Dolly Monroe Academy building self-esteem and brands
By Fadia Patterson Tampa UPDATED 6:42 AM ET Sep. 04, 2021 PUBLISHED 9:07 PM ET Aug. 30, 2021
What You Need To Know
The Dolly Monroe Beauty Academy is one of the only esthetician schools in Tampa
The academy is currently in the process of obtaining a Title IV Certification to allow students to use federal financial aid to pay for their education
265 students have graduated from the academy so far
The academy has current openings for new students
The Dolly Monroe Beauty Academy is also instilling confidence in students to build their own brands.
"Education, Advocacy and support," founder Dolly Monroe says those are the pillars she lives by when it comes to giving back to her community via her beauty academy.
The concept for the school came from what she felt was missing as she pursued the same education.
"I wanted to focus on what my needs were because I know that there were many people that did not want to do hair services, but wanted to focus on aesthetics: skin care, waxing those types of skin care services where those are the priority."
Hands on learning was also a priority for Monroe.
During the pandemic students also had the option to continue their studies via zoom.
The Dolly Monroe brand didn't happen without adversity. Monroe overcame trauma and uses her story to inspire students.
"I am a woman who is a survivor of sexual assault. I really went into a dark space," said Monroe. "A child attached to my hip at 19 and I still managed to pursue my dreams and goals."
To date, 265 students have graduated from the academy.
Jaydee Valdez is a new student looking to do the same.
"Honestly, I'm really happy and I can't wait for this next chapter of my life," said Valdez.
"I'm a person who is willing to do the work to make it possible for other young women that are coming in," said Monroe. "I persevered through all of those challenges. It lead me to begin to respect and honor the women that are in our industry even more because I know what it's like to be a woman and also to have to overcome those adversities."
The Dolly Monroe Beauty Academy is currently in the process of obtaining a Title IV Certification which would allow students to use federal financial aid to pay for their education.
The academy has current openings for new students.
The area’s only nationally-accredited esthetic and makeup artistry school allowing graduates to obtain their esthetic license in as little as seven weeks, is projected to gross $1 million in revenue in 2021.