The Cosmetology Program provides students with entry-level skills necessary to enter and to advance in the cosmetology workplace through educational experiences that include skills in the area of academics, technical proficiency, employment opportunities, application/interview skills, multicultural awareness, and relevant technology.  Because of the various educational opportunities offered to students in the COS Program, students who are eligible to take the State Cosmetology Board Examination will be well-prepared to pass both written and practical sections of this exam.  Students are also prepared to become life-long learners, learning management skills and providing all clients with personal customer service.

The Cosmetology Program has a caring faculty who are dedicated to meeting student needs to ensure that they learn the technical and relational skills necessary for success in the workplace.

All states require cosmetologists to be licensed by law.  After satisfactory completion of 1200 credit unit hours of training, the students are eligible to take the Alabama State Board examination

Awards Offered:  Certificate in Cosmetology Certificate, Instructor Training Certificate

Career Outlook: Overall employment of barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists is projected to grow 10 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Employment of barbers is projected to grow 10 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. The need for barbers will stem primarily from an increasing population, which will lead to greater demand for basic hair care services. Employment of hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists is projected to grow 10 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for hair coloring, hair straightening, and other advanced hair treatments has risen in recent years, a trend that is expected to continue over the coming decade.
The median annual wage for Cosmetologist and Barbers is $23,200 or $11.15 per hour in May of 2014.   

SEMESTER HOUR (SH) DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENTS BY ACADEMIC AREA*:

Area I: Written Composition 3 SH

Area II:  Humanities and Fine Arts  6 SH

Area III: Natural Sciences & Math 3 SH

Area IV: History, Social, and Behavioral Sciences 0 SH

Area V: Additional General Education Courses, Major Courses and Electives 48 SH

CERTIFICATE IN COSMETOLOGY SAMPLE PLAN*:

Fall Semester

Course Hours
COS 111 3
COS 112  3
COS 113 3
COS 114 3
COS 125 3
MAH 101 3
Total Semester Hours 18

Spring Semester 

Course Hours
COS 115 3
COS 116 3
COS 119 3
COS 123 3
SPC 103 3
ENG 100 3
Total Semester Hours 15

Summer Semester

Course Hours
COS 117 3
COS 118 3
COS 144 3
COS 145 3
Total Semester Hours 12
COSMETOLOGY INSTRUCTOR TRAINING CERTIFICATE SAMPLE PLAN*:

Fall Semester

Course Hours
CIT 211 3
CIT 212 3
CIT 221 3
Total Semester Hours 9

Spring Semester 

Course Hours
CIT 222 3
CIT 223 3
CIT 224 3
Total Semester Hours 9

For Additional Information Contact: Shirley Laister, Lead Cosmetology at:  334-876-9265 or email at: shirley.laister@wccs.edu