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Program Description, Mission, and Objectives

The Cosmetology Technology program is a full-time classroom theory with “hands-on” practice in the laboratory. The curriculum is designed to provide students the opportunity to acquire knowledge, attitudes and skills to obtain a certificate, verifying competency in Cosmetology. Graduates of the Cosmetology program are eligible to take the Alabama State Board of Examination for licensure as a Cosmetologist.

The fundamental mission of the cosmetology program is to provide excellence in career training. This dictates that the program shows a concern for a diverse population by respecting its clients' values, traditions, and aspirations. The Cosmetology program seeks to satisfy the employment and educational needs of the business and industry community. 

Career Opportunities

Graduate of the Cosmetology Program may become employed as a Cosmetologist, Hairstylist, Color Technician, Manicurist, Make-up Artist, Cosmetology Instructor or Salon Owner.

Additional information is available from the Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Skills Needed

In order to be successful in the field of Cosmetology, a graduate should have finger dexterity, sense of form and artistry, enjoy dealing with the public, be able to follow a client’s instructions, have above average business skills and be an effective sales person who can attract new clients.

Expected Earnings/Salary

Earnings for Cosmetology Graduates as reported by the 2010-2011 Occupational Outlook Handbook are as follows:
Median annual earnings for salaried hair-dressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists, including tips and commission are $23,150. The highest 10 percent earn more than $42,452.
Among skin care specialists, median annual earnings, including tips, were $28,724 for manicurists and pedicurists $19,676 and for shampooers $17,305.

Types of Programs Offered

There are several certificate options for specialization in the Cosmetology Program.  Click here for the course requirements.

Upon completion of a cosmetology program and the attainment of a license, students can enroll in Cosmetology Instructor Training Courses. Students enrolling in these courses must be proficiently skilled for entry-level employment in the field, successfully pass the Alabama Board of Cosmetology licensure examination and capably train students to become professionals in the field including abiding by all rules and regulations governing safe services for themselves and their clients. 

Estimated Program Cost

Cosmetology (COS)/Cosmetology Instructor(CIT)

Award Level Credit Hours Est. Tuition/Fees Est. Books/Supplies Est. Total Cost
Career Entry Certificate (CER) - Cosmetology 59 $7,729.00 $1,500 $9,229.00
Career Skills Certificate (STC) - Cosmetology Instructor Training 29 $3,799.00 $600.00 $4,399.00

*Estimates based on Fall 2011 Tuition/Fees.  Subject to change without notice.

Advisory Committee

Tyrone Bell
Financial Consultant, PriAmerica

Devon Brown
Promotional Coordinator, Bronner Bros.

Teresa Frost
Manager, Sally Beauty Supply

Jeff McCarley
Owner, Synergy Salon

Mike Sales
Owner, Mike & Bill's Presidential Barber Shop

Click here to contact the Cosmetology Program or call 256.551.3129 for more information.

Drake State Community & Technical College

Salon Management and Hospitality Division Offering Services to the Community

J.F. Drake State Community & Technical College’s Salon Management and Hospitality Division announces the latest cosmetology services that are available to the public.  For several years, people in the Huntsville and Madison County community have been able to by the college and receive hair and nail services from the students.  With the addition of program offerings in the division, the list of services now available has grown exponentially.

“This is how the students learn both technical skills and soft skills,” boasts Ms. Nicole Bell, Cosmetology Instructor, and Salon Management and Hospitality Services Division Chair.  Ms. Bell explains that “This is our COS-123- Salon Practice Lab. This course is designed to allow students to practice all phases of cosmetology in a salon setting. Emphasis is placed on professionalism, receptionist duties, hair styling, hair shaping, chemical, and nail and skin services for clients. Upon completion, the student should be able to demonstrate professionalism and the procedures of cosmetology in a salon setting.”

The general public is allowed to be serviced by our students under supervision by instructors for a minimum price. Live works is conducted every Thursday and Friday from 9:00am until 1:00pm. 

This experience is great for our students, as it teaches them professionalism, customer service, and gives them in-house practice on real salon services.  According to Ms. Bell, the students enjoy this class. “It helps relieve them of some of the pressures they feel when working on real clients. Our customers love the salon experience. They love the low prices and we notice that they really are here to help the students also. They care about the students and their success!!”