First I would like to say that Regency-Southgate has a beautiful campus. The campus is what really made me want to come to Regency. I started attending Regency earlier this year and in my opinion they are extremely strict. I have been sent home and unable to clock back in, because I left a worksheet at home. Regency offers 2 late passes a month, which means that you can come late to class 2 times per month, if you were late after the 2 times, then you were unable to attend or get hours for class. The Southgate campus is the only campus in the Detroit-Metro Area. Because I am a part-time student (because I worked full-time) I always had to rush to get to school. The earliest I could leave work was 4:30, I had to be to class by 5:15. There were several instances in which I was late, due to construction or weather, in which I was not allowed to come to school because I exceeded my 2 late passes for that month. I work 40 miles from the school and since this is the only school available in the area, I would think that they would let you attend school. It seems odd to me that at a 4-year college or at a job, its better to come late than not at all. At Regency, if you are late more than 2 times, regardless of the reason, you miss out on classroom or floor time. I have missed a total of 10 days because I was stuck in traffic and would have made it to Regency at 5:30 instead of 5:15. They say that they are concerned about our education, but who turns away a student and prohibits them for learning because they are 15 minutes late. There are a lot of students that take the bus to school or do not have reliable transportation and in my opinion you should be able to enter school when you get there. Late is better than not at all. I understand the importance of being punctual, but sometimes you can not control construction, weather, or car problems.
In all honesty, I can say that I learned a lot in theory to pass state boards. I think Regency is a great school for teaching theory. When it comes to hairstyling, Regency does not teach hairstyles that are in "syle"! They only teach you want you need to pass state boards. On the floor consists of the following styling techniques: pincurls, fingerwaves, perm rods, roller sets, french rolls, relaxers and color (done with cholesterol-if you didnt have a client). For the money that I paid, I thought that they would have more class time on extensions, pony-tails, haircutting, and up-do's. People don't get roller sets or perm rods that often. I have learned how to do African-American hair by watching other stylists at other salons, looking on you-tube, and buying instructional hair dvd's and books. I honestly thought I would learn current hairstyles. Once finished at Regency, I still have to go stand along with another stylist to learn how to do current hairstyles. It's ridiculous.
We get a new handbook every 2 months because the rules keep changing. We were recently told that on our 15-min breaks we could not leave the building to go to the store next door. I feel as though Regency babysits a lot and worry about petty things. At a regular college or university, you can come to class or leave when you want. Not sure why they are making all these ridculous rules. Worry about the students safety. Why we can't have a security camera installed in the parking lot because students cars were being broken into.
Again, The facility is beautiful. The people are nice. I just expected more for the price that I paid. I should have done my research.