Magazine article Techniques

High School Cosmetology with Great Style

Magazine article Techniques

High School Cosmetology with Great Style

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At the Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development, academics and cosmetology make a winning combination.

When cosmetology is taught at the high school level, the academic basics cannot be overlooked. At private cosmetology schools, the program may be only 10 months long, but at the Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development, cosmetology is a two-year program. The course is offered to high school juniors and seniors and must cover all of the high school graduation requirements in addition to the technical training of the cosmetology curriculum.

The Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development is the career and technical education department for 36 affiliated school districts in Ohio and is the largest district of its type in the United States. Cosmetology is offered on four campuses. Since both academics and cosmetology are offered on site, students do not spend time in transit between high school and technical school and therefore have more time to devote to their studies.

As juniors, the cosmetology students take English II, anatomy/chemistry and American studies. As seniors, they study technical communications, algebra II and senior social studies. The cosmetology classes they take include Hair One (cutting, styling, rollers, etc.) and Hair Two (chemical concepts such as coloring, perming and relaxing). They also study facials and skin care as well as manicures. According to Supervisor Barbara Inman, the State Board of Cosmetology has a lot of input into the requirements for the cosmetology program. The junior year is spent learning basic skills, while the senior year covers advanced skills and prepares the students for the licensure exam. However, the teachers for the junior class and the senior class work together as a team to ensure that the curriculum flows smoothly from one level to the next.

Great Oaks recognizes the importance of communication skills in the field, so they provide instruction for the students in how to relate to the clients and how to get along with co-workers. Students are also taught the fundamentals of salon management, including sales, payroll and hiring--since many cosmetologists are self-employed. …

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