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Students in Manchester Get a Second Chance

Published:Thursday | February 16, 2017 | 12:00 AMTamara Bailey
Jamalco Career Enhancement programme students Veronica Maxwell and Sherida Stultz participate in a roller setting practical session recently.

PRATTVILLE, Manchester:

It is said that knowledge is power and when one opens their mind to being taught new things, there is no telling what great things can be accomplished.

To this end, some 20 students of various communities in South Manchester have been given the chance of getting a new skill through the Jamalco Career Enhancement programme (JCEP).

The cosmetology course, which is being offered in collaboration with the HEART Trust/NTA at the Winston Jones High School, offers training in chemical hair relaxing, shampooing, styling and wig making. The students are also expected to learn the art of a manicurist and pedicurist.

According to Communication Officer at Jamalco, Tissona Ormsby, JCEP is geared towards providing practical training for persons, who, for whatever reason, were unable to complete their secondary education and by so doing, improve their job prospects.

Second chance

"Upon successful completion of the course, each student will be awarded a HEART Level 2 certification"

Principal of Winston Jones High School, Dr Marrie Wilson-McLaughlin, said she is happy that Jamalco has decided to partner with her school to offer the course to students.

Describing the programme as a second-chance for students who did not get to finish high school, Wilson-McLaughlin said students are excited about the course and acquiring a new skill.

Terianna Townsend, a student, said she was happy for the course and the association with all the participants.

"I am learning a lot of new things about cosmetology and customer relations and this will help me open my own business in the future," she told Rural Xpress.

The programme began in November 2016 and will culminate in May.

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