WGTC barbering program popular with students
by Celia Shortt
A barbering program may seem like an unconventional program to offer, but it is a popular one at West Georgia Technical College (WGTC).
WGTC Barbering Instructor, Victor Crowder, has been a part of the WGTC program since its beginning at the Central Educational Center in July of 2008.
“This is the first foundation here,” said Crowder. “It was groundbreaking for the school because it was the first barbering program.”
Crowder is also a master barber who was mentored by his barbering instructor while he was in school. He learned from him the importance of mentoring students and giving back to them. He uses the program to mentor people and help them find their passion in life.
“I love to impact people’s lives,” said Crowder. “If they have an interest in something that I have a passion for and then I help them develop that passion, that’s rewarding to me. That is me giving back.”
Since its inception, the barbering program has given hands on training to people from all walks of life. Students participate in classroom courses and live work on mannequins and clients. After completing the barbering courses and core class work, students can take the state course exam to be certified as a master barber.
“We’ve had a pretty good number of people take the test, and all of them passed,” said Crowder.
The barbering training includes cutting hair, facials, skin care, chemical services, facial shaves with a razor, and scalp treatments. It all encompasses the health of a client and a barber’s responsibility for it.
Crowder is quick to emphasize, too, that second chances are also a big part of the program.
“No matter what a person has done, they get a second chance,” said Crowder “But they have to choose what they do. My reward is if they impact people after they have been impacted.”
The program usually takes two and half semesters to complete, or just over a year depending on when the student starts.