...the push for students to attend college. He went on though to say, that mindset is changing as not every student is college bound.
“I think we have swung the pendulum in the right direction, we hope to find a good balance,” he said. “We know the schools all take chances on kids, when they get here many times this is the breath of fresh air they have been looking for.”
Upon completing two years at the institute in each of the given courses students will either learn dual college credits or certifications recognized by employers in the workplace.
Walmsley said the education students receive at the institute means time and money for employers. Students can jump right into their selected industry, without training or they move on for further certifications.
Many students turn to the trades because of the cost of college.
One of those students is Elizabeth Leonard, a senior at DeKalb High School, completing her second year in the cosmetology program. Leonard is currently completing an internship with SmartStyle Salon and will begin working in the salon in two weeks.
“I really couldn’t afford to go to college, this program has been amazing,” she said.
She said she fell in love with cosmetology as a freshman as the makeup and beauty craze hit social media. She went on to say that she is very excited to be able to enter the workforce.
Lydia Rawles, a junior homeschool student also enrolled in the cosmetology program, echoed the sentiments of Leonard.
Rawles took part in Impact Institute’s summer boot camp, where she...