Tommy Millsaps | The Advocate & Democrat
Nicole Layman and Peighton Rooker are two of 25 students at the new Sweetwater Institute of
|Published: 9:46 AM, 09/16/2013
Author: Tommy Millsaps
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
SWEETWATER-For Misty Pina it is all
She wants others to have the same
opportunities she had when she started a career in cosmetology.
Pina recently opened the Sweetwater
Institute of Cosmetology on East North Street (Sweetwater-Vonore
Road) in the same building she studied cosmetology under Linda
Jenkins several years ago.
The building at one time housed
Jenkins' school then off and on was the home to several salons.
Pina has had her own salon in Vonore
for several years, but she wanted to help others. Pina went to
Jenkins a couple of years ago and told her about her dream to have
her own school.
"She told me to start a file," Pina said. "She told me what a needed to start doing. Linda set
a wonderful example."
Pina did just that, making contacts,
acquiring information and preparing herself for the future. Earlier
this year she acquired the school she once studied in and her
preparation paid off. She has been amazed at how quickly she was able
to get state approval and move forward with starting Sweetwater
Institute of Cosmetology.
"I didn't plan on doing it this
soon," Pina admits.
With the help of her husband and sons,
the building was remodeled and the school opened just after Labor Day
with more than two dozen students eager to learn.
Pina said the students come from all
walks of life and are of varying ages. Some are single mothers trying
to get ahead. Pina tries hard to work with students and make sure no
matter what the obstacles, they are provided a very affordable
education in a field where they can make a good living.
Pina said community support has been
tremendous and that the new Walmart is excited at the opportunity to
work with her school, which can provide a supply of good employees
for the store's salon. She said the high
schools are also excited about the training she can provide their
Pina plans for her students to be able
to provide low-cost haircuts to the public beginning in November. She
hopes to soon be able to provide nail services as her students train
to the community, particularly seniors and others who do not have
access to that service. The building is laid our perfectly for not
only training for hair cutting but nail licenses as well.
New classes will begin again in January
and Pina hopes to open new classes more regularly after the first of
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