1. June 2008 19:00
Beginning this August, students who are pursuing a career in cosmetology will have another option available to get the required training for state licensing. Moraine Park Technical College will be the first in Wisconsin to offer the Barber/Cosmetologist Apprenticeship program classroom instruction in a 100-percent online delivery format.
“There are many young men and women throughout our state who have a strong interest in pursuing a career in the cosmetology industry,” said Jon Waldhuetter, Moraine Park dean of apprenticeship. “For any number of reasons – travel, parenting, location – their ability to get the necessary training may be restricted. Online delivery of the classroom instruction in conjunction with the hands-on practical experience in a sponsoring salon from their area will open a door to these students that has not previously existed.”
Apprenticeship requires a student to be employed by a sponsoring shop or salon that agrees to train the student in preparation for the Wisconsin licensing exam. Employers pay the student to work in their establishment under the direction of a licensed manager, where the student learns the practical, hands-on component of their training. The student is also paid for the one day of classroom time each week.
“Cosmetology is one of the largest and fastest-growing apprenticeships in the state,” said Waldhuetter. “What makes apprenticeships unique is that students earn while they learn.”
Students can complete the online program in three academic semesters, taking theory instruction in their own homes.
“We are extremely excited about expanding our cosmetology program into an online delivery format,” said Amy Poshepny, Moraine Park Barber/Cosmetologist instructor. “Online apprenticeship, coupled with our face-to-face apprenticeship program and full-time diploma program held in our newly renovated facility in Fond du Lac, will allow us to serve the educational needs of a much broader student population.”
For more information about the online Barber/Cosmetologist Apprenticeship training, call Moraine Park at 262-335-5841 or 920-924-3258.