Seniors enjoy pampering at CCC

Published 12:00 am Sunday, November 6, 2011

GETAWAY — This week local senior citizens had the chance for some major pampering.

Collins Career Center hosted its bi-annual Senior Citizens Day and pulled out all the stops for the visiting guests, from haircuts to car washes. CCC students from various departments ushered the seniors to their destinations and performed all the services.

“It is so uplifting to see what happens between the students and the seniors,” said Eva Christian, marking director for the school.

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Christian said well over 100 seniors joined CCC for the event.

Starting at 9 a.m. Friday, seniors were invited to have pastries and coffee prepared by the culinary department. From there, seniors had their pick of activities and services.

Automotive students offered car washes, air pressure checks on tires and belt and fluid inspections. Marketing students took photos of the seniors and showed them how to take digital photos. Health academy students gave health screenings, checked vital signs, height, weight, glucose and cholesterol.

But much of the action was in the cosmetology department, each service with its own waiting list.

“This is the most popular thing they do,” said Darlene Green.

Green is the site manger of the Sybene Senior Center. She said the center brought close to 50 seniors for the event.

“Twice a year we look forward to this,” she said. “They are so good with our seniors.”

Janet Brown and her husband, Thomas, of South Point, were both taking advantage of the cosmetology department’s services.

After her haircut and manicure, Janet waited on her paraffin hand wax to set.

“It makes your hands feel really smooth,” she said. “And it helps with my arthritis.”

Janet said she and her husband have participated in the senior day several times, and she even comes throughout the year to have her hair done.

“They treat us really nice,” Janet said. “I like to visit with people and the students are really nice.”

The cosmetology department also offered pedicures, facial waxing and scalp massages.

Requesting purple nail polish, Edna McClain, of South Point, was enjoying her first manicure at the CCC Senior Day.

“I’m proud of these ladies,” McClain said of the students. “They’ve really outdone themselves.”

It was also the first time pampering guests at senior day for Caternia Gossett, McClain’s manicurist. Gossett is a junior in the cosmetology department.

“I think this a good thing to do,” Gossett said. “I’ve enjoyed it. They deserve to be pampered.”