Southeast Technical Cosmetology student earns rare opportunity with Salon Spa Professional Association 

Kayla Knospe Winona, MN (April 16, 2014) --  Minnesota State College – Southeast Technical Cosmetology student Kayla Knospe has been selected to participate in the Salon Spa Professional  Association's  "Students With Awesome Talent" (SWAT) team.  

The SWAT team consists of students enrolled at a licensed cosmetology school in Minnesota, who will now have the opportunity to work with masters in their area to advance their technical and artistic skills. The highlight of the SWAT Team’s involvement is the first-hand platform artistry experience they receive by participating behind the scenes at stage shows.  

Earning her place on the team through an application and interview process, Kayla is the first student to achieve this honor in the history of Southeast Technical Cosmetology program.  "This experience will expose Kayla to additional parts of the cosmetology industry in artistry and platform work, and will be a great networking opportunity as well," states Cosmetology Instructor Jodi Heim. 

Kayla adds, "I'm looking forward to learning new techniques and gaining confidence to further my education."  Kayla will participate in workshops and shows during the next eight months.

The Salon & Spa Professional Association is a community of salon professionals in the Upper Midwest connected by a common passion for learning, growing and raising the professionalism of the entire salon industry.  For more information, visit


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