A career-focused education in ten months, tuition-free. It sounds too good to be true, but a Valley nonprofit is working to make that a reality.
Sigma Cuts in Glendale may look like your typical beauty school setup, but it has a very atypical approach to education.
"The fact that they can graduate and be done and not have any debt is the biggest thing," said founder Will Mitchell.
Mitchell is now rolling out a tuition-free model to help stylists and nail technicians enter the workforce with a better bottom line. The school's client subscription service and donations from the community are making it possible.
"This is going to change the dynamic of, hopefully, the poverty we have in this area," said Mitchell.
Change is exactly what Alyssa Lee was looking for when she enrolled in Sigma Cuts.
"I have four children at home," Lee said. "So it was just like ok, you know, I need to get my life together."
The program was hard but a game changer. Lee graduated in October and is now encouraging anyone interested in cosmetology to apply.
"When you have that opportunity just go in there and just stick to it," Lee said. "Be consistent and you'll get to where you want to go."
Students do have to pay a $1,250 registration fee, plus a few other class-related expenses throughout the year. To apply, post photos or videos of your work with the #SigmaScholarship. Applicants can also email firstname.lastname@example.org.