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Barber School Helps Mirando Find Success

Rita MirandoA graduate of the Pitt Community College Continuing Education Division’s barber school, Rita Mirando came to Greenville after Hurricane Mitch ravaged her home country of Honduras. The 45-year-old mother of five was essentially homeless upon her arrival and worked several low-paying jobs to make ends meet.

Though she intended to enroll in cosmetology courses at PCC, Mirando could not afford them. So when she heard about Pitt’s barber program, she enrolled and, upon completing her training, went on to receive her barber’s license.

Today, Mirando makes a good living and is quite successful serving a Latin American clientele in her new hometown. She says barber school gave her more self-confidence and taught her what she needed to know about modern haircuts and providing good customer service.

In November 2008, PCC recognized Mirando as an Outstanding Graduate during the college’s President’s Reception.