WITC Welcomes Former Regency Beauty Institute Students

WITC will cover its application fee for former Regency students.

When Regency Beauty Institute closed, many students there feared that their dream was being cut too short, but now WITC cold have the style they’re looking for.

Jarred Phillips dreams of being a barber. He was a month into pursuing his future career until Regency Beauty Institute abruptly closed.

WITC held an open house for the displaced Regency students and that caught the attention of Phillips.

“I thought I’d give it a try, plus my wife goes to school here, too,” said Phillips.

WITC has offered displaced students a transfer opportunity. The school is covering its application fee and Pivot Point is donating its online component of the class for the former Regency students.

“I can’t say enough about the college. They just pulled together from the moment we heard about this. They pulled together their rapid response team to be involved, involved. In any way that we could help these students we just pulled together and tried to make this happen,” said Jean Engebretson, cosmetology instructor.

Twenty-two students attended WITC’s open house in hopes their dreams could continue on.

“I didn’t think that I would want to go to a different cosmetology school. I was pretty much ready to drop out, but coming here and seeing the environment and talking to the teachers I think it would be a good fit,” said Mari Clokey, former Regency student.

With the possibility of a new school, the barbershop and chair conversation has changed for the former Regency students.

“I’m really feeling hopeful that I can get something out of it,” said Phillips.

Any displaced Regency students have until October 24th to submit their paperwork to be eligible for the extra benefits.