After 33 years of being a place where future hair stylists and barbers learn how to give people a new look,
the Barber/Cosmetologist salon at Moraine Park Technical College’s Fond du Lac campus recently got its own makeover.
The community, the salon industry and anyone who is interested in enrolling in the Barber/Cosmetologist program or receiving services at the teaching salon are invited to tour the new facilities during an open house on Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Celia Jackson, Secretary for the State of Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing, will be available from 4 to 5 p.m. to answer questions about state regulations. Instructors and students will be on hand to show visitors around the new classrooms and labs and answer questions. Program information and displays can be viewed. Complimentary hand massages will be given, as well as neck trims for those with short hair. Entertainment, refreshments and door prizes are also planned.
“It is Moraine Park’s mission to provide the region with a highly skilled workforce, and bringing our educational facilities up to current industry standards is one way we accomplish that,” said Dr. Gayle Hytrek, Moraine Park president. “Our new facility mirrors what is found in the industry today. The remodeling will continue to ensure that graduates of the program will be familiar with everything about today’s salons and meet employers’ expectations.”
The Moraine Park salon “makeover” includes 40 new styling stations with a contemporary look and function. Curling irons, flat irons and hair dryers are tucked neatly away in individual upright slots within easily accessible drawers, keeping work stations clutter-free. The new shampoo stations include four state-of-the-art stand-behind stations that allow the stylist to stand behind the client while washing their hair.
Moraine Park’s Nail Technician certificate program also got an upgrade with a classroom devoted to manicures and pedicures.
Another room serves as a day spa where students perform facials and waxing treatments. The new state-of-the-art dispensary houses hair care and other products; a new computerized system used for product pricing and inventory, appointments, and students and client tracking of services rendered and performed; and laundry facilities.
“In addition, we will be receiving a ceiling-mounted video camera so all students have a good view of instructor demonstrations on our large screen,” said Amy Poshepny, Moraine Park barber/cosmetologist instructor.
The remodeling project was included in the 2006-07 and 2007-08 capital projects budgets with a total cost of $527,528. Major project contractors included 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.
Moraine Park offers a Barber/Cosmetologist Apprenticeship, a Barber/Cosmetologist technical diploma and a Nail Technician certificate. With the approval of the Department of Regulation and Licensing, Moraine Park’s apprenticeship program will offer classes online starting this January, in addition to the traditional classroom format.
Also that month, there will be openings for the full-time technical diploma and apprenticeship programs. The Nail Technician program will also have openings for classes that start in fall 2008. For more information, call 1-800-472-4554 or visit www.morainepark.edu and click on Academics then All Programs.
Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus is located at 235 N. National Avenue. For directions, go to the College’s Web site and click on About Moraine Park then Campus Information. To get to the Barber/Cosmetologist center, visitors should use the C-2 entrance.