Paul Mitchell cosmetology school to open in SylvaniaWritten by Brigitta Burks | News Editor | BBurks@toledofreepress.com
Paul Mitchell the School Toledo is set to open and start its first wave of cosmetology classes Sept. 3.
“Our program is absolutely an advanced academy so not only are [the students] going to be technically prepared for the industry, but also professionally and personally [prepared],” said Ashlee Harris, the admissions leader. The new school will be located at 5549 Monroe St., Sylvania, and offers instruction on hair, skin and nail care, but focuses mainly on hair. The school is Paul Mitchell’s fourth in Ohio.
“The cool thing about Paul Mitchell is we’re a one-size-fits-all company,” Harris added. “You see every walk of life.”
According to Harris, the 1,500-hour program typically takes a little less than a year to complete. She said the ideal candidate is someone “who is wanting to make a change in the industry and wanting to be the best.”
The Paul Mitchell company decided to open a Toledo school after studying the region.
“It’s a growing city and we are able to really pull from not only surrounding areas in Toledo, but also Michigan and Indiana,” Harris said, adding that Paul Mitchell products are popular in the area. The company also plans to become involved in the community as it has near its other school locations.
Brittany Darling is a Toledo-area native who attended Paul Mitchell the School Cincinnati. She would have attended a Toledo-based Paul Mitchell school if there had been one a year ago.
“I loved it. It was the best experience I could have asked for,” Darling said of the program. The recent graduate is moving back to Toledo to work at the new school’s front desk, but hopes to become an instructor.
Darling said she appreciated the technical skills the school taught her.
“To have Paul Mitchell behind your background, behind your name is the best thing,” she said.
About six weeks after the start of classes, the school’s salon, where students practice their craft on customers under supervision, is expected to open, Harris said.
Harris said she expects additional employment opportunities at the school, but is presently unsure of the number of positions that will need to be filled.
There are many job opportunities for cosmetology students after graduation, Harris said.
“Our industry has yet to see repercussions (from the recession). We haven’t really skipped a beat. There’s always jobs,” she said.
To learn more about future employment opportunities or apply for school, contact Harris at (419) 885-5191 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Financial aid packages are available.