Those who are in – or want to be in – a career with a “cutting” edge on the latest trends are invited to Moraine Park Technical College’s Cosmetology Information Night on Thursday, Aug. 2, at the Fond du Lac campus.
The event takes place in Room A-112 from 6 to 8 p.m. and will feature presentations on the Barber/Cosmetologist technical diploma and apprenticeship programs as well as the Nail Technician certificate. It offers something for everyone – individuals who are interested in becoming students or apprentices, salon owners or managers who would like to train future employees, licensed barber/cosmetologists who wish to obtain a manager’s license and anyone in the field who would like to update their skills. After the presentations, a “sneak preview” tour will be given of the College’s newly remodeled cosmetology training center, which includes a salon and classrooms.
Moraine Park offers a Barber/Cosmetologist technical diploma, a 16-month (1,800 hours) program that prepares graduates for the state Barber/Cosmetologist Licensing Exam. During their first semester, students learn classroom theory and fundamental skills, which are applied during the second semester in Moraine Park’s on-campus salon where students perform client services such as hairstyling, hair coloring, permanent waves, facials and manicures. Visits to area trade shows and guest presentations from industry artists round out the students’ experience.
In the Barber/Cosmetologist Apprenticeship program, students are hired by a salon where they work a minimum of 32 hours per week – with pay – under the direct supervision of a licensed manager and spend one day a week at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac or West Bend campus receiving instruction and hands-on training. After three semesters that consist of 288 hours of theory instruction and 3,712 hours of practical training, the state licensing exam is taken.
“Apprenticeship has proven to be a very viable option for a variety of reasons for many students,” said Jon Waldhuetter, Moraine Park dean of apprenticeship. “An apprenticeship may appeal to students who are kinesthetic or hands-on learners as less time is spent sitting in a classroom, and they begin working with clients immediately. And less classroom time provides more flexibility for the work schedule.”
The Nail Technician program is another career option for individuals who are creative and good with people. This 20-week certificate prepares students for the state licensing examination to practice as a manicurist. Students develop nail technician skills in the classroom and the campus salon. The coursework includes law, regulations, business management and ethics to help students who may want to start their own business.
In addition to the Cosmetology Information Night, Moraine Park will offer day and evening sessions of the Nail Technician training starting the week of Aug. 27 in the newly remodeled cosmetology facility. The day session meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., while the evening session meets Monday through Thursday from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Classes run through the week of Feb. 12. Completion of this 300-hour program will prepare students for the Wisconsin State Licensing test. For more information or to register, contact a Moraine Park admissions specialist at 920-922-8611 or 1-800-472-4554.
For more information about Moraine Park’s cosmetology programs and apprenticeship, contact Jon Waldheutter at 262-335-5841. Program information is also available at www.morainepark.edu; click on Academics.