Bakersfield Barber Shop College prepares future small business owners
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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Hundreds of people are making the switch and leaving their regular 9 to 5 jobs for an opportunity to run their own business. Students are learning responsibility, investment and communication skills, all by providing a service that's needed almost everyday.
Faded City Barber Shop is just one of the many businesses owned and operated by young people who strive everyday to be successful in a very competitive field.
About sixty men and women fill a classroom inside the Bakersfield Barber College, on their way to becoming entrepreneurs.
"Jobs are really hard to come by now a days, but everybody needs a haircut, everybody and there's more than enough to go around," said school manager Rene Ambriz.
The school isn't just fun and games, becoming a barber takes structure and plenty of discipline.
"People say they are going to be here at 8am, then be here at 8. If they are not, I lock up and if they've done if more than twice, of course I'll tell them to go home for the day," said vice-president John Moreno.
The majority of students live outside Bakersfield and have decided on a new career path, for many reasons.
"The appeal for me is just pretty much being able to try and better yourself, and trying to succeed," said militarly veteran Eddie Gonzales.
"I'll have more time for my kids because I can set my own hours. My kids are growing up. I have one in high school and junior high, a sixth grader and i just want to be there more for them," said student Sandra Sanchez.
"Being able to talk freely, having a good time and laughing all day long," said Aaron Ashford for his reason at signing up for the school.
Students take 1500 hours of study to prepare for the state board exam, a test that leads to running their own shops.
"You learn on your own, basically," said graduate Tiffany Velasco who runs Faded City Barber Shop.
And its where they develop new skills to make their own business run successfully.
"I started cutting my brother's hair, all my brothers hair during high school and I just liked it and started it off to fall back on and I just stuck with it," she said.
Faded City Barber Shop sees more than twenty people a day, giving graduates a chance to use their talent while finally seeing the benefits.
"It's brought me enough money. It gets me out of trouble and it's good in my book," said barber Charlie Vargas.
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