Local Gloversville businessman to open barber school

Dust billows from the bed of a dump truck where debris is being loaded on it from the third floor of 17 N. Main St. in Gloversville on Monday. Local business owner Michael Medina is renovating the building to eventually open a barber school in it. (The Leader-Herald/Trevor Evans)

GLOVERSVILLE — Downtown will soon be home to a barber school, local business owner Michael Medina said.

Medina, who owns the Fulton County Barber Shop, has taken the first steps toward opening the school, which will occupy a spot at 17 N. Main St.

The training will take approximately eight to 12 months, with students who pass the course being certified in barbering by the state of New York.

Medina said his motivation for opening the school is for future barbers to have a place that they know will teach them how to cut hair properly and place them into the work force.

Medina says that historically, the costs of a barbering program can vary by area, depth and prestige, with costs ranging from several thousand dollars up to nearly $15,000.

However, funding will be available to qualifying students who want to take the course, Medina told the Leader-Herald.

In the meantime, construction is underway on the building which will house the school plus many more opportunities yet to be announced.

Medina’s goal is to have the school open by the end of 2021.

By Patricia Older

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