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Vermont cosmetology students back in class

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WILLISTON, Vt. -

Students say they were left stunned after the Vermont College of Cosmetology suddenly closed its doors, but months later and under new leadership a grand opening brings students a cut closer to graduating.

Razors are humming and scissors are snipping during the grand opening of the O'Brien's Aveda Institute in Williston. For 20 cosmetology students, the day marks a step away from their former college and a step closer to graduation.

"I was very torn with the way things happened and where loyalties lay. So I was torn between two families," said Tyla Armstrong, a student.

After a fresh coat of paint, new leadership and a new curriculum, the institute has moved into what used to be home to the Vermont Cosmetology College. The college abruptly closed its doors in April citing financial troubles. There had been talks of a deal between VCC and the Aveda Institute that fell through last minute. VCC says it's unable to comment.

"We came over to the landlord and were able to lease the space because it was basically an abandoned space at that point. It was all set up and it was the quickest way for us to be able to get the students back into school, which was our biggest concern and our main goal," said Stacey Savage, the Williston Aveda Institute technical director.

Savage says the institute opened the new location with 20 former VCC students. After a month of uncertainty, the students were able to transfer all their hours and are back on track to graduate on time.

"It feels awesome because I get to graduate with all the same girls I was with before, so I'm really happy that we all got to stick together and they took us all in together and not one by one by one," said Kelli Cogger, a student.

"Things worked out, and you just have to stay positive about it. Because for a long time, we didn't know where to place our blame or our anger and really tore a lot of us down over the month, two months that we were closed," said Armstrong.

Although it's the end of an era for VCC, it's a new chapter for the future of these budding cosmetologists painting a path to a bright career.

The students are celebrating by inviting the community to raise money for Wigs for Kids, a charity to help children who have undergone cancer treatments.

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