Who’s number one? Jaleisa Shantel is the first person to graduate from the Cedar Rapids – La’ James International College Campus.
Being the first person to do something is pretty special. Many of us weren’t born in time to have a chance at being the first person to accomplish this thing or that. George Washington already served as our first president. Neil Armstrong stepped foot on the moon over 40 years ago. And Amelia Earhart became the first female to fly over the Atlantic Ocean before most of us were alive.
Jaleisa Shantel took claim to her own “first” when she became the first student to graduate from the new La’ James International College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
AND SHE DID IT TWO WEEKS EARLY!
“It feels good,” the proud new licensed esthetician told us.
When Jaleisa toured the school, it was still undergoing construction and was basically empty. But she saw LJIC’s potential and knew she could reach her own potential there.
“I decided to enroll at La’ James International College because I was impressed by the curriculum,” she said. “In my heart I knew that LJIC felt like the college I needed to be at. Everything happened so quickly & before I knew it I was pursuing my dreams to becoming a licensed esthetician [and] makeup artist.”
Jaleisa passed the Iowa Boards Exam and is currently working at Ulta Beauty in Cedar Rapids. Since her graduation, she’s been promoted to Prestige and Beauty Advisor because clients want to work with a licensed esthetician. Right now, she’s looking into her next career move, doing some freelance work and building her portfolio. She wants to become a makeup master.
“I’m looking forward to making some really big moves and changing lives through beauty.”
Becoming a makeup master might take a little more schooling, but Jaleisa said that it will make her even more marketable.
“It’s the next step,” she said. “I’m really happy with my choice of LJIC.”
Which makes sense because La’ James International College is really happy with her as well.
“We’re very proud of Jaleisa,” said Jim Hunter, LJIC College Administrator in Cedar Rapids. “She deserves this honor, and we’re looking forward to watching her career unfold. We know she’ll do great things.”
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