New CWC cosmetology track set to begin Oct. 20

Sep 28, 2017 By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

New cosmetology students at Central Wyoming College will have five tracks to choose from when they decide to enroll.

The CWC Board of Trustee approved the programs Wednesday, and classes are set to begin Oct. 20. Offerings include a nail technician certificate, a cosmetology instructor certificate, an esthetician certificate, a hair technician certificate, and an associate's degree in cosmetology.


The courses will be taught by the instructor who formerly worked at Styles School of Cosmetology, which is now closed.

Kathy Wells, CWC's vice president for academic affairs, said the college has "assumed that operation."

"So the Styles School of Cosmetology doesn't exist anymore," she said. "We've taken over."

A grant is covering the cost to employ the Styles licensed cosmetologist, who also has a teaching license and will instruct and direct the program; a second qualified instructor is budgeted for and will be hired for the spring 2018 semester, according to the school.

CWC says it worked closely with Styles - which operated in Riverton for 15 years - to develop its curriculum for cosmetology students. The college also worked with the Wyoming State Board of Cosmetology, which approved the new program in July.

"They were very enthusiastic about the program," Wells said in documents requesting the Wyoming Community College Commission approve the new offerings. "(They) stated the need for a second college program in the state to reach the central, northern and northwestern areas of Wyoming and even regionally surrounding states."

Eastern Wyoming College offers cosmetology instruction in Torrington.


In reviewing the program offerings Wednesday, Trustee Nicole Schoening said CWC's classes should include the same opportunities as the ones at EWC.

"I always heard the advantage of going to Eastern for students interested in cosmetology was the business component, so I was glad to see the business component in here," she said.

A class in small business practices is part of the curriculum for students earning an associate's degree in cosmetology or an esthetician certificate.

"It's exciting," Schoening continued. "(I'm) thrilled by the courses we'll be able to offer and impressed by the work you've done."

In her request to offer the programs, Wells said CWC has been exploring the idea for about 10 years. Meanwhile, the industry has continued to grow, in part due to the aging population's attention to skin care, as well as the current trends in nail design, according to her request.

"The national and state trends reflect a 'bright outlook' for cosmetology with incomes in Wyoming exceeding the national averages," she wrote.

In addition, she said, CWC recruiters got feedback from high school counselors in the area who said there is "high interest" in cosmetology among their students.

Salon owners and stylists in Fremont County also had a "very positive response" to the idea, noting that there is a need for "more skilled labor in the area," she wrote.

Student interest

When CWC began working on the new program offering, Wells said about 45 students expressed interest in a cosmetology-related degree.

Currently, she said 10 students are registered to start classes next month, and she would like to see a total of 15 enrolled this year.

Maximum capacity is 20, but Wells said the program sizes will vary each semester depending on the tracks students choose to take, and the number of instructors available.

Wells noted that, while the program costs money to implement, it also will generate revenue for CWC, as members of the public eventually will be able to purchase services from students. That money will go back to CWC.

Nail technician

Students who want to earn a certificate to become nail technicians will study comprehensive nail treatments including manicures and pedicures and hand, arm, foot, and leg massage.

They also will study proper cleaning, disinfection and other skills for ensuring client safety during nail procedures.

The certificate requires the completion of 20 credit hours. Classes include orientation to cosmetology, which provides an overview of the field and disciplines of cosmetology with an emphasis on professional presence, ethics, human relations, interpersonal communication and Wyoming laws as they pertain to cosmetology.

Students will take an infection-control class and general cosmetology science, which includes lessons anatomy and physiology, electricity and basic cosmetology chemistry. In intro to nail technology they'll explore the structure, composition and growth of nails and learn about diseases and disorders of the skin and nail.

Cosmetology instructor

To become a cosmetology instructor, students must learn about teaching principles, learning styles, curriculum development, instructional planning, counseling and career assistance, test development and classroom management. The certificate requires 21 credit hours, including a class on general professional standards, the science of teaching, laboratory instruction, and student supervision. They'll practice coaching and lecturing and learn about student motivation, learning, personality styles and barriers.


The esthetician certificate focuses on care of the skin, featuring lessons on the various skin types and disorders as well as infection control and the ways in which general nutrition impacts skin health. Students can learn about electrotherapy, light therapy, facial treatments, facial massage, and use of cosmetics and skin care products.

The certificate requires 30 credit hours, including classes in infection control, cosmetology science and skin technology, in which they'll learn about the structure of the skin as well as relevant disorders and the affects of nutrition. Students will learn how to analyze skin problems and cleanse, beautify and preserve the health of skin on the entire body. They'll also study procedures for temporary and permanent hair removal.

Hair technician

The hair technician program teaches students to apply design elements in order to execute hair styles that are "desirable to the client," Wells' request states. Topics also include the application of chemical treatments, texturing and extensions, paired with lessons on various hair types and their responses to styling practices.

The certificate requires 39 credit hours, including study of the properties of the hair and scalp, including the chemistry, color and growth patterns of hair. Hair loss and scalp disorders are part of the curriculum, as well as the basics of chemistry and electricity related to cosmetology.

Cosmetology AAS

The associate's degree in cosmetology requires 60 credit hours and incorporates most of the classes that are included in the certificate tracks, with an emphasis on safety and infection control in all aspects of the various disciplines. Students will also develop the professional skills that are necessary to communicate effectively and "make sound decisions."

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