CPCC opens new cosmetology program

last modified Jul 02, 2013 07:46 AM

Mecklenburg County residents who want to pursue a career as a salon professional can get the training they’ll need at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) starting in August.

CPCC will launch a new two-year, five-semester associate-degree program in cosmetology when the 2013-14 academic year begins next month. Students in the program will learn how to cut and color hair and perform facials, manicures and pedicures. Their training will prepare them to take the North Carolina State Board of Cosmetic Arts Licensing Exam.

The program will use the Pivot Point curriculum, which offers both scientific and artistic principles in the form and function of hair designing. The program, considered a Pivot Point academy, will focus on delivering a systematic, step-by-step approach to hands-on training. Pivot Point graduates can be found among the industry’s top salons, product manufacturers and beauty educators.

In addition to the program’s core cosmetology courses, students will take a required small business management course. The business course is designed to help prepare program graduates who want to become the owners of their own salons. CPCC is currently accepting applications for the program. See www.CPCC.edu for full details by entering “cosmetology” in the search window.

The program will open with a maximum of 40 students and be based at CPCC’s City View Cosmetology Center, located at 1609 Alleghany Street, near Ashley Road. The facility will operate as a full-service salon open to the public. The salon will be open year-round. Clients will be encouraged to make appointments.

CPCC currently is renovating the City View Center, an extreme makeover to transform the space into a salon with 50 haircutting stations. The project, including design, construction, specialized equipment and furniture, will cost approximately $1 million.

Catherine Cunningham has joined CPCC as the cosmetology program director. Cunningham comes to CPCC from Gaston College, where she was the cosmetology department chair and an instructor. Previously, she served as an instructor at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, Empire Beauty College and as a school director at Carolina Beauty College. She also was owner and operator of Silky Creations Salon in Charlotte.

An increasing demand for salon stylists and a desire to provide a high-quality, affordable program in Mecklenburg County prompted CPCC to establish the program.

“Labor projections forecast a growing need for salon professionals over the next several years,” explained Ruth Hedgpeth, CPCC dean of health and human services. “At the same time, the college wants to provide career training opportunities in Mecklenburg County that are more affordable than many of the private and for-profit schools.”

Persons interested in CPCC’s new cosmetology program should contact Cunningham at 704.330.3220, or at catherine.cunningham@cpcc.edu.

About CPCC

Central Piedmont Community College is one of the largest community colleges in the Carolinas, offering nearly 300 degree, diploma and certification programs, customized corporate training, market-focused continuing education, and special interest classes. CPCC is academically, financially and geographically accessible to all citizens of Mecklenburg County. In 2002, the National Alliance of Business named CPCC the Community College of the Year for its response to the workforce and technology needs of local employers and job seekers through innovative educational and training strategies. Established in 1963, CPCC is celebrating 50 years of service to Mecklenburg County residents, business and industry.