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Student Spotlight: Gina Steiner

Gina Steiner

Gina Steiner
Major: Cosmetology

Gina Steiner was a teenager when she experienced her first brush with cosmetology.

“My first job at 15 was in a beauty supply store in Whittier, Calif., where I grew up,” she said. “I remember it as a great time period in my life.”

However, she chose a different career path at first, earning a degree and working in health care. While she loved interacting with patients and advocating on their behalf, Steiner realized the profession just didn’t attract her as it once did.

She began thinking about cosmetology and how much she would enjoy working with customers, much like she worked with patients in health care. After researching schools, Steiner selected College of DuPage.

“COD has the best faculty, including advisors, that made it impossible to want any other school,” she said. “By offering both a degree and a certificate, COD enabled me to satisfy my desire for a stronger educational foundation by pursuing the degree. The incredible instructors inspired me to fulfill goals that I thought were not possible in this field.” 

In 2016, Steiner competed in the Cosmetology category at the SkillsUSA Illinois state competition and took first place, qualifying for nationals. She also earned her Associate in Applied Science degree with High Honors.

Steiner eventually would like to merge her health care and cosmetology background and run a small non-surgical hair replacement business. She would even like to return to COD as a part-time instructor because of everything the school has given to her.

“I don’t believe it is possible to get a finer education anywhere else. The cost is so low, and the educational opportunities are incredible,” she said. “The instructors are top professionals in their field and are incredibly talented. Many have experience in the entertainment field as well as being highly recognized in national competitions.

“Where can you go for this tuition and receive this level of training? COD only! So I thank everyone at COD for the incredible opportunity for a life-changing career.”

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