“I’ve loved cosmetology since I was very young; I was always cutting hair and doing my friends’ and family members’ hair. I thought doing hair was just a hobby that I really liked, but after I got married and moved here my plans changed,” Wardlow said.
She had attended OSU for two years in their interior design degree program, but when into credit transfer issues, she began to seriously consider going to school for something else she really loves — cosmetology.
“There are so many great things about MNTC, but I found it to be the most affordable program around. My instructor is just incredible and I’ve learned so much. The evening setting allows for a high number of clients, sometimes up until 9:30 p.m., so I’m getting all the experience that I had wanted, too,” she said.
She also believes that she’s gained knowledge about the personal qualities and attributes that are necessary to be successful in this industry, such as: How to be a good employee, how to be someone others would want to work with, about personal responsibility and working skills that don't depend on one’s technical skill set. Wardlow is also thankful for the help she and her classmates have had in building their networks and connections with other professionals in the cosmetology industry.
Looking ahead, Wardlow said with the flexibility this career offers, she would ultimately like to have her own salon next to her home. For now she wants to work with a group that believes in continuing education and that supports their stylists staying on top of creative trends in her three areas of focus. Wardlow said in the future she may also consider continuing her education to become master teacher certified to teach cosmetology, but she wants to work in salon setting for a while first.
To learn more about MNTC’s full or part-time education classes or about the Business & Industry Services available to local businesses, visit smntechnology.com or call 364-5763.