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Watsonville High School seniors are shown Saturday readying for the prom. Shown here are Manny Cano (from right), Aubrey Arnold, Joshua Lechuga, AJ Escalante, Gisele and Natalia. More than 480 seniors boarded buses at their campus bound for the Stilwell Center in Marina for their prom. Due to recent storms, students that had to evacuate were assisted in preparing for the prom from various businesses and individuals, including Trudy’s Bridal of Campbell, Watsonville YWCA, Watsonville/Aptos/Santa Cruz Adult Education Cosmetology, Gavilan Community Cosmetology, Cut’n Curl, Haircutz Plus and anonymous donors. Photo: Tarmo Hannula/The Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE—A little more than one year ago, Watsonville/Aptos/Santa Cruz Adult School opened the county’s only beauty and cosmetology school.

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Watsonville High senior Edith Rincon gets her hair styled by cosmetology student Cecilia Santos at the Cosmetology class at Watsonville/Aptos/Santa Cruz Adult Education. Photo: Tarmo Hannula/The Pajaronian

The program is one of the school’s many offerings that include English classes, citizenship and certified nursing assistant certificates.

As part of the cosmetology program, students offer free services such as haircuts and manicures.

On Saturday, the students extended this by giving free hairstyles and makeovers to some of Watsonville High School’s senior girls who were preparing for their prom that night, but whose lives have been affected by the recent storms and floods.

“The girls didn’t have anywhere to go to have it done, so we volunteered,” said Edelia Garcia, who teaches the bilingual Spanish class. “It felt really good being able to service the girls.”

The Adult School program costs around $4,500, a fraction of the $30,000 such a program normally costs.

The Cosmetology students offer free haircuts, hairstyles and manicures Monday–Thursday from 12:45-4pm at 320 Rodriguez St.

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