PASADENA, Texas – Patricia Holmes doesn't go anywhere without her bright red lipstick and a swift comb through her hair. The former real estate agent says looking good makes her feel good. This is why a trip to the San Jacinto College cosmetology salon proved very important for her and six other visitors from the Cedar Bayou Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Baytown.
As residents arrived, San Jacinto College cosmetology students went to work, giving them the royal treatment with manicures, pedicures, hair cuts and color.
"I think they do a wonderful job," said Holmes, who is dedicated to maintaining her lowlights, highlights, and trim every two weeks. "I signed up for this trip as soon as I saw the opportunity. Who isn't happy when they look good."
Smiles of happiness is all that it takes for San Jacinto College student Claire Bremer to realize why she is pursuing a career in cosmetology.
"I love making people feel good, and this is why I am here studying cosmetology," said Bremer. "One woman was really quiet at first, and after her hair cut, she couldn't stop looking at the mirror and smiling. I did that, and it makes me feel great."
Service learning is incorporated into many San Jacinto College areas of study. Students benefit from service learning by applying what they've learned in a classroom to a real-life setting. Cosmetology students provide free hair cuts several times a year at events sponsored by local organizations. The San Jacinto College cosmetology departments have also donated hundreds of locks of hair for Locks of Love, a nonprofit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.
"For some, this is all they want, to look and feel good," said Susan Woodle, assistant to the director of activities at Cedar Bayou Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center. "This is why it is wonderful that the students are willing to take the time to do this for our residents."
San Jacinto College cosmetology is located at the Central, South, and North Campuses. For more information, visit sanjac.edu/cosmetology.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.