Tara Bone, contributing writer
Though Paul Mitchell the School in Logan has a new location at the Cache Valley Mall, the locally owned and operated school’s principles of service and quality education are the same as they’ve always been. In fact, there’s more to this beauty school than what initially meets the eye.
Devri Ficklin, Logan’s Paul Mitchell the School director, has worked with Paul Mitchell for 18 years, six of those at the Logan school. Devri says the school has changed the lives of students and provided a world of opportunity for graduates. The key to their success is top-notch education and community service.
“Our number one goal is quality education,” Devri said. “We have graduated a lot of successful stylists and salon owners. We are dedicated to excellence of education and serving the community.”
The school has between 80-90 students, nine program educators, and a total of 16-18 employees. Programs offered at Logan’s Paul Mitchell the School includes cosmetology, barbering, esthetics, nails, and teacher training.
The school has placed stylists throughout Utah and all across the nation, including cities in Georgia, Florida, Nevada, and California. Devri said it’s been exciting to watch the reputation of the school grow and see students meet their goals. Before coming to Logan, Devri traveled as a success coach for Paul Mitchell, but says she’s a “teacher #1.”
“I love to see students who are brand new and watch them take baby steps to success,” Devri said.
Over the years, some of the school’s students have overcome adversity to pursue their dreams and graduate after working with the Logan Paul Mitchell team. Devri recalls a student who served jail time before making positive life changes and today owns a thriving day spa.
Devri believes the school’s success can be attributed to the fact that students are held to high standards and that service is intertwined in everything that’s done at the school.
“Our job as a beauty industry is to get out and serve the public,” Devri said. “We are here to serve.”
And serve they do. Each year the school sets a goal to raise between $15,000 and $20,000 for two local community charities and funds to help students with extra education, counseling, or other approved needs that don’t include tuition.
Funds from last year and this year will be donated to Little Lambs Foundation and The Family Place.
This year’s funding season, which typically runs from February to April was cut short due to COVID-19. The school had raised $12,800 between February and March 18. Since returning on May 12, they’ve picked up right where they left off to meet their goal.
Throughout the year, the school does other community fundraisers. These include cut-a-thons, bake sales, glitter and face-painting booths at the county fair, and even a Charles Dickens’ Christmas program. For the holiday fundraiser, students transformed the school into a walk-through of Dickens’ London. Devri points out that the school covers the cost of all fundraising efforts, so 100% of all proceeds go to the fundraisers.
Devri says the students’ favorite service is providing haircuts and manicures for residents at Logan’s
and The Black Smith Fork Assisted Living Center in Hyrum. She says it’s the thing students have missed the most during the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 temporarily closed the school, but Devri says their instructors met the challenge, and classes kept going. Online classes were offered to students since March 24.
When students return, the school will take extra precautions to keep students safe, and when doors open to the public guests will visit the new facility. Devri says they will experience the best and “the pedi sinks will knock your socks off!”
Visit paulmitchell.edu/logan for more information about service hours.