Student Spotlight: Gina Steiner
Gina Steiner was a teenager when she experienced her first brush with cosmetology.
“My first job at 15 was in a beauty supply store in Whittier, Calif., where I grew up,” she said. “I remember it as a great time period in my life.”
However, she chose a different career path at first, earning a degree and working in health care. While she loved interacting with patients and advocating on their behalf, Steiner realized the profession just didn’t attract her as it once did.
She began thinking about cosmetology and how much she would enjoy working with customers, much like she worked with patients in health care. After researching schools, Steiner selected College of DuPage.
“COD has the best faculty, including advisors, that made it impossible to want any other school,” she said. “By offering both a degree and a certificate, COD enabled me to satisfy my desire for a stronger educational foundation by pursuing the degree. The incredible instructors inspired me to fulfill goals that I thought were not possible in this field.”
In 2016, Steiner competed in the Cosmetology category at the SkillsUSA Illinois state competition and took first place, qualifying for nationals. She also earned her Associate in Applied Science degree with High Honors.
Steiner currently is working in a salon at a retirement community and is expanding her travel salon services for the disabled and elderly in their homes. She also works as a professional tutor for the Cosmetology program at COD and is excited to give back to the school that has done so much for her.
“I don’t believe it is possible to get a finer education anywhere else. The cost is so low, and the educational opportunities are incredible,” she said. “The instructors are top professionals in their field and are incredibly talented. Many have experience in the entertainment field as well as being highly recognized in national competitions.
“Where can you go for this tuition and receive this level of training? COD only! So I thank everyone at COD for the incredible opportunity for a life-changing career. COD is the best thing that ever happened to me!”
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