Powhatan correctional residents score well in barbering, cosmetology

By Nicole Bell - bio | email
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POWHATAN, VA (WWBT) -  High marks for a local group of students in a barbering and cosmetology program.

On average, the group scored higher on their state licensing exam than all other schools in the commonwealth.

What may surprise you is "who" these students are. The students are residents at a juvenile correctional center.

Today,  some of those residents  spoke with us about their state exam scores being a "cut" above the rest.

Behind a metal fence and barbed wire are residents, some passionate, about barbering and cosmetology.

UNIDENTIFIED STUDENT: "I've been interested in it for a while."

We can't show you his face. But this 20 year is one of a group of students involved in the barbering and cosmetology program at the facility.

UNIDENTIFIED STUDENT:  "You're doing new things everyday."

The group on average scored higher on their state licensing exam than all other schools in the commonwealth.

Franklin Harvey is the instructor.

"They're over and above the private schools in this state and we've had incidents where we've set the precedent or the standard," Harvey said.

According to professional credential services, that's a company that track stats  on state testing,

Students at Beaumont juvenile correctional center tied or  scored higher in every category when compared to other  Virginia schools.

Harvey says the exams and requirements are the same for students at the facility -- as they are for any other student in the state.

"This is going to prepare them for employment  when they leave because they'll get a chance to exercise their professionalism," Harvey said.

As for this  20 year old student he says the lessons learned in this classroom  will help him once he's  on the other side of this gate.

UNIDENTIFIED STUDENT: "I just see there's hope for me now."

There are eight students in the program right now.. The  barbering and cosmetology class  started back  in 2003 at the correctional center.

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