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Otsego Northern Catskills




Instructor: Alexis Rogers

Course Description
Students in the Appearance Enhancement Department will be preparing to enter a highly demanding, $52 billion-a-year industry. They will develop professional skills in business and communication.  They will use products used in business.  New York State and Industry standards set the entry-level guidelines for completion of licensing in the Cosmetology field.  A New York State license is recognized nationwide. Written and practical State Board Exams are given by the State of New York after students have successfully completed the course.  Upon certification, students will be ready for an entry-level position in the cosmetology industry.

Career Opportunities

= Skin care specialist

= Make-up Artist

= Cosmetic chemist

= Publishing

= Salon owner

= Hair colorist

= Retail specialist

= Competition platform specialist

= Educational specialist

= Barber-stylist

= Sales and marketing

Areas of Emphasis

= Cosmetology: 1000 hour program —salon ecology, trichology, haircutting, chemistry, biology, coloring, texturizing, styling, nail care, skin care and business law

Scope of Course

= Safety and health

= Professional ethics and attitude

= Cells, anatomy, and physiology

= Methods of infection control

= Client consultation

= Structure and function of the skin, hair and nails

= Chemistry

= Hair analysis

= Scalp and nail disorders and diseases

= Body procedures (aromatherapy, water therapies)

= Electricity

= Business law and practices

= Job skills

= Make-up technologies

= Science

= Math

= Entrepreneurship

Articulation Agreements
Students in the Cosmetology Program may receive advanced placement or college credit through Herkimer County Community College and Paul Smith’s College.

Students in the Appearance Enhancement Department may be eligible for the following scholarships and awards:

= Advisory Board

= Clark Scholarship


= College for Every Student

= Industry awards

Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (SkillsUSA VICA)

SkillsUSA is a student organization that develops leadership abilities and gives students the opportunity to compete in their vocational area.

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