More Education; More Success
Creative Images Institute of Cosmetology (CIIC), with two locations in the Dayton area, is one of only 18 institutions in the world which offers advanced hands-on training in precision haircutting and coloring the Sassoon way. For nearly 30 years, CIIC has provided advanced training, educational fieldtrips, and partnerships with Ohio salons/spas, as part of our mission to assist students in finding their career fit. Representative Stephen Huffman (R-District 80) visited the Vandalia campus on October 23rd as an outside expert to provide students the opportunity to share their questions and concerns about the future of the beauty industry and how a recent proposed house bill (HB 189) may negatively impact their lives. Huffman also wanted to connect with the students and share his stance on education/ training and career preparation.
During the meeting, roughly 140 students and staff expressed their apprehensions about decreasing education as proposed in the bill. Between developing their technical skills, safety and sanitation training, communication skills to work with clients, and learning the daily operation aspects of the industry; students stressed how they were afraid that less experience and exposure would only harm their career opportunities. Students also expressed how a lower, easily obtainable education could also cause harm to the community when it comes to awareness and treating potential diseases and spreading them. The vast majority of students voiced that they would much rather have their education extended so they can gain even more practice. One student stated; “We feel like we are being pushed into a box by the types of salons that are supporting the bill and we’re not able to decide our own careers”. According to the IBISWorld Industry Report on Hair & Nail Salons in the U.S., business expertise of operations and maintenance of excellent customer relations are two critical success factors for this industry (report 81211, October, 2017). This bill would cause students to receive less training in those two key factors during their time in school and because of that, another student stressed, “This bill is setting us up to fail.”
As a summation of the event, Representative Huffman agreed to return to CIIC for a skin care service and to learn more about the industry and the students couldn’t be more excited! For the students, for the beauty industry, and for Ohio: go to https://protectmyprofession.com/ and sign the petition to STOP House Bill 189.