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“…for people who are not adept or who left school short of a credential, it’s going to be a serious problem to try to figure out what they need in terms of education and training, when they need it, and where to get it.” said Michelle Weise, chief innovation officer of the Strada Institute for the Future of Work.
Transportation issues are a significant contributor to our students being unable to complete their programs.
Each month, students line up before 7 am at the Emily Griffith Treasury Office in the hopes of being one of the few who receives a monthly pass when the Treasury Office opens at 9 am.
When Michael Lucero was in high school, he made some extra money cutting his friends’ hair.
Now, 15 years later, he and his brother Moses, along with their best friend Sean Martinez, have their own shop. The Steel + Lather Barber Co is located in downtown Denver, just two blocks from Union Station.
All three are graduates of Emily Griffith Technical College’s Barbering program, where they learned not only a craft, but also a passion for the profession.
When you visit their shop — open to men, women, and children — you’re greeted like a guest, and not just a customer. You experience their pride in ownership and their enthusiasm for the work they do.
They said, “We wanted our own identity, not just to open another Joe’s Barbershop.”
The shop, which they designed themselves, is a combination of contemporary and retro styles.
Old-fashioned reclining barber chairs with headrests beckon to a gent who might like a close shave with hot lather and a straight-edged razor, like in the old movies. In fact, all haircuts finish up with warm lather and a back-of-the-neck razor trim.
Patrons who prefer sitting upright can get a traditional haircut, head shave, Mohawk, beard trim, or any possible variation in between.
They’ve only been open for seven months, but are 80-100% booked most days.
Once the shop neared completion, they notified friends and family members via social media, but also wore out a lot of shoe leather walking around the immediate neighborhood to hand out business cards.
“We continue to learn from one another,” Michael said. “You don’t go to school and not add additional skills later on. We leased this place for five years, with an option to renew for another five. We plan on being here for awhile.”
Challenging circumstances that might be dismissed by some as an inconvenience or a minor obstacle (a car in need of repair; a moderate increase in rent; a change in child care arrangements) were insurmountable hurdles for our students putting everything they had into their education.