Despite a busy classroom schedule, the instructors in North Central Texas College’s cosmetology program find every opportunity possible to get their students active in the community, giving back.

“I love getting the students involved in community service,” said Cosmetology Division Chair Stephanie Lindsey. “It’s a good way to help others that are less fortunate or just need assistance. Besides helping the students gain valuable experience, it teaches teamwork, communication and problem solving. It also shows them ways they can use their skills to help others after they graduate.”

For 13 years, cosmetology students have been visiting Cooke County nursing homes. Students offer manicures and facials to the nursing home residents twice each semester.

Last April, the department offered free services to all the wives and guests of the Medal of Honor recipients during Medal of Honor weekend. Wives, children and friends spent the day getting pampered with facials, haircuts, manicures and more, while the recipients followed their busy schedules.

“Our students are from all areas so they weren’t really sure what the Medal of Honor week was about,” said Lindsey. “After meeting the guests of the recipients and hearing their stories, they were humbled and honored to be a part of it.”

Cosmetology students also find ways to help students in Cooke County. They offered free back-to-school haircuts for underprivileged students in August and did free hairstyles and makeup for students in Cooke and Denton counties who could not afford to have their hair and makeup done for prom.

The Cosmetology Department also helps out at NCTC. They did all the makeup for a Body Positivity Workshop for students on the Gainesville campus. They also get to frequently assist the Drama Department with makeup and hair for various plays and musicals. The department also hosts a Pamper Camp each summer for children ages 3 to 12, where they spend the day getting pampered with facials, manicures and hair styling.

During the month of October, students will be wearing pink on Tuesdays for Breast Cancer Awareness month. The students chose Tuesday because it is their busiest client day. They offer $2 haircuts every Tuesday and serve clients from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Cosmetology Department currently offers a Cosmetology Operator Certificate, Esthetics Certificate and Cosmetology Instructor Certificate. They also offer dual credit classes for high school students. More than 70 students are enrolled in cosmetology courses each semester.

The instructors and students put in many hours over their normal classroom schedule in order to meet the needs of the community, truly making them heroes among us.

“We are blessed to have great, caring, quality instructors,” said Lindsey. “They love their students and their craft. I am so thankful for the hard work and dedication they put in to ensure we have a superior program with graduates that pass their state board exams and go on to become successful in a field they love.”

Elizabeth Dieter Abu is a media specialist in NCTC’s Marketing and Public Relations Department. She graduated from Lindsay High School and holds a bachelor’s degree in ag communications and journalism from Texas A&M University.