Students enrolled in Moraine Park Technical College’s Barber/Cosmetology program this fall will be learning their trade in a completely updated environment.
Much of the department’s lab and classroom space is original, dating back to 1974. Minor cabinetry and flooring replacement was done in the mid-1990s as well as an HVAC upgrade in 2004. It’s time for the Barber/Cosmetology rooms to get their own makeover.
“Much has changed in this industry since our last facility update for this very popular program,” said Gayle Hytrek, Moraine Park president. “This remodel is long overdue as our current facilities no longer mirror what is found in the industry. This fall when faculty and students return they will teach and learn their new skills in an environment that is very similar to what our graduates will work in. This is another example of how Moraine Park continues to provide the region with a highly skilled workforce, in keeping with the College’s mission.”
Shampoo and salon chairs and workstations will be replaced, according to Connie Lentz, Moraine Park construction associate. “Plumbing fixtures and infrastructure have served well their useful life and are in need of attention as well,” she said. “The remodeling also includes a technology upgrade for the classrooms.”
Two classrooms are included in the project, Lentz added – one for theory and the other for practical applications – as well as needed storage space for student supplies.
The remodeling project is included in the 2006-07 and 2007-08 capital projects budgets. The total cost of approximately $523,900 is within budget. Work gets under way April 23 with completion scheduled for August in time for the start of the 2007-08 academic year.
The Moraine Park Technical College District Board awarded contracts to four prime contractors: Capelle Bros. & Diedrich Inc., Fond du Lac, general contractor; Ahern Gross Inc., Fond du Lac, plumbing; Groeschel Company, Malone, HVAC; and K.W. Electric Inc., Plymouth, electrical.
The spring semester schedule was revised to complete the students’ salon work prior to the early closing on
April 19. Theory classes that don’t require the use of the salon have been moved to the summer term and will take place in other classrooms, according to Jon Waldhuetter, Moraine Park dean of apprenticeship, building trades and cosmetology. “There will be no loss of required classes or hours as a result of the project,” he said. “Enrollment will remain the same in the full-time program with 20 students per section.”
For more information about the Barber/Cosmetology program at Moraine Park, visit www.morainepark.edu.