When he was 14-years old, Juan Carrillo’s uncle bought a pair of clippers and asked Juan for a haircut. He did such a good job that he continued cutting his uncle’s hair, then added other family members to the rotation. He quickly realized a passion for hair and vowed to get professional training when he was of age.
Last year, Carrillo enrolled in Metro Tech’s Cosmetology program tuition-free as a high school junior from ASTEC Charter High School. According to his Cosmetology teachers, Carrillo’s talent was apparent almost immediately. He maintained a 4.0 GPA all year; won a gold medal at his student organization’s state competition; and placed 2nd in the Men’s Clippering Competition during Oklahoma’s first Barbering and Cosmetology Expo hosted at Metro Tech.
Carrillo said professional training has taught him to work more efficiently.
“I’ve learned skills I didn’t know I was capable of executing. I enjoy the feeling of people leaving my chair happy and feeling their best,” he said.
Carrillo will be a senior at ASTEC in the fall, and will return to Metro Tech to complete his cosmetology training. He plans to own and operate a barber shop upon graduation and licensure.
Metro Tech is an Oklahoma technology school that offers free tuition to Oklahoma City Public Schools, Crooked Oak Public Schools and Millwood Public Schools students. Full-time and part-time training is offered for adult students, as well as customized Business & Industry training. For more information (405) 424-TECH.