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ASSETS Program Running Strong
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The cosmetology class being held at Riverbank High School through the ASSETs program began earlier this month with students learning several things about the industry including practicing different hair styles and techniques on doll heads. Photo Contributed

Riverbank High School ASSETs (After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens) program kicked off the Cosmetology class on March 1. The four-week course is taught by RHS alumni and Glam Salon business owner Kristal Austin. The class is full with 25 students and is held on Wednesdays on the RHS campus.

RUSD Program/Grant Assistant Manager, Vanessa Lopez, shared that students are learning about the cosmetology industry, how to run a business, career opportunities in the industry and gain hands on experience. Students recently practiced different hair styles and techniques on a doll head. The cosmetology class and parents will be given a tour of Glam Salon and Hometown Barbershop at the end of the course for a behind the scenes view of the business.

“Courses offered through the ASSETs program allow us to invest in our youth by creating a safe space for students to think about their future,” said Lopez.

The ASSETS program has delivered a variety of courses for students to participate in.

The Lego Building is ongoing every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in room 309 from 3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. where they are currently building the Globe and Starry Night by Van Gogh. The Circuit training room is open for students that want to work out on Tuesdays and Thursdays. There are mini canvases being made in the Art class on Wednesdays. There is an academic college tutor on campus to assist students.

Lopez said, “Students have full access to our college tutor who specializes in English, Spanish and Mathematics.”

There is also a game room for students to engage in an assortment of board games including What do you Meme family edition, Battleship, chess, Yahtzee, UNO, Loteria, JENGA, and 1000-piece puzzles.

“It’s a great opportunity for students to interact and spend time getting to know each other in a different setting,” stated Lopez.

For more information about the Riverbank High School, ASSETs program, contact Program Director, Vanessa Lopez at