Hannah Railey: From High School Senior to Master Cosmetologist

Hannah Railey has always enjoyed doing makeup, so when she learned of an opportunity to take cosmetology classes through Oconee Fall Line Technical College’s (OFTC) dual enrollment program, she jumped at the chance.

As a senior at Washington County High School in Sandersville, Railey began thinking about her future and says she “wanted to get a head start” in her career.

“I always liked doing makeup, and since I had been thinking about this as a possible career, when I learned about dual enrollment at OFTC I decided it was something I should look into since it would give me a head start in my career,” she shared.

As a high school senior, Railey got her first true look inside the career of a cosmetologist while completing courses in Cosmetology Theory, Hair Care and Treatment, and Interpersonal Relations and Professional Development which were all a part of OFTC’s Shampoo Technician Technical Certificate of Credit (TCC) program.

Not only did Railey receive dual credit for high school and college after completing the Shampoo Technician TCC, but she did it all for free, one of the main advantages of the dual enrollment program.

Railey graduated from high school in June 2017 and continued to pursue her cosmetology career at OFTC. “I knew that I wanted to learn more and become a master cosmetologist; and because of how affordable OFTC is and how attentive the instructors were during my dual enrollment classes, I decided to continue taking my classes there,” she said. “The instructors at OFTC take the time to teach you right.”

Months later, Railey is weeks away from completing OFTC’s Cosmetology Diploma and finishing what she started as a high school senior and is ready to start her career as a master cosmetologist.

“While I was in the cosmetology program at OFTC, I apprenticed at a local salon and I’ll continue to work there after I get my master cosmetologist license,” Railey said.

Excited for what’s ahead, Railey knows she’s prepared for her new career thanks to the hands-on training she received as a student at OFTC. “I think doing all the hands-on and live clients really helps to show you what it will be like in a salon,” she added.

Railey completed OFTC’s Cosmetology program in April and will take her state board exam to become a licensed cosmetologist in May. She will participate in the College’s commencement ceremony in Dublin this June.

For more info about OFTC or the Cosmetology program visit the College’s website, OFTC.edu.

Hannah Railey started in OFTC's Cosmetology Program as a high school senior through the dual enrollment program. Now, she is weeks away from graduating and accomplishing her goals of becoming a master cosmetologist. Railey in the salon working on a mannequin's hair.
Hannah Railey started in OFTC’s Cosmetology Program as a high school senior through the dual enrollment program. Now, she is weeks away from graduating and accomplishing her goals of becoming a master cosmetologist.