Beauty college

A beautician with an associate degree? In Texas, Lone Star College is offering a two-year cosmetology degree that will include business classes, reports Beauty School Drop-Ins on Inside Higher Ed.

While many community colleges have dropped cosmetology classes, Lone Star’s cosmetology certificate program is so popular it has a waiting list.  The new School of Cosmetology is designed in partnership with Farouk Systems, a Houston-based manufacturer of hair-care products, which is training instructors and donating products and equipment.

Students can earn a one-year certificate or an associate of applied science in cosmetology, both of which now require classes on management and marketing. Additionally, students now learn about the chemistry and environmental aspects of cosmetology, including but not limited to the development and proliferation of ammonia-free hair care products.

Cosmetology is “recession-proof,” says Steve Head, president of the North Harris campus, which will house the program. Three-fourths of students who earned a credential in 2008 are working in the field or have gone on to further education.

Lone Star’s program costs less than the trade schools charge, and generates a profit for the college.

POSTED BY Joanne Jacobs ON September 30, 2010

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In part this is because of the ridiculous Texas state laws regarding licensing of cosmetologists. For example:
In order to perform manicures, you must have a manicurist’s license. To be eligible for a manicurist specialty license, an applicant must have completed 600 hours of instruction in manicuring through a commission-approved training program. Other specialties require even more hours of training.

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