CPCC to open new cosmetology program

last modified Jan 29, 2013 12:48 PM

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 open a new two-year associate-degree program in cosmetology when the 2013-14 academic year begins in August. 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 licensure exam for cosmetology.

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.

The program will open with a maximum of 40 students and be based at CPCC’s City View Center, located on 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, with Saturday hours. 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 40 haircutting stations. The project, including design, construction, specialized equipment and furniture, will cost approximately $1 million.

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 for the next several years,” explained Ruth Hedgpeth, CPCC associate dean, health programs and early childhood education. “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.

A program director and up to six full-time instructors will teach and mentor students. Persons interested in the program should call CPCC’s information center at 704.330.2722.

Central Piedmont Community College is the largest community college in North Carolina, offering close to 300 degree 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.