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.