Instructor: Mrs. Nicole Shearer

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This program is designed in compliance with the rules, regulations and state-mandated curriculum of the Pennsylvania State Board of Cosmetology. Cosmetologists practice the art and science of improving beauty through the care and treatment of skin, hair, and nails. Graduates of this program are well-prepared cosmetologists with excellent employment prospects.

The curriculum provides hands-on training in bacteriology/sterilization, manicuring, artificial nails, draping of clients, shampoo, scalp treatment, hairstyling, haircolor, permanent wave/chemical relaxers, haircutting, facials/make-up, mock state boards, wigs, receptionist duties, salon management, electricity,
anatomy/ physiology and ethnic hair care.

GCCTC students, under the supervision of a licensed instructor, hold cosmetology clinics that are open to the public. The clinics provide students with real world experience by performing basic salon services for customers such as haircutting, styling, permanent waves, various color services, manicuring, and facials. The clinics provide students with invaluable experience that helps further prepare them for the workplace.

Instruction of 1,250 hours qualifies the student for the Pennsylvania State Board of Cosmetology licensing examination. Upon successful completion of the examination, the student then becomes a licensed cosmetologist or nail technician in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is qualified for employment in a full service salon or advanced licensing in teaching.

All cosmetology programs are set by the state. If a student does not wear the designated uniform or have his/her kit for class, the student will not be able to work in the clinical setting and will not receive hours for that day. In order to become licensed in any program area, the student must complete state mandated hours and pass a state examination.

Interests   Skills

If you have the following interests, then this program may be for you:

  1. hair styles
  2. apply makeup on others
  3. be creative
  4. work as a team member
  5. work for the public
  6. keep yourself well-groomed and neat in appearance
  7. work in a neat and orderly manner
  8. work both quickly and accurately
  9. pay attention to details
  10. take pride in a job well done

If you have the following skills, then this program may be for you:

  1. communicate clearly to others
  2. follow verbal and written directions; self-starter
  3. read and write clearly and neatly
  4. compute fractions
  5. lift up to 20 pounds
  6. stay on a task until it is completed
  7. work both quickly and accurately with your hands
  8. work safely and efficiently
  9. be tactful in dealing with people
  10. believe that all tasks, even routine ones, are important
  11. work well under pressure
  12. deal with a wide variety of problems
Industry Certification   Uniform/Equipment Requirements
Cosmetologist State License
Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
  • Smock White uniform-style pants
  • White leather shoes
  • Cosmetology kit to includes text, theory and practical workbooks
  • Additional supplies may be needed as the student progresses into the program
Career Potential Upon Completion of the Program   Career Potential with further Education and Training
  • Cosmetician
  • Hair Stylist
  • Nail Technician Receptionist/Assistant
  • Stylist Salon Owner
  • Cosmetology Instructor
  • Manager
  • Color Technician
  • Platform Artistry
  • Product Educator
  • Manufacturer's Representative
Career Technical Student Orgranization   Post-secondary Options
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Nondiscrimination Policy The Greene County Career & Technology Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or ages in its programs or activities. Career and Technical Education program offerings include: Automotive Collision and Body Repair, Automotive Technology, Building and Construction Occupations, Computer Networking Technology, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Electrical Occupations, Emergency and Protective Services, Health Assistant, Precision Machining, Welding and Licensed Practical Nursing (adults only). Admission to the programs depends upon availability and class size and sending school districts criteria. Inquires may be directed to the Greene County Career and Technology’s Title IX Coordinator or the Section 504 Coordinator at 60 Zimmerman Drive, Waynesburg, PA or call 724-627-3106.