Course Objective:

    Students will obtain education and skills in preparation for the Pennsylvania State Board Cosmetology Examination.  Students may take this exam after completing 1250 hours in the program.

    Course Description:

    Cosmetology is a three-year course for tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grade students.  The course will be operated by the Western ACTC under the regulations of the State Board of Cosmetology.  Students with regular attendance will receive the required 1250 hours of training needed to take the State Board exams for licensing. 

    Course Topics:

    Anatomy and physiology

    Chemical texturizing


    Design decisions


    Hair color

    Haircutting and hair styling

    Professional development

    Salon business

    Salon ecology

    Study of nails and skin


    Wigs and hair additions

    Required Supplies:

    Cosmetology kit, books, and smock

    Uniform pants

    Additional manikins

    Lock for locker

    Rubber soled tennis shoes



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    Cooperating Companies:

    J.C. Penney Salon – Washington, PA

    Philip Pelusi Salon

    Smartstyle – South Strabane, PA


    Specialized Shop Equipment:

    European skin machine

    Color processing machine

    Salon management software

    17 stations

    Clinical Experience:
    Salon is open to public (Tuesdays and Thursdays)

    PA Skills Certificate

    Pennsylvania State Board License



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    Post-Secondary Training Options:

    Bella Cappelli

    Douglas Education Center

    Empire Beauty School

    Gordon Phillips Beauty School

    Penn Commercial

    South Hills Beauty Academy


    Potential Careers:


    Nail Technician-Manicurist


    Beauty School Supervisor

    Chemical Technician

    Field Technician

    Ethnic Hair Specialist


    Wig Dresser

    Salon Manager

    Body Make-Up Artist

    Cosmetology Educator/Writer

    Platform Artist

    Mortuary Beautician

    Make-Up Artist

    Business Consultant


    Beauty School Instructor

    State Board Examiner

    Business Consultant 

    Competition Stylist

    Manufacturer’s Representative

    Salon Owner

    Cosmetology Educator/Writer     

    Cosmetology Skills:


    Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.

    Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

    Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

    Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

    Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

    Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

    Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


    Wages and Employment Trends:


    Median Wages (2009)$11.21 hourly, $23,330 annually

    Employment (2008)                                             631,000 employees

    Projected Growth (2008-2018)                        Much faster than average (20% or higher)

    Projected Need (2008-2018)                             219,500 additional employees