Thursday, April 08, 2010

FURTHER INFORMATION:            STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082, PAULA GREEN (626) 914-8873, JIM LANCASTER (626) 852-6403


Citrus College Cosmetology Program Receives National Service Award

by Stacy Armstrong


Glendora, Calif. – The Citrus College Cosmetology Program has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.


The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual Honor Roll award, recognized more than 700 colleges and universities for their impact on issues ranging from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice.  The Citrus College Cosmetology Program was acknowledged because of its efforts to help underprivileged children, assist the homeless, and raise funds for cancer research.


“Our Cosmetology Program has a long history of community service.  In fact, the program’s faculty and staff encourage their students to participate in a number of service projects each semester,” said Dr. Geraldine M. Perri, Citrus College superintendent/president.  “This award validates Citrus College’s efforts to prepare our students for their future roles as socially responsible and civically engaged professionals.”


Although the Citrus College Cosmetology Program participates in a long list of service activities throughout the year, it was recognized because of its involvement with four specific events:  Foothill Unity Center’s Back to School Event, the Fred Jordan Mission’s Mother’s Day event , the Fred Jordan Mission’s Back to School Clothing Drive, and the program’s “Night of Mystical Dreams” hair show, which was a fundraiser for breast cancer research.


At the end of every summer, Monrovia’s Foothill Unity Center sponsors a special event designed to prepare hundreds of children from low income families for the start of the new school year.  During this event, these local children receive school supplies, clothing, dental screenings, and much more.  The faculty members from the Cosmetology Program use this event as a way to incorporate service-learning into their curriculum.  Approximately 300 Cosmetology students participate and provide no-cost haircuts and manicures to the over 1,500 children in attendance.  These Citrus College students not only donate their time, they also donate their personal products and supplies.


“The beauty of service learning is that it not only benefits the organization involved and the audience served, but it is also valuable to the academic experience of each student who participates,” said Trustee Joanne Montgomery, Monrovia’s representative on the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees.  “Meaningful service projects, such as the Cosmetology Program’s involvement with Foothill Unity Center, allow students to receive enhanced learning by providing them with a platform to apply their knowledge and skills in real world situations.”


The Cosmetology Program’s work with the Fred Jordan Mission provides a similar service-learning opportunity for students.  Every spring, senior students in the Cosmetology Program visit the mission for Mother’s Day and provide haircuts and manicures for the women on Skid Row.  In addition, every fall approximately 60 students visit the Mission to assist with a back to school clothing drive.


The third event that earned the Cosmetology Program this national recognition was its annual hair show, a runway-type show that exhibits unique hairstyles.  The proceeds for this event, which was themed “A Night of Mystical Dreams,” were donated to breast cancer research.


“Every year, the Cosmetology Program’s hair shows are extremely popular.  At the same time, they allow the students to stretch their skills and apply their creativity,” said Jim Lancaster, Citrus College dean of career, technical, and continuing education.  “The ‘A Night of Mystical Dreams’ show was the first time the program charged admission.  This allowed our program to promote our students’ talent and work, while also raising awareness and support for cancer research.”


According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, the honorees for the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.


“Being named to the President’s Community Service Honor Roll is a wonderful achievement and Citrus College is extremely honored,” said Trustee Gary Woods, the president of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees.  “Of course, our true reward is the knowledge that the college’s faculty, staff, and students have contributed to the improvement of local communities by tackling some of the most persistent challenges that society faces.”




FURTHER INFORMATION:            STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082, PAULA GREEN (626) 914-8873, JIM LANCASTER (626) 852-6403