted to travel. Road ‘A’ led to a future of self -destruction and becoming another statistic. Road ‘B’ led to future that would require hard work and commitment to achieve a goal for a brighter future. In March 2017, Deriaus decided to take Road ‘B’.
Bazil relocated from Georgia to Florida in 2016 to start a new life for himself. He wanted to do something that he could be proud of. Bazil quickly became known around campus for his professionalism and work ethic. His instructors saw him as a quiet leader, one who didn’t complain but instead someone who kept moving forward.