Meet the Staff: Kimberly Gutierrez, Admissions Advisor

Enrolling in beauty school can be an exciting and intimidating process for many people. Cosmetology, barbering, and esthetics programs are full of new experiences, new friends, and new opportunities, so making sure you’re making the right choice and have all the support you need is critical. One of the most important sources of support for our students comes from Kimberly Gutierrez, the Admissions Advisor here at Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy. She is a major help to all of the incoming students at the school and tries to make sure they’re set up for success. We recently had the chance to talk to Kimberly and hear her story, so hopefully she can inspire you as much as she inspires us and our students!

Kimberly’s Story

Kimberly had an interest in learning cosmetology like many of the other bright, passionate people that walk through our doors. She took a tour of Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy and was interested in applying, but she was worried about the financial details and was unsure of the financial aid application process. The entire thing was so intimidating that she didn’t even want to tell her parents about it. Because her uncertainty, Kimberly decided not to enroll in beauty school, but had fallen in love with Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy all the same.

After her experience touring the school, Kimberly went to work at Macy’s corporate office. She spent most of her time on the phone with people, which turned out to be an important skill when she moved eventually joined the Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy team. She worked hard at Macy’s, but eventually felt like her opportunities were too limited. When the opening at Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy became available in admissions, Kimberly made the jump! She has since proven to be an outstanding member of the team, and has been relatable to many incoming students because of her own experience touring our campus.

Kimberly’s Role at Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy

Kimberly has been working as the admissions advisor at Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy for a few months now. Her day-to-day routine begins with calling new leads over the phone. She introduces herself and asks the person if they have specific questions about the programs at the school. She starts by answering those questions and then offers more information from there. She will invite them to take a tour of the school within in a day or two so the prospective student can visit us with questions fresh in their mind.

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After wrapping up her morning calls, Kimberly conducts tours of the school. This is a great chance for her to get to know the students and help them feel at home. First impressions are extremely important! This is also Kimberly’s first opportunity to introduce students to the financial aid* process and the options they have. She lets the financial aid department review the paperwork and make sure everything is ready to go.

The tour ends with setting up another follow-up appointment for the student to finalize their paperwork. Kimberly works together with the financial aid department to make sure all the documentation is as simple as possible, and they help the student through the enrollment process.

Making a Difference for Students

Many students are nervous because they don’t know what to expect. Some students come with a little experience, while other students have none at all. Students all learn together, so Kimberly tries to help students of all levels feel comfortable and confident. She most enjoys seeing students go through that transition and become bright, excited beauty professionals. Kimberly’s advice for future students rings back to her own experience enrolling in beauty school:

”Many students are stopping because they’re anxious about money, but nothing is impossible. There’s always a way to pay for beauty school, it’s just a matter of starting. If you don’t start you won’t know what the end result will be.”

Kimberly’s advice is excellent because where there’s a will, there’s a way! She works closely with financial aid to help students make their dreams happen, and yours could be next!

Start at Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy

Do you feel like you’re being held back from pursuing the career and future you dream about? Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy is where you can learn hair, skin, and more to become a licensed beauty professional. Contact us today to learn more about our programs in cosmetology, esthetics, barbering, and makeup artistry today!

*Financial aid is available to those who qualify.