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Georgia Piedmont Tech Students Win Honors at International Hair Show

Clarkston, GA - March 21, 2012

Two Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) students won third place at the recent Bonner Bros. International Hair Show, held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga.

Cosmetology student Tenesha Kelley, who attends GPTC’s DeKalb Campus in Clarkston, Ga., placed third in the Student Mannequin (For An Evening Look) Presentation hair-styling category. She took home a trophy as well as $75 in Nu Expressions hair products for the College.

Fellow cosmetology student Shayna Dixon, who attends GPTC’s Newton Campus in Covington, Ga., placed third in the Student Rising Star (Fashionable Total Look) Competition–a hair-cutting category open to students, apprentices and permit-holders–winning a trophy and $100.

Occupying more than 350,000 square feet of exhibit space, the Bronner Bros. International Hair Show is recognized as the largest beauty and trade show of its kind in the world. The hair show, which celebrated its 65th anniversary this year, attracts more than 60,000 participants, 300 exhibitors, 500 distributors, and produces a hair battle and barber battle that attracts over 9,000 people.

“I always had an interest in fashion and beauty,” said Kelley. “But when I graduated high school I went to Clark Atlanta University–where I earned a bachelor’s degree in business management and administration–I didn't know what career I wanted to wake up doing every day of my life. I just knew I wanted to be happy doing it. In my freshman year in college I discovered that I wanted to be an entrepreneur. As my life transpired, I started to discover my God-given gifts and my purpose for life and career. Then, what I loved to do and wanted to do every day began to intertwine. So now I’m 32, and I know what I want!”

In the respective categories, Dixon and Kelley competed against 18 to 20 other contestants from around the country during the hair show, held February 18-21.

“I was grateful, and shocked, that I won,” said Dixon. “It didn’t matter that it was third place–I was just glad that I placed.”

Kelley and Dixon, who both graduate in May, share a career goal: to own and operate their own salon.

“For two of our students to place third in an international competition, where thousands of competitors are vying, says a lot about them and about the College,” said Larry Teems, GPTC acting president. “When you combine talented students who have a desire to succeed with a faculty and staff committed to realizing the dreams of their students, the sky is the limit.”   

Georgia Piedmont Tech cosmetology instructors Frances Owens and Arnold (Tené) Taylor said they encourage their students to enter industry competitions not just to compete, but to learn from the experience.

“If they are willing to enter a competition, I tell them to just jump in there and do it,” said Frances Owens, Kelley’s cosmetology instructor at the GPTC DeKalb campus. “I tell them that this business is not as easy as it looks—it’s hard work. This is a field that is continuously changing, particularly hairstyles. So, you have to continue your education once you leave here to be successful.”

The work of students and instructors is paying off. Kelley is Owens’ third student to win at the Bronner Bros. show.

“I encourage all of my students to enter competitions because, one, it’s good for the student’s psyche and, two, it motivates them,” said Taylor, Dixon’s instructor at GPTC’s Newton Campus. “As long as they go into the competition and do very well, I’m proud, no matter what the outcome.”

The Cosmetology Program at GPTC is a sequence of courses that prepares students for careers in the field of cosmetology. The program emphasizes specialized training in safety, sanitation, state laws, rules, and regulations, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, skin, hair, and nail diseases and disorders, hair treatments and manipulations, hair shaping, hair styling, artificial hair, braiding/intertwining hair, chemical reformation and application, skin and nail care, hair coloring, hair lightening, reception, sales, management, math, reading, writing, interpersonal relations development, computer skills, employability skills, and work ethics. The curriculum meets state licensing requirements of the State Board of Cosmetology. Program graduates receive a cosmetology diploma and are employable as a cosmetology salesperson, cosmetologist, salon manager, or a salon owner.

Georgia Piedmont Technical College, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, promotes a student-centered environment for lifelong learning and development, encompassing academic and technical education for employment in a global community.  The college has nine centers of learning in DeKalb, Newton, Rockdale, and Morgan counties. Georgia Piedmont Technical College currently has more than 5,000 students enrolled in diploma or degree programs and more than 9,000 in adult education classes.  Academic and Technical programs at Georgia Piedmont Tech cover more than 120 different occupations.  For more information, visit our website at www.GPTC.edu.

Tenesha Kelley
Photo 1:Georgia Piedmont Technical College cosmetology student Tenesha Kelley holds the trophy she won for placing third in the Student Mannequin (For An Evening Look) Presentation at the recent Bronner Bros. International Hair Show.
Shayna Dixon
Photo 2:Georgia Piedmont Technical College cosmetology student Shayna Dixon holds the trophy she won for placing third in the Student Rising Star (Fashionable Total Look) Competition at the recent Bronner Bros. International Hair Show.

Shayna Dixon (right) and her instructor Arnold (Tené) Taylor (left)
Photo 3:Georgia Piedmont Technical College cosmetology student Shayna Dixon (right) and her instructor Arnold (Tené) Taylor (left) display the trophy Dixon won for placing third in the Student Mannequin (For An Evening Look) Presentation at the recent Bronner Bros. International Hair Show.
Tenesha Kelley (left) and her instructor Frances Owens (right)
Photo 4:Georgia Piedmont Technical College cosmetology student Tenesha Kelley (left) and her instructor Frances Owens (right) display the trophy Kelley won for placing third in the Student Mannequin (For An Evening Look) Presentation at the recent Bronner Bros. International Hair Show.

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About Georgia Piedmont Technical College
Established in 1961, Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) is one of the top technical colleges in Georgia. As a student-centered institution, GPTC prepares individuals with the skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing, global economy. In August 2016, Georgia Piedmont was ranked among the top ten technical colleges in terms of enrollment by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. GPTC’s graduation rate is more than 74.3 percent, and its graduates secure employment at a level resulting in a 98.7 percent placement rate. With nearly 4,000 students, Georgia Piedmont’s adult education program is among the largest in the state. The college has 12 learning centers in DeKalb, Newton, Rockdale and Morgan counties. As set forth in its student catalog, Georgia Piedmont Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, sex, religion, disability, age, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, veteran status, or citizenship status (except in those special circumstances permitted or mandated by law). Contact Lisa Peters, the ADA Coordinator, at 404/297-9522, ext. 1154, ADA504Coordinator@gptc.edu or at the main DeKalb campus, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 Room A-170; or Dr. Debra Gordon, the Title IX Coordinator, at 404/297-9522, ext. 1176, TitleIXCoordinator@gptc.edu or at the main DeKalb campus, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 Room A-103 for assistance. For more information about our graduation rates and other important program information, please visit our website at https://www.gptc.edu/gainfulemployment.

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