Cosmetology

The Cosmetology curriculum is designed to provide competency-based knowledge, scientific/artistic principles, and hands-on fundamentals associated with the cosmetology industry. The curriculum provides a simulated salon environment which enables students to develop manipulative skills.

Course work includes instruction in all phases of professional imaging, hair design, chemical processes, skin care, nail care, multi-cultural practices, business/computer principles, product knowledge, and other selected topics.

The WCC Cosmetology programs operate under the full approval of the North Carolina State Board of Cosmetic Arts Examiners. A state board examination must be successfully passed in order to receive a license. Employment is available in beauty salons and related businesses.

Contact Information

For information about Cosmetology in Wilkes, contact:

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Jeff Shore, MA
Director of Workforce Development and Community Education Administration and Occupational Training
Phone: 336-838-6206
Fax: 336-903-3174
wjshore321@wilkescc.edu

For information about Cosmetology in Ashe, call 336-982-HAIR (4247) or contact:

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Miriam Little, Diploma
Coordinator/lnstructor - Cosmetology
mwlittle216@wilkescc.edu
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Tonya Watson
Lead Instructor - Cosmetology
tgwatson758@wilkescc.edu

Pathways

Course Requirements

    Fall Semester
    • ACA 115 Success & Study Skills

      This course provides an orientation to the campus resources and academic skills necessary to achieve educational objectives. Emphasis is placed on an exploration of facilities and services, study skills, library skills, self-assessment, wellness, goal-setting, and critical thinking. Upon completion, students should be able to manage their learning experiences to successfully meet educational goals.

    • COS 111 Cosmetology Concepts I

      This course introduces basic cosmetology concepts. Topics include safety, first aid, sanitation, bacteriology, anatomy, diseases and disorders, hygiene, product knowledge, chemistry, ethics, manicures, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to safely and competently apply cosmetology concepts in the salon setting.

    • COS 112 Salon I

      This course introduces basic salon services. Topics include scalp treatments, shampooing, rinsing, hair color, design, haircutting, permanent waving, pressing, relaxing, wigs, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to safely and competently demonstrate salon services.

    • ENG 102 Applied Communications II

      This course is designed to enhance writing and speaking skills for the workplace. Emphasis is placed on generating short writings such as job application documents, memoranda, and reports and developing interpersonal communication skills with employees and the public. Upon completion, students should be able to prepare effective, short, and job-related written and oral communications.

    Spring Semester
    • COS 113 Cosmetology Concepts II

      This course covers more comprehensive cosmetology concepts. Topics include safety, product knowledge, chemistry, manicuring, chemical restructuring, and hair coloring. Upon completion, students should be able to safely and competently apply these cosmetology concepts in the salon setting.

    • COS 114 Salon II

      This course provides experience in a simulated salon setting. Topics include basic skin care, manicuring, nail application, scalp treatments, shampooing, rinsing, hair color, design, haircutting, chemical restructuring, pressing, wigs, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to safely and competently demonstrate these salon services.

    • COS 115 Cosmetology Concepts III

      This course covers more comprehensive cosmetology concepts. Topics include safety, product knowledge, salon management, salesmanship, skin care, electricity/light therapy, wigs, thermal hair styling, lash and brow tinting, superfluous hair removal, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to safely and competently apply these cosmetology concepts in the salon setting.

    • COS 116 Salon III

      This course provides comprehensive experience in a simulated salon setting. Emphasis is placed on intermediate-level of skin care, manicuring, scalp treatments, shampooing, hair color, design, haircutting, chemical restructuring, pressing, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to safely and competently demonstrate these salon services.

    • PSY 118 Interpersonal Psychology

      This course introduces the basic principles of psychology as they relate to personal and professional development. Emphasis is placed on personality traits, communication/leadership styles, effective problem solving, and cultural diversity as they apply to personal and work environments. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of these principles of psychology as they apply to personal and professional development.

    Summer Term
    • COS 117 Cosmetology Concepts IV

      This course covers advanced cosmetology concepts. Topics include chemistry and hair structure, advanced cutting and design, and an overview of all cosmetology concepts in preparation for the licensing examination. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of these cosmetology concepts and meet program completion requirements.

    • COS 118 Salon IV

      This course provides advanced experience in a simulated salon setting. Emphasis is placed on efficient and competent delivery of all salon services in preparation for the licensing examination and employment. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in program requirements and the areas covered on the Cosmetology Licensing Examination and meet entry-level employment requirements.

    The Cosmetology course is designed for full-time and part-time classes. 1500 hours and mastering numerous skills are required before receiving a certificate of completion. A state board exam is administered before licenses can be rendered.

    We offer a complete cosmetology course, including skills of haircutting, styling, permanent waving, hair coloring, hair relaxing, facials, manicuring, pedicuring, make-up, massage, lash/brow tint, waxing, and other cosmetic procedures.

    Students completing the basic curriculum satisfactorily will advance to the clinic to complete remaining hours under instructor’s supervision.

    This comprehensive course provides instruction and clinical practice in manicuring, nail building (application and maintenance of artificial nails), and pedicuring. The course content includes nail anatomy, disorders of nails, and irregularities of nails; theory and salesmanship as it relates to manicuring; actual practice in manicuring; and arm, hand, and foot massage.

    Manicurist students must complete 300 hours in an approved beauty school or college before applying to the State Board of Cosmetic Arts for examination. Students enrolled only in manicuring shall only perform services directly to the prescribed course in manicuring.

    Please note: this is a comprehensive course to provide training for those persons interested in becoming registered manicurists only and not desiring to become licensed cosmetologists.

    The Esthetician (Skin Care) Program consists of facial manipulations; facial for dry, normal, and oily skin types, packs and masks. It also includes make-up application, waxing, tweezing, and the study of skin disorders and diseases. This course is designed for full-time and part-time classes, and includes theory and practical application. 600 hours are required.

    Upcoming Courses

    This comprehensive course provides instruction and clinical practice in manicuring, nail building (application and maintenance of artificial nails) and pedicuring. The course content includes nail anatomy, disorders of nails, and irregularities of nails; theory and salesmanship as it relates to manicuring; actual practice in manicuring; and arm, hand, and foot massage. Manicurist students must complete 300 hours in an approved beauty school or college before applying to the State Board of Cosmetic Arts for examination. Students enrolled only in manicuring shall only perform services directly relating to the prescribed course in manicuring. Please note, this is a comprehensive course to provide training for those persons interested in becoming registered manicurists only and not desiring to become licensed cosmetologists.

    Time: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

    Location: Off Campus - FAMC, Room 15B

    Instructor: Miriam Little

    Comments: Becky Greer rcgreer213@wilkescc.edu 336-903-3117 Miriam Little @ 336-982-4247 to schedule an appointment for enrollment.

    Visit the WDCE page for a complete list of upcoming courses. Many courses are offered online via Ed2Go.

    Is there a specific course you would like to see offered? Contact cbmiller923@wilkescc.edu.

    Technical Standards

    The Cosmetology program technical standards have been developed to inform students of the nonacademic essential functions of the program and profession. Examples are not all inclusive.

    Standard Essential Function Examples
    Communication
    Oral / Written
    • Skills sufficient to communicate information and ideas so others will understand
    • Skills sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds
    • Communicate with coworkers and customers via phone or face-to-face
    Mobility / Motor Skills
    • Motor skills sufficient to move the hands and use hands to grasp or manipulate objects
    • Mobility sufficient to perform physical activities that require considerable use of arms and legs and moving the whole body
    • Use scissors to cut hair
    • Maneuver in confined spaces
    • Physical activities may include:
      • Bending
      • Stooping
      • Standing
      • Lifting
      • Reaching
    Physical Strength and Stamina
    • Ability to stand for extended periods of time
    • Ability to elevate arms for extended periods of time
    • Ability sufficient to lift and carry up to 30 pounds
    • Stand up to 8 hours while working with customers
    • Use cosmetology tools at elevated position while working on customer’s hair
    • Assist customers in and out of shampoo chairs
    Sensory

    • Sight
    • Sound
    • Taste
    • Touch
    • Smell
    • Visual skills sufficient to see details at close range
    • Ability to clearly distinguish colors and shades of color
    • Listening skills sufficient to communicate with others
    • View work to determine if hair is cut evenly
    • Mix and apply hair color
    Environmental / Occupational Exposure
    • Exposure to chemicals
    • Hair colors, perm solution, cleaning products
    Field or Industry Professional Standards
    • Free of disabling or contagious disease (NC law)

    Disability Services Statement

    Wilkes Community College is an ADA compliant institution. WCC does not discriminate based on a disability in the admissions process or in access to its programs, services, and/or activities for qualified individuals who meet eligibility requirements. WCC will provide reasonable accommodations for individuals with documented disabilities who are eligible to receive or participate in college programs, services, and/or activities. If a student believes that he/she cannot meet one or more of a program’s essential functions without accommodations, the student is encouraged to disclose this to Disability Services as soon as possible.