HCC cosmetology student receives national scholarship

By Haywood Community College | Mar 17, 2017
Photo by: Donated photo. Haywood Community College cosmetology student Amanda Penland received a Great Scholarship from Great Clips, Inc. in memory of Alice Madden Barton. Penland is pictured left receiving the check with Great Clips representative Nancy Austin.

CLYDE — Haywood Community College cosmetology student Amanda Penland received a Great Scholarship from Great Clips, Inc. in memory of Alice Madden Barton. This national scholarship aims to promote careers in cosmetology by providing tuition assistance or tools to build the cosmetologist’s kit. Applicants were evaluated and winners selected by local franchisees.

Penland will earn her degree in December 2017 and would like to work in art makeup, especially for the show “The Walking Dead.” Currently, she works with a cosmetologist traveling to venues to do up-dos and makeup for weddings.

Penland came to HCC because of the reputation the school has in the field of cosmetology. She says the hands-on experience in a simulated salon on campus allows her to put what she learns in the classroom to work.

“Everything started to click when I started working in the salon hands-on. The teachers at HCC do a great job. It’s because of them that I stuck with the program.”

Penland enjoys hula-hooping and fire-spinning.

For more information about HCC’s Cosmetology program, call 565-4268 or visit haywood.edu.

Haywood Community College (HCC) is part of the North Carolina Community College System and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Founded in 1965, it is an open-door institution with the mission to provide accessible and affordable high-quality education, workforce training and lifelong learning. This includes programs for Haywood County high school students through Career and College Promise and Haywood Early College. The college campus, a designated arboretum, boasts one of the most beautiful college campuses in the state with an iconic mill pond, productive greenhouses, a dahlia garden, an orchard garden, working vegetable gardens and a rhododendron garden.