[caption id="attachment_33632" align="aligncenter" width="810"]<img class="size-full wp-image-33632" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2018\/07\/NRCTC-grad-opens-salon.jpg" alt="" width="810" height="810" \/> Ashley Nichols at Studio A[\/caption]\r\n<h1>\u201cI\u2019ve always liked doing hair,\u201d Ashley Nichols explained. \u201cSince I was 12, I wanted to own a salon.\u201d<\/h1>\r\nNichols childhood dream came true in May when she opened Studio A at 765 Jefferson Street South in Lewisburg.\r\n\r\n\u201cI started school in a medical program, but it didn\u2019t take long for me to realize that it wasn\u2019t what I wanted to do,\u201d she said. \u201cSo, I began looking at beauty schools and found New River Community and Technical College\u2019s program. It was close to home and studying cosmetology was something that I had always been interested in.\u201d\r\n\r\nNichols completed her degree in cosmetology in 2015 and worked at Alison and Company before opening Studio A this year.\r\n\r\n\u201cThis isn\u2019t a 9 to 5 job, there are long hours and you have to be a people person, but this is where my heart was. I get to meet different people each day and make them feel beautiful.\u201d\r\n\r\nEven though Nichols has been out of school for a while, she still keeps in contact with her cosmetology instructors from New River CTC.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe talk often,\u201d she said. \u201cThey are great at what they do \u2013 they\u2019re wonderful educators and have wonderful personalities. They helped to prepare me for my dream job.\u201d\r\n\r\nNew River CTC\u2019s Certificate of Applied Science in Cosmetology is a focused, career-oriented program in the field of salon management and cosmetology. The program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary for careers in the field and exceeds the 1800 clock hours required by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Barbers and Licensing or certification of Cosmetologists Board.\r\n\r\nApplications for the cosmetology program along with esthetics, nail care technician and massage therapy programs at New River CTC\u2019s Greenbrier Valley Campus are being accepted until July 30, or the classes are filled.\r\n\r\n\u201cThese certificate programs are cost-effective and time-effective, to enable students to be ready for work sooner,\u201d explained Instructional Specialist for Cosmetology Lisa Carter. \u201cBut spaces are limited for these programs.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe nail care technician program can be completed in one semester, the esthetics and massage therapy programs can be completed in two semesters and the cosmetology program is a four semester program that can be completed in as little as 16 months.\r\n\r\nFor more information about these programs, visit newriver.edu or contact Carter at 304-793-3005. For information about admission to the college and other programs, call 1-866-349-3739 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.