Whether experimenting with hair color or realizing their flair for doing facials or nails, several Bainbridge State College students enrolled in its cosmetology program are discovering where their aptitudes are, and more importantly, where their passions are.

Kayla Jade Dodson of Bainbridge said she has always loved experimenting with hairstyles and makeup, but initially listened to others who advised her that going into other professions would bring her more money.

But none of those other professions could fulfill her happiness like cosmetology.

“It’s something I always wanted to do – hair and makeup,” Dodson said. “I love it. I just love people, and this profession will give me an opportunity to meet people, eventually allowing me to be my own boss and to work with my hands in a profession I enjoy.”

It was Dodson’s late friend, Jordan Harris, who encouraged Dodson to pursue a cosmetology degree at Bainbridge State, and Dodson will forever remember her friend after she graduates in May. Harris died in August along with two other young citizens of Decatur County – Adam Goodman and Hillary Brock – in a single-car accident. Dodson said because of Harris’ encouragement, she and fellow cosmetology student Misti Gordon of Blakely want to go into business together, start their own salon and name it in honor of the three victims.

Dodson said she did not know much about hair-coloring techniques, but decided to experiment under the direction of LaDonna Thomas, the College’s cosmetology program coordinator and instructor. What they came up with was a new color application that was well received.

Gordon said cosmetology is something she always wanted to do, and especially now because it is a career she can work in while still devoting time with her children.

“It’s something I always wanted to do it, and it’s something I can do while juggling with my children’s schedules,” Gordon said. “I wanted to come back to school and pursue this. I love this program because it is very hands-on and almost feels like the real working world.”

Shameca Calloway of Cairo wanted to pursue a program of study that involved expressing more of her creative side. She had tried programs in the medical field, but found cosmetology more appealing because it would allow her to be creative as well as fulfill her true passion.

Enrollment is presently underway at Bainbridge State for students interested in studying cosmetology. Classes will start in January for the spring and summer semesters, and there are day and night classes available.

To earn a Cosmetology diploma and prepare to take the state board exams, Bainbridge State students must complete 56 credit hours with 46 of those hours related to cosmetology such as separate courses on hair, skin and nail care. Students are also trained on microdermabrasion, light therapy and body vacuum.

For more information about the Cosmetology program, contact LaDonna Thomas at (229) 248-2910, or email her at ladonna.thomas@bainbridge.edu. If you have general questions about enrolling in Bainbridge State, call (229) 248-2504 or go to its website, www.bainbridge.edu.


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