Students study hair, skin, and nails and their related care. Students are grounded in theory as they prepare to practice procedures in a clinical lab setting or classroom, using mannequins for manipulative skill practice. Students are trained in safety and chemical processes related to permanent waves, relaxing, soft-curling, lightening, and coloring hair. They also develop artistic skills with artificial hair. In addition, students learn to care for skin, hands, and feet, developing expertise in providing facials, manicures, and pedicures. A business management unit focuses on managing the salon. Competency completions prepare the student for the Virginia state-licensing exam.
Courses, Credit and Certifications
High School Credit
Students receive up to 3 high school elective credits each year for successful completion of the program. Passage of the certification exam will award the student 2 student-verified elective credits, one of which can be substituted for a verified credit in either science or history.
Virginia Board of Cosmetology licensure examination
|Class||State Code||Duration||Grades||Dual Enrollment||Credential(s)||AM or PM|
|Cosmetology I||8527||1 year||10-12||AM PM|
|Cosmetology II||8528||1 year||10-12||State Cosmetology License||AM PM|
- Career Opportunity: Hairdresser, Stylist, Cosmetologist
Provide beauty services, such as shampooing, cutting, coloring, and styling hair, and massaging and treating scalp. May apply makeup, dress wigs, perform hair removal, and provide nail and skin care services.
- National Wage Average: $23,120.00
- Virginia Wage Average: $29,230.00
- Projected Job Growth in Virginia: +10.9%
Instructor: Karen Brown
Ms. Brown teaches Cosmetology I & II, and provides a foundation for first year students and also prepares and supports students to take their State Board examination after students successfully complete the two-year course requirements. Ms. Brown fosters community business partnerships to assist in providing students internship experiences and employment opportunities. She has previous experience in the workforce as a cosmetologist, business manager, and owner; she continues to work in the field while also serving as a CATEC instructor.
Instructor: Jacqueline Waller
Ms. Waller teaches Cosmetology II, and she prepares and supports students to take their State Board examination after students successfully complete the two-year course requirements. Ms. Waller fosters community business partnerships to assist in providing students internship experiences and employment opportunities. Ms. Waller has previous experience in the workforce as a cosmetologist and continues to work in the field while also serving as a CATEC instructor.