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Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center’s Cosmetology Technology Program

By: Jacqueline G. Kennion
web posted May 21, 2014

JOHNSTON – The Cosmetology Program at Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center (STCTC) is the right place for a young person to start a rewarding and stable career in cosmetology. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median salary for cosmetologists is $22,500 per year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ numbers do not account for full-time and part-time cosmetologists, experience in the field, and tips that cosmetologists receive, which make the salaries higher.

According to both NACCAS and the United States Department of Labor, the average cosmetology salary range for full-time salon professionals can reach up to $50,000 annually. The amount of tips and bonuses cosmetologists receive varies from employer to employer.
    
In order to qualify to enter the cosmetology program at STCTC a young man or woman needs adequate manual dexterity, a minimum “C” average, be 16 years of age, and have completed all credits required at the completion of the 10th grade. The State Board also requires that a student have a valid Social Security card. At the end of their 12th grade year the students will have received eight Carnegie units and logged the required hours to qualify to take the State Board exam.
       
Cosmetology 1 is designed to provide students with the knowledge of basic practical and theory skills in the beauty industry. The development of professionalism in appearance and interpersonal/intrapersonal attitudes is stressed along with professional terminology and safety practices which meet LLR/SC State Board of Cosmetology standards. Skills in vocabulary, math, safety, and job seeking are incorporated into clinic and classroom assignments. Cosmetology 1 focuses on personal hygiene habits, professional grooming, ethics, theory, and introduces basic practical skills. Cosmetology kits are required and cost approximately $400. The kits are purchased by the students.
       
Cosmetology 2 is designed to test the students’ knowledge on all that they have learned and accomplished their junior year. Students are prepared for their LLR/SC State Board Practical Exam, which is held around the last week in March, and their LLR/SC State Board Theory Exam the last week in April. After receiving their Cosmetologist License, students are required to have a portfolio and a resume completed before graduation.
   
Students are required by the South Carolina State Board of Cosmetology to earn clock hours each day that accumulate to at least 1000 cosmetology hours and 500 academic hours (English Math, etc.) at the high school. The LLR/SC Board of Cosmetology does not allow students to receive hours for absences, excused or unexcused. A student must be present in cosmetology classes or with a licensed cosmetology instructor to receive hours. Hours are not earned when missed during field trips not sponsored by the cosmetology department or when doctor appointments are scheduled during class hours. All hours missed due to absences must be made-up.

Once the students have completed the cosmetology program at STCTC and are licensed they will be amazed at how many career opportunities will open up for them. The possibilities can be endless for a hard-working professional cosmetologist who approaches his or her career with a strong sense of personal integrity. Within the industry there are numerous areas they may wish to specialize including retailing, make-up artist, hair color specialist, texture specialist, cutting specialist, salon trainer, distributor sales consultant and an instructor. STCTC provides the fundamentals students need to begin the career of a lifetime.






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