Tenacious and strong-willed females run in the bloodline for the Pierce family. The mother-daughter pair of Robin Curry Pierce and Christian Pierce White, both graduates of the technical college in Griffin, credit their education as part of their abilities to successfully run their respective businesses.
“Being an entrepreneur is hard work, but if you want it bad enough you can do it,” Robin Pierce said. Robin graduated from Griffin Technical College* in 1986 with a diploma in Cosmetology. That same year, she also graduated from Griffin High School and went to work immediately. Since her graduation from Griffin Technical College, she has worked in hair salons for 25 years, including owning her own shop.
"I worked with the top hairdressers in this town, including Kim Rawlins, who is now the program coordinator for the Southern Crescent Technical College Cosmetology Department,” Robin said.
Robin is married to Dwight, and the couple are parents to two adult children and three grandchildren. Robin and Dwight have been the co-owners of Curry’s Collision Center in Griffin for 20 years and co-owners of Hill’s Tire Store in Griffin for five years.
Robin said that both the hair and the automotive industries are ever-changing. Her customer service skills she learned in college made the transition easy for her to shift from her salon to the office at Curry’s Collision Center.
Her daughter, Christian, graduated from Griffin Christian High School in 2014 and earned a diploma in Cosmetology in 2016 from Southern Crescent Technical College. Christian worked at a local salon while she earned her credentials and was employed full time after graduation. White said her training, as well as the instructors from SCTC, fully prepared her for her job as a master stylist. “It’s almost the same thing, just a different group of people,” Christian said.
Five months after graduation, Christian was in a near-fatal auto accident where she suffered a fractured vertebrae that required her to be out of work for six months. Once she recovered, she knew she wanted to return to work.
“I give God all the glory for my recovery and my life. I love making people look and feel good,” Christian said. “The smile on their face is everything. Being in the hair industry is a beautiful way for me to be able to use my creativity to help others. Make sure you love what you do!”
Christian opened her own salon, HiStyler 2, this year in Griffin, where she is the owner and master stylist. She is married to Zach White, and the couple are parents of Cash, their 6-month old son.
Do you know any alumni of Southern Crescent Technical College (formerly Flint River Tech or Griffin Tech) who contribute to their community and inspire others to do the same? We’d like to reach out to them as a potential spotlight as well. Send their name and contact information to Foundation@sctech.edu.
*Southern Crescent Technical College was formed in 2010 as a result of a merger between Flint River Technical College in Thomaston and Griffin Technical College in Griffin. Southern Crescent Technical College is a public, accredited, two-year post-secondary college serving the workforce and community needs of the citizens of the South Atlanta region including Butts, Fayette, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Pike, Spalding, and Upson counties. Currently offering over 200 programs in the areas of allied health, business, computers, technical/industrial and professional and personal services, Southern Crescent Technical College trains students in the latest technology through programs that are specifically designed to meet the needs of local business and industry. From short certificate programs to diploma programs to associate degree credit programs, the College offers students the state-of-the-art training needed for students to make a swift transition into the workforce and help stimulate the economic growth and development of this community. In addition, Southern Crescent Technical College offers Adult Education/GED preparation courses and specifically designed industry training and continuing education courses to train today’s students for tomorrow’s workforce.