The Language Barrier: Overcoming Concerns
The Broken Arrow and Tulsa areas have been flourishing the past few years with new members coming into the community. Recently, we have been seeing an increase in applicants where English is not the language they learned first. This is often because they have immigrated from another country and are here in the USA on a resident visa, often called a green card or an I9 visa.
Broken Arrow Beauty College and Cosmetology Education Center want to welcome all students who have a passion for the beauty industry! Here is what you need to know about starting your education with us if you are in USA on a resident visa or an I9 visa.
The State Board
Here is what you need to know: the state board license written and practical exams are only given in English. You must be able to take the written and practical in English. We can’t change that, but what we can do is help you prepare for it.
What We Can Do
We want to help you work on getting your education. For starters, you must bring in your high school diploma or degree, even if it is not one from the U.S. If you don’t have one, you must enroll in class that will help you get your equivalent diploma or certificate to start with us.
If you have a foreign high school diploma or degree, schedule an appointment with our admissions team. We can help interpret your diploma or degree and determine its standing according to the state laws and our requirements. After everything is set and ready, we can get started on helping you enroll with us!
While our courses aren’t taught in any other languages, our instructors can help focus on you and your learning. During available one-on-one time in class, you can receive assistance in understanding the materials. Because we utilize the Pivot Point system, we have open market books that can help you translate English words into Spanish, if that is your preferred language. However, the test will be in English, so you must understand English!
Other materials in other languages are available for purchase outside of our school.
We want to remind students that there is demand for hairdressers, estheticians, and manicurists who speak other languages. In order to pass the state board license exam, you must understand and take the test in English. If you pass, you can use your first language to practice your craft!
Do not be discouraged. You may have heard that you are not eligible for financial assistance. That is not true. Financial aid may be available to those that qualify even on a visa. Schedule an appointment with us and we can see what we can do to help out!
We hope that we can relieve some of the concerns that some foreign students are facing. We want to welcome all students to apply! Contact us for more information on what we can do to help you.
Do you have any suggestions on what we can do to help you to pass the state board exams? Tell us in the comments, or contact us!