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    A ribbon cutting was held at The Salon at Helena College

    By Rachel Fortunato,


    On Thursday, April 18, a ribbon cutting was held at The Salon at Helena College.

    “It’s exciting and nerve-racking and wonderful all in one big emotion,” said Alex Sedlock, a Cosmetology student at Helena College.

    Over 100 people filled the space to help celebrate the launch of The Salon at Helena College.

    “Overwhelmed. I’m just so happy and excited to feel the community support for this program and for Helena College,” Sandy Bauman, the Dean and CEO of Helena College said.

    It is here, in this newly renovated space, where the Cosmetology students will gain hands-on experience.

    “Just a lot of people in disbelief I would say. This space is not a new build to Helena College. It’s a remodel of where are Fire and Emergency Services program used to be and so the folks that have been around for a while and remember this as a big garage to store fire equipment have been pretty surprised by the transformation,” said Bauman.

    The program kicked off in January with a competitive application process, only 15 students were accepted. Rachel Fortunato

    The program is a 15-month, four-consecutive semester process.

    Along with becoming a licensed Cosmetologist, students will also receive an Associate of Applied Science degree and be halfway through a Certificate of Entrepreneurship.

    Those who choose can continue to complete that certificate.

    During the launch community members could tour the entire space, talk to students and staff and enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

    Students will provide hair, skin and nail services.

    “The salon will be a full-service salon. We’ll have hair services. Cut, color, perm all of the things. We’ll also have waxing services and facials. We’ll have manicure and pedicure,” Bauman said. Rachel Fortunato

    Community members were also able to stop by the front desk to schedule their first service at the salon, even though services won’t start until May 14.

    “I’m really excited to do hair coloring and haircuts and nails. All types of nails,” said Sedlock.

    “I’m excited to see all the creativity,” Tony Wilson, a Cosmetology Instructor at Helena College said.

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