Cosmetology career booming despite economic downturn

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While the economy has gone sour over the years, those in the cosmetology profession say business is booming and jobs aren't hard to find.

Debra Alderman is a student at IntelliTec College's brand new Cosmetology School. The school opened in May, but recently had it's Grand Opening on Thursday. "This is something that I've always been interested in. It's another outlet for my creative side," said Alderman.

IntelliTec's Program Supervisor, Brenda Allen, said more people are enrolling in cosmetology school in Grand Junction, even as the economy has been struggling. Allen said, "You can go so many different places, you don't have to just be behind the chair... and it's really flexible. I mean, once you become established in your clientele, you can pretty much be your own boss."

IntelliTec College's new salon is the second cosmetology school in Grand Junction. The Salon Professional Academy has been in business for the past seven years.

The Co-Owner of The Salon Professional Academy, Angela Lema, said their enrollment has been growing as well. "I get calls every week... salon owners, spa owners needing additional service providers. Everybody that wants a job, is getting a job," said Lema.

Lema said her students come from all different backgrounds and are all looking to make a big change in their lives. Morgan Vinaco is a Student at The Salon Professional Academy. She said, "I was actually in the military, I was Air Force Military Police and then I got medically discharged so I can't do that anymore, but I decided to do hair."

The school programs range from $17,000 to $20,000 thousand dollars with an average salary of about $19,000 when students graduate.

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