Yvette Ami Alumnus of the month at NPC
A natural talent for doing hair was refined through NPC's Cosmetology Program into a valuable career for Winslow native Yvette Ami. She was honored Tuesday, Feb. 13 by the Navajo County Community College District Governing Board as the Northland Pioneer College President's Alumnus of the Month for her own success and her encouragement of others to pursue their education.
Ami "kinda" grew up in Winslow, moving away for a short time then returning to attend junior and senior high. She completed her GED through the Winslow Indian Center while working at the center and training at Yellow Front as a cashier. As a favor for family and friends she would cut and style their hair. "Doing hair comes naturally to me," Yvette said. She was encouraged to formally study and receive her cosmetology license.
"That's when I read something in the paper about NPC offering cosmetology training in Winslow. I decided to apply and started the program late in 1987. I really enjoyed the classes," added Yvette. She earned her Certificate of Applied Science from NPC in 1988 and successfully completed the state Board of Cosmetology exam.
She has been working as a licensed cosmetologist ever since, supporting her family of four children as a single parent. Yvette is currently at Attitudes by Tina, performing a full line of cosmetology services, including hair, nails and facials, and has worked at several salons in the Winslow area. Many of her cosmetology classmates come to her when they need hair services. "I attend the regional hair shows every year to keep up with the latest trends and techniques," she said.
When a long-time patron recently inquired about the quality of training at NPC, Yvette was quick to point out that she was a graduate of the NPC program and that her customers keep coming back. Her advocacy for NPC extends to its academic programs as well. "I encourage every one to continue their education," Yvette said, including her daughter Estephana who started taking NPC classes in the fall.
Asked about her own plans to continue her education, Yvette replied, "I'm too busy making other people beautiful to take classes!" But then she quickly adds she is considering taking a computer class at NPC now that two of her four kids are on their own. Still at home are Leticia Chavez and Christian Ami.
Spending time with her children and two grandchildren is one of Yvette's favorite pasttimes. She also enjoys lifting weights and going out to movies, dancing or just to have a good time.
"I think Yvette is a wonderful example of someone who has used NPC to improve and sustain her life," commented Heidi Fulcher, director of developmental programs at NPC, in nominating Ami for the Alumnus award.
The Alumnus of the Month Award honors former NPC students who serve as examples to others in their commitment to higher education. Nominations are solicited from the general public and NPC faculty and staff. To submit a nomination, contact Terri Tubbs, assistant to the president, at the NPC District Office, 524-7613, or toll-free (800) 266-7845.
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