Aubri Gazaway
GNTC Cosmetology student Aubri Gazaway gives a client a haircut at the William s. Davies Homeless Shelter.


Students from Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) Cosmetology program on the Floyd County Campus recently volunteered their time and talent to the William S. Davies Homeless Shelter in Rome.


The students provided free haircuts to people in need during Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday as part of an initiative developed by Southern Company to give back to the community.


“The students jumped at the opportunity to be a part of this once we heard about it,” said Susan Stephens, instructor of Cosmetology at GNTC. “It didn’t matter that it was during a holiday, every one of them showed up.”


In addition to the haircuts, clients also were provided with personal hygiene bags with supplies donated by Dr. John Beninato and his staff and Paris Beauty Supply.


“One of the best things about the field of Cosmetology is we acquire a talent so we can provide this sort of service to the community,” said Anna Williams, instructor of Cosmetology at GNTC.

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The GNTC Cosmetology students that participated in the community service at the William S. Davies Homeless shelter are: Back row (from left to right) Nakesha Hayes, Allison Roebuck, Priscilla Martin, Marisa Sanchez, and Doralee Burnes. Front Row (from left to Right) Amelia Marks, Gabby Boyd, Aubri Gazaway, and Christine Daniel.

Participating students included: Gabby Boyd, Doralee Burnes, Christine Daniels, Aubri Gazaway, Nakesha Hayes, Amelia Marks, Priscilla Martin, Allison Roebuck, and Marisa Sanchez.


Katie Bishop, instructor of Cosmetology at GNTC, also led the students alongside Williams and Stephens.


According to Stephens, Cosmetology students and instructors plan to make community service an ongoing part of the program.


“I think the students left the shelter with more than they came in with,” said Stephens. “It was just a great day all around.”


The William S. Davies Homeless Shelter works solely on contributions with no government assistance. For more information about the William S. Davies Homeless Shelter visit the web site or call (706) 622-5622.


Georgia Northwestern Technical College provides quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. Students have the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree, diploma, or a certificate in business, health, industrial, or public service career paths. This past year, 13,734 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,876 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 5,858 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.