The Jacksonville Hospitality Institute helped land Dimonica Carter, 24, a job at DisneyWorld in Orlando. “I applied for Disney while I was in the class,” she said. “Within a week, they hired me.”
Dimonica was living in a women’s homeless shelter and taking cosmetology classes when she saw a flier about the LifePoint Career Institute and decided to enroll. She continued with cosmetology classes while learning to work in the hospitality industry and is now a cosmetologist working with the entertainment cast at Disney’s Magic Kingdom.
“I help the performers with hair and makeup, helping them look show-ready for our guests,” she says. She credits LifePoint with giving her skills and a foundation upon which to build a career. “The class was very uplifting,” she says, “It gave me great information and the people were so positive. It gave me hope and great skills.”
She has worked at Disney for a year now and loves it. “The job is demanding, but they love me. It really is a career. I appreciate where I am right now, but I can’t forget where I came from.”