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5/17/2019 12:01:00 PM
Gaston College Cosmetology Instructor Earns Her AAS Degree
Photo Courtesy Gaston College
Photo Courtesy Gaston College

Stephanie Michael-Pickett, Gaston College
Director of Marketing and Public Relations

DALLAS, N.C. – Among the students who graduated on May 10 from Gaston College with an Associate Degree is Hazeline Dye, who was the first instructor in the College’s Cosmetology program when it began in 2006.

Dye began teaching at the Carolina Beauty College in 1993. She was teaching at the Empire Beauty School when Gaston College hired her based on her years of experience and the fact that was licensed as a Cosmetologist and a Cosmetology Instructor.

In recent years, it became a requirement that Cosmetology Instructors hold Associate Degrees, and Dye began working toward her Associate of Applied Science Degree in 2012. Now 71, and a wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Dye works part-time teaching basic Cosmetology classes on the Gaston College Lincoln Campus.

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“She was the first instructor hired when the Cosmetology program began,” said BreAnne Walker, Chairperson of Cosmetology, Esthetics, and Massage Therapy. “She is the Beginner class instructor and one of the best.”

Students in the Cosmetology program are trained in hairstyling, haircutting, chemical applications, various hair color services, wet setting, thermal styling, ethnic hairstyling, manicures, pedicures, artificial nails, artificial hair, and skin care services. “I teach the basics,” said Dye. “I enjoy getting the students started and then seeing them move on to master their skills.” She works in the Fall and Spring semesters and spends the summers relaxing with her family.

Dye has spent a good part of her life training students for careers in Cosmetology, and the Associate degree she is receiving is a reflection of her dedication to the profession.

The Gaston College graduation ceremony was held Friday, May 10, at Bojangles’ Coliseum in Charlotte.

About Gaston College --- Gaston College is one of 58 community colleges in the North Carolina Community College System. Serving both Gaston and Lincoln counties, Gaston College enrolls approximately 8,000 students each term in curriculum programs and averages over 17,000 annually in its Economic and Workforce Development and Continuing Education programs. Gaston College offers over 100 fields of study to obtain a degree, diploma or certificate. To learn more about the College’s services and programs, visit the Gaston College website at

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