Alamo Colleges - Palo Alto College Cosmetology Students Volunteer To Help Community
|Alamo Colleges - Palo Alto College cosmetology students volunteered their services for the Catwalk for Hope fashion show
to raise funds for cancer research.
In November, Alamo Colleges - Palo Alto College cosmetology students volunteered backstage at the Catwalk for Hope fashion show, which partners with the American Cancer Society to raise funds for cancer research. The models in the fashion show consist of cancer survivors or women battling cancer. PAC students provided makeup applications, up do's, and made sure the models were runway ready.
In October, the students opened their chairs to the Selena Center for Youth Potential, a treatment center for girls ages 13-17. PAC students gave the teenage girls free haircuts and shared beauty tips for them to try at home.
"I'm so impressed with their dedication. To see them so eager and excited to help makes me proud," said Lisa Wilson Navarro, cosmetology program lead.
Cosmetology also honors the military. Any veterans or current member of the military can schedule an appointment in the Cosmetology Learning Studio for a free haircut.
Student veteran Robert Sandoval took advantage of the free service and was very appreciative. "The experience was lovely, lots of attention and lots of love," said Sandoval. "I think it's really nice when our community gives back to us [veterans]."
Volunteering allows students to perfect skills such as meeting and greeting clients while working on technical skills and utilizing techniques they have learned in the classroom.
Learning hands-on is a major part of the course curriculum and is required to earn an associate of applied science (A.A.S.) in cosmetology or a cosmetology operator Level 2 certificate. Volunteering also allows students to build their portfolios, network with salon professionals, and create a foundation for entrepreneurial development.