Councilwoman Tara Samples with students and graduates of Beyond Expectations Barber College
The Economic Development & Creation Committee met Eric Garrett, Sr., Director of Beyond Expectations Barber College (BEBC), to discuss a $32,500 grant agreement between BEBC and the City for operating, personnel and other expenses. BEBC holds an annual Barber Battle for local people, who cut hair without a license, to showcase their skills and awards scholarships to attend the barber college. This year two students were awarded scholarships. BEBC has a 100 percent passing rate at the Ohio Barber board and 87 percent placement rate for job placement after graduation. Forty graduates of BEBC are currently working in the Akron area, and traditionally, tuition costs $10,500 to attend.
The Housing Committee had a presentation from The Well Community Development Corporation, who wants to reverse the current housing statistics in the Middlebury community, in which only 25 percent of the homes are owner occupied. The Well CDC launched the 60 for 60 Campaign to rehab one home a month for 60 months last year. The Well CDC has asked for $1.4 million.