Water Works Academy, a cosmetology school connected to a salon in Mount Pleasant, will be accepting new students for its classes beginning June 27.
Separated from the salon by a glass wall, the academy gives students an advantage by providing an understanding of how a real salon operates. The atmosphere allows students to experience more hands-on learning that readies them for careers not only as hair stylists, but also as cosmetic buyers, hair color technicians and salon managers.
The academy has had great success thus far, boasting a 100 percent graduation rate as well as 100 percent success rate for students passing the state bar exam.
With more than 20 years of experience, owner and director, Stephanie Dixon, opened the academy in September 2014 after seeing the need for professionals with a more complete set of skills.
“About 12 years ago, I saw a lack of good education. People weren’t coming to us prepared,” Dixon said. “We would have to train them for six months and spend a lot of time transitioning them to the salon.”
According to Dixon, the process of opening the academy was not a simple endeavor. She faced multiple roadblocks, including a Michigan law restricting the conjoining of salons and beauty schools. Dixon came very close to changing the law, but in the end, was able to comply with regulations and create a unique environment by implementing the glass partition between the salon and academy.
Throughout her journey, she was assisted by Central Michigan University Research Corp. (CMURC).
For a chance to enroll in the academy’s classes starting June 27, visit www.waterworksacademy.com and fill out an online application.