Employment of barbers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists is projected
to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.
Population growth will lead to greater demand for hair care services.
In 2016 the median pay for barbers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists
was $24,300 per year or $11.68 per hour.
Source: United States Bureau of Labor Statistics
Students in the Cosmetology Program learn the fundamental skills to gain employment in the field of cosmetology, including hair care, makeup, barbering and nail care. Students also learn the skills related to seeking and maintaining employment as well as small business operations. Course work is both hands-onand academic. Students will have the opportunity to obtain additional certificates such as shop safety and extensions. During the course of the 2nd year, once a student has earned 600 hours, the student will apply for a permit which will allow the student to work in a salon. During the course of the 4th year, a student who has obtained 1,000 hours will have the opportunity to take the State Cosmetology Board Exam. Many students choose Cosmetology as a career and a means to financial stability while attending college or university.
Foundations: Shop Safety, Responsibilities,
Sanitation, Sterilization, Career Paths,
Basic Life Skills, Basic Hairstyling
and Nail Services
Fundamentals: Booking Clients,
Salon Operations, Basics of Haircutting,
Make-Up, Skin Care
Chemistry of Cosmetology:
Permanent Waving, Hair Straightening, Nail Care
Laws & Regulations,
Business Operations, Resume Building/
Shaving/Barbering, State Exam,
Please check out our Cosmetology Student Handbook for more information regarding the day to day operations
within the shop.
Classes meet for 2 periods/1 hour 20 minutes per day, 5 days a week
Average number of new students accepted per year: 25
Opportunity for professional certifications: YES
Opportunity to earn college credits: NO
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