Suggested Elective Courses: Drawing, Mixed Media, Anatomy & Physiology, Chemistry, Marketing Essentials, Business Entrepreneurship, Accounting, Career Math. 

Instructor: Joanne Gorman

Contact: / / 822-9499;191

Cosmetology and Barber Technician

The Cosmetology and Barber program falls under the Human Services career cluster.  Examples of careers related to Cosmetology include but are not limited to: Barbers, Cosmetologists, Hairdressers, & Hair Stylists, Education Specialists, Color Specialists, Nail Technicians, Skin Care Specialists/Estheticians, Electrolysis Technicians, and Massage Therapists.

This program of study allows students to explore the field of cosmetology while integrating theory with practical application in the salon.  In addition, students will learn about small business management and the functions of operating and owning a salon.  Students gain a deeper understanding of key scientific concepts related to skin, hair, and nails, disease and infection, biology, chemistry, and anatomy.  In addition to learning the foundations of each specific element; head manipulation, shampooing, sanitation, hair styling, hair cutting, manicures, nail art, pedicures, facial and massage, student may select a more specific course of study such as clipper cuts, advanced hair cutting, nail technology or makeup application.  In addition to practical experiences in our salon, students will participate in community service activities, field trips and analyze perspectives of various industries through related guest speakers to enhance their learning and understanding of the industry. Students are expected to earn the minimum 1200 hour requirement to be eligible to take the State Board Licensing exam to obtain a Cosmetology License upon graduation.  Students may also receive a science-related credit if needed.

Students can earn the following credentials:

  • Eligibility for Department of Health State Board Licensing Exam for Cosmetology
  • Junior Achievement Certificate in Personal Finance
  • Junior Achievement certificate in Be Entrepreneurial


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Students should be eligible to take the Department of Health Written State Board Licensing Exam in the last quarter of the last year.