Cosmetology Program and Salon Great Value to Students, Patrons
By Mike McKissack
The Cosmetology program at College of DuPage trains students in the knowledge and skills required for a successful career in the beauty industry, offering a wide range of hands-on classes at a cost that is significantly less than for-profit schools.
"At several private cosmetology schools, the tuition is close to $20,000 or more," said Cosmetology Program Coordinator Beatrice Brown. "It's great to know that we're offering the same quality training, resulting in sought-after graduates, at a savings of nearly 25 percent."
The College currently offers a certificate program and an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree program in Cosmetology. Click here to learn about Cosmetology information sessions in April and May.
The Certificate in Cosmetology program at College of DuPage offers training in a variety of beauty-related subjects such as aesthetics, business, chemical processes, hair design, nail technology, safety, salon operations and sanitation, as well as preparation for the state-licensing exam. The A.A.S. degree program in Cosmetology covers the same subjects but also requires an additional 19 credits in general education classes. After completing the program, graduates will be eligible to apply for a cosmetology license from the state of Illinois.
Brown said cosmetology students gain more than skills and technique during the program.
"It's nerve-wracking for beginning cosmetologists to cut or style someone's hair for the first time," Brown said. "Our program gives students not only the skills and knowledge, but also the confidence to take someone's appearance into their own hands."
The quality of the program at College of DuPage has not gone unnoticed, Brown said. A number of graduates work for high profile salons in the area, including Charles Ifergan, Mario Tricoci and Zano salons. These locations, impressed by the College of DuPage graduates they've hired, have contacted the College looking for additional stylists.
Classes are offered at two locations: the Addison Regional Center located at 301 S. Swift Rd., Addison, and the Naperville Center at 1223 Rickert Drive. Due to a curriculum that progresses developmentally, new students are enrolled only in the fall.
A popular component of the College's Cosmetology program is the Cosmetology Clinic Salon, which offers a full range of salon services to members of the community at a fraction of the cost of professional salons. Under the supervision of licensed instructors, students perform beauty services, such as cuts, styling, color, manicures, pedicures, facial waxing and more.
"Our service offers a great way to provide affordable salon care to the community, and at the same time, enable our students to gain invaluable practical experience," Brown said.
Salon services are offered Mondays through Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. and are available by appointment or walk-in at two locations: Addison Regional Center, 301 Swift Road, Addison, (630) 691-7500, and Naperville Regional Center, 1223 Rickert Drive, Naperville, (630) 942-4758.
For more information about the salon services at COD, visit www.cod.edu/programs/cosmetology/salons.aspx.
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