Four inmates at Valley State Prison for Women (VSPW) successfully passed the State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology licensing examination June 21. All are now licensed by the state as cosmetologists.
With their addition, VSPW has produced seven licensed cosmetologists through the vocational cosmetology class.
“It was like I was getting my license again,” said Carmen Shehorn, vocational instructor for the cosmetology program, which requires approximately two years to complete. “All the hard work was worth it, and I am so proud that these inmates were able to obtain a skill that will assist them outside of prison.”
One of the inmates, with four children between the ages of 8 and 15, is scheduled to be released this year.
“This will change my life forever because I can now take care of my children,” she said.
Walter Miller, acting Warden, expressed pride in the effort the four female offenders had put forth.
“A big part of rehabilitation is reaching your goals and being rewarded for hard work,” Miller said. “The license these women have received will open a door to a new pathway for success.”