“I’ve learned that dreams and opportunities can come about in the most unexpected ways. I thought I didn’t want to be a cosmetologist like my mother, but I discovered I loved it: the art, the teaching, the business, the feeling I get when people tell me they feel confident with the look I’ve given them. It’s gratifying and I want people to do away with misconceptions and realize that cosmetology and barber are really one of the best businesses to be in with the right education and the right attitude.” –Thu Le, Co-founder of Jade College.
Jade Beauty and Barber College was established in 2007 by founders, Thu (Evyonne) Le and Raymond Tran.
Meet Mrs. Thu
It all started at the age of 10, when Thu spent her days cleaning her mother’s salon in Vietnam. It was her mother’s wish that Thu would one day be a cosmetologist like herself, but Thu had dreams of her own: becoming a doctor. To garner her mother’s support, Thu agreed to first get a cosmetology degree. At 18, Thu did exactly that, while continuing to study hard to achieve her own dreams.
Meet Mr. Raymond
Born and raised in Vietnam, and moving to California in his early 20s, Raymond received an associate degree in both accounting and computer engineering. As a computer technician, he would come to work for companies like IBM (now Hitachi) and Quantum for 20 years. However, his real dream was to one day start his own business.
The Beginning of Jade College:
Thu received a California cosmetology license, worked part-time at a salon, then a beauty school on the weekends, and took classes during the week with the intent of being a doctor.
Raymond worked as a computer technician.
Their priorities changed, Raymond quitted his job because of unappreciated boss . He thought of doing a business. Thu was encouraging Raymond take Nail care program because she saw it as an opportunity to open his own business.
Together with Raymond’s accounting and business background and Thu’s expertise in cosmetology and barber, they opened Jade Beauty and Barber College.
Raymond became the school’s principal and his own boss, something he never would have dreamed of. Thu didn’t become a doctor, but she discovered a new side to cosmetology she had never known before — as a business owner, instructor, cosmetologist, and Barber— and enjoyed every ounce of it. Opening the college became a new dream in itself, and Thu and Raymond have never been more content. That is why it is Jade College’s wish and mission to make your dreams come true too.