This month we are recognizing Terry Bennett, as our featured employee, in the Brooksville campus. Terry is a graduate of our Barber Stylist program, and now works here as our front desk coordinator. Terry’s work ethic and personality, make him more than deserving of this recognition. With every change or obstacle that has come since he began, he has faced it with determination and a solution. Not to mention the light that he brings to the position. He goes above and beyond to ensure not only client satisfaction, but also being there to support our students. Terry has done it all, from the basic duties of running our front desk, up to leading field trips for our students, and being an invaluable asset during special events.
We went to Terry and asked him a few questions about his time here, and here is what he had to say!
Tell me how you first got involved with Bene’s Career Academy
I first got involved with Bene's when I came in and checked about the Barber program. I signed up and became a Barber Stylist in just over 10 months. I focused on the task at hand and stayed the course. I was retired from the Fire Department so I did not have to work a job while I attended school in the evenings but I have nothing but support for those out there who work or are raising kids and going to school. I am sure it can be a challenge, but anything worthwhile takes effort. I truly believe it.
What was your first impression of Bene’s Career Academy?
My first impression of this school was that was a very nice, clean campus with an outgoing and friendly staff. I was never pressured about enrollment and made to feel comfortable through the whole process, Katie did an excellent job getting me signed up.
When you last participated in one of Bene’s special events, how did that make you feel?
I love the community involvement that Bene's puts forth. We spend many hours in the community cutting hair or setting up at events for information or helping out the homeless. I believe that this kind of involvement starts with our owner Mr. Bene and how he wants to help and support the less fortunate in our communities. And, that is well received and encouraged by our Campus Director April Ozark. She is a very thorough, example setting, supportive and motivating Boss who I am proud to work for. She leads by example and that is getting to be a rare quality these days.
What is your favorite part of working at Bene’s?
My favorite part of this job is inventory. Not really, I like that I get to meet new people daily and it makes my day when someone will remember me by name like we are old friends. You never get a second chance to make a good first impression and I try to remember that at all times.
Being a graduate of Bene’s, what advice would you give students beginning their programs?
If I had the opportunity to give a new student some advice I would say "stay focused" and "time management". Those are the two most important things that seem to get lost in the process. I get it, it's long and difficult but once again, nothing worthwhile is ever easy.
If you weren’t in your current position, what would you be doing instead, or what would your life be like?
I wonder myself sometimes if I wasn't here what would I be doing and I honestly don't know. I retired from the Fire Department and now I'm here. Maybe I would go hike the Appalachian Trail. Its on my bucket list!
Oh, and if I could change one thing about the school I would call it "Bennett's Career Academy". I used to tell my customers when I went here that I was the owner and we shortened the name to Bene…
So we say Thank You to Terry. You're truly valued here, and we wouldn't trade you for the world! Don't leave us for the trails to soon! ;)