Presque Isle Regional Career & Technical Center

Presque Isle • Mapleton • Chapman • Castle Hill • Westfield

Education in MSAD #1 will empower students to reach their potential as critical thinkers, problem solvers and effective communicators.

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COSMETOLOGY

Instructor:

Heather Fullen

PURPOSE OF PROGRAM

The primary purpose of the cosmetology program at PIRCTC is to train students in the fundamental practical skills, safety and sanitation procedures, and desirable professional work habits and attitudes necessary to continue with their studies after graduation from high school at an accredited private cosmetology school. Through study of core cosmetology theory and hands-on application, PIRCTC students will have the necessary foundation to create a successful transition to a post-secondary cosmetology program. All PIRCTC students have the potential to achieve approximately 689 clock hours of the necessary 1500 hours required to be able to sit for their state cosmetology licensing exam, should they participate in both Cosmetology I and II.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Today, the professional salon industry continues to offer exciting and rewarding careers to qualified job seekers as hair designers, nail technicians, estheticians, and the like.

SAMPLE OCCUPATIONS

Salon Hairstylist Beauty and Fashion Consultant
Salon Owner/Manager Photo Stylist
Skin Care Specialist Cosmetology School Instructor
Nail Technician Cosmetology School Owner
Salesperson/Retail Specialist Manufacturer’s Representative
Makeup Artist State Board Examiner
Stage & Film Makeup Artist State Board Inspector

The cosmetology curriculum seeks to produce students and workers who will be technologically literate and productive. The student’s talents, interest, and abilities are the major concern(s) in designing and implementing a competency-based course of study. Community resources, technological advancements, and simulation of the work place will be utilized to prepare students for careers in cosmetology and related fields. It is hoped that an understanding of the fundamentals of cosmetology will instill the desire to continue learning as well as the desire for improvement in the quality of life through meaningful work.

Cosmetology I is a well-rounded program covering most phases of cosmetology. The approach to training is based on sound educational methods and teaching fundamentals. This type of program stresses a firm theoretical knowledge of cosmetology for development of a true professional. The first hours of the course include lectures, demonstrations, special projects, role playing, interpretation of reading material, and writing instruction. Some of the subjects included are: nail structure and growth, manicuring/pedicuring, hair design, hairstyling, haircutting, skin structure, hair removal, facials, and makeup application.

Cosmetology II students continue with advanced techniques in the areas of study of Cosmetology I, but add hair texture services (perms and colors), advanced manicuring techniques, and salon business skills. Once the proper number of cumulative clock hours is achieved, qualifying students are introduced to public clientele where they practice the knowledge gained during the previous training. It is only through applied knowledge that the necessary experience and comprehension of cosmetology can develop. For the remainder of the course, students are scheduled for both theory and practical classes, as well as student clinic hours. As students progress through their training, becoming proficient in all procedures, the clinic experiences become more salon- oriented.