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Virginia College in Columbus, Georgia is definitely a cool school!

Scottie McPherson who used to be a business student decided to change her career and become a cosmetologist.

She said, "I wasn't happy with what I was doing as far as business I wasn't happy at all. I really wanted to pursue...I used to be in class watching YouTube tutorials on hair and makeup and I wasn't focused."

The Director of the Cosmetology Department, Carla Chaney, says that students like Scottie will graduate with many skills.

Chaney says, "They would take with them advanced coloring techniques, they will also take with them advanced hair cutting techniques which we call sculpture in our curriculum. We teach them everything that they need to know to go out into the field and be confident in their field of study."

Virginia College has more than 700 students. Another cool thing about the school is that you get to walk the runway during the Candyland hair show. The school does hair shows quarterly. The students help select the theme and spends lots of time preparing for the big event.

Master Cosmetology Instructor Lakeisha Young-Hicks said, "It gives the students the chance to show off their talent, show off their skills whether their going to be platform artists, behind the chair."

Virginia College also had a student massage center where the students get some hands on experience in their career field.

Conar Rochford said, "We have clients coming in from the public and the students run them through the whole process of checking in, filling out your paperwork, doing the interview and then actually getting into the message itself."

Abi Cook will finish up her massage therapy classes this month and says the best part about what she does is helping people.

The school's president says the school is transforming the lives of its students and area around it.

Beverly Jeffries said, "What makes us special is that we get an opportunity to provide a life changing experience for our students by using a career based education and we also have the opportunity to work with the community to provide jobs."

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