New Location Opens to Support Students at Echo Glen Detention Center
Evergreen Beauty College has partnered with the Department of Youth and Corrections to open a campus at the Echo Glen Juvenile Detention Center in Snoqualmie, Washington.
Inspired by Evergreen Beauty College alumni and the staff members at Echo Glen Juvenile Detention Center, the mission is to help guide the residents in the program by preparing them to obtain a high school diploma and pave a path to a promising career.
The founders and alumni of Evergreen Beauty College believe in reframing the future outlook for students who need extra guidance.
“We hope our involvement will help individuals believe in themselves and become something greater than they could imagine. We’re excited for the success of these individuals and the impact they will have on our industry and our local communities.” said Joe Trieu, president of Evergreen Beauty College.
The state-funded program will be administered and instructed by Evergreen Beauty College staff.
Felice Davis, Assistant Secretary at Washington Department of Children, Youth, and Families shared, “I am so proud that we created one more opportunity for young people to discover their greatness. Like I said in my speech—I did hair for years, it’s a great career and also can be a stepping stone to other things. Watching young women brimming with excitement and belief in themselves was phenomenal.”
Thi Trieu is the founder of Evergreen Beauty College. Her story helps her celebrate the philosophy that people, at any age, can learn new skills and create successful careers even amid obstacles. Thi Trieu came to America in 1975 as a refugee. She studied cosmetology, opened her salon, and later took over Evergreen Beauty College, following her calling to become an instructor. Thi Trieu has a youthful and wise sensibility with an entrepreneurial spirit. She has done mediation & yoga every day for 25 years and learned to play piano at age 58. Thi has five children and 19 grandchildren.
Thi Trieu has passed down her optimistic and sagely philosophy to her children, who help support Evergreen Beauty College and believe that their students can meet mountain-size goals and live full and rich lives.
Evergreen Beauty College has comprehensive programs teaching students how to learn the fundamentals and develop skills in advanced techniques.
Vocational training will help students in the Echo Glen program bridge the desire to learn with a strong set of skills and a good work ethic. Students will leave the program with a sense of accomplishment and an elevated sense of self-worth.
The curriculum is similar to what is offered at Evergreen campuses, with bonus personal development courses. Students are trained in business administration and preparation for state board examinations. The only difference between the traditional campus setting and Echo Glen Juvenile Detention Center is students will get the chance to practice on other Echo Glen staff members in lieu of the public.
Like all other locations, this campus is approved and licensed by the Washington State Department of Licensing. It is not a nationally accredited program like the other six campuses.
The projected demand for barbers, hair stylists, and cosmetologists will increase by 19% in the next ten years. Students following their passion and learning skills will have hopeful futures awaiting them.
The staff of Evergreen Beauty College has a quest to unearth the self-worth, dignity, and confidence of students participating in this program. The first group of students started in April 2022.
Learn more about Evergreen Beauty College and everything it has to offer, including a comprehensive course load, supportive staff and instructors, and a creative space to learn and thrive.