PCC alum finds success after graduation

April 28, 2016

Lisa Burchette is a PCC graduate, Marine wife, mother, mentor, and small business owner. She graduated from Pamlico Community College’s Esthetics program last year, leaving with the necessary skills needed to start and maintain a successful business in the esthetics field.

When Burchette relocated to the New Bern area because of her husband’s career, she never knew she would establish a true home in the area. She’s now settled in the area, graduating from college and opening up her own esthetics business, “Fountain of Youth Esthetics.”

Growing up, Burchette always had a passion for skincare and makeup. “I remember being five years old and taking my grandmother’s apricots and peaches. I went to the bathroom and started crushing them up to make a cleanser because I had seen a commercial for an apricot scrub on television.”

As she got older, however, other dreams took priority. She became a wife to a Marine, forcing her to move around with him. “It was hard, because I knew I still had a passion, but just thought going back to school was not an option for me, especially after I became a mother.”

When Burchette settled in New Bern, she started researching local colleges. “I started my education elsewhere, but it just was not for me. There was no flexibility in the class schedules, and I felt that the instructors did not really care for my well-being as a student and person.”

One day, Burchette heard about Pamlico Community College’s Esthetics program. She came to open house, met Shanna Lewis (Esthetics instructor), and instantly knew that PCC was right for her. “I was not shy about my home schedule. I am a mother, and that is my first priority. Mrs. Lewis worked with my schedule. It is really the only reason I was able to attend college in the first place.”

Now, just a few short months after graduation, Burchette has managed to start and establish a business in New Bern. She offers a variety of services, from spray tans to chemical peels.

“There is a correlation between confidence and how you feel about yourself and your appearance,” says Burchette. “Everyone deserves to feel beautiful and strong, because they absolutely are. That is why I am in this field.”

Lisa Burchette is a PCC success story. While it was not easy, she never gave up on her dream. She wanted to start her own business because she believes she can help change lives, just by providing a listening ear and excellent care to her clients. “I love being able to wake up in the morning and be excited to go to work,” Burchette says. “It is really what I was meant to do, and I could not have done it without the help, encouragement, and great education from Pamlico Community College.”

To read more of Lisa’s story and read other program highlights, check out the summer 2016 Beacon. The Beacon is PCC’s tri-annual publication of program highlights and course schedules, keeping the public informed about what is going on at PCC. Look for the Beacon in your mailbox, or visit www.pamlicocc.edu to view online. To learn more about PCC’s Esthetics program, contact Shanna Lewis at 252.245.5537 or slewis@pamlicocc.edu.