Use Creative Skills to Make People Look and Feel Good

A student in a smock uses a blow dryer and brush on a mannequin head that is supported on a salon chair, while several other students also working on mannequins are visible in the classroom background.
Students learn the competencies and professional skills necessary to pass the New York State practical and written Cosmetology licensing exams, which require completion of 1,000 hours of instruction and practice. The program encompasses the fundamentals of hair design, chemical services, and nail and skin care.

Units of Study

Orientation and Safety, plus:

  • Infection Control
  • Properties of the Scalp and Hair
  • Shampooing/Conditioning
  • Hair Cutting
  • Artistry in Hair Styling
  • Permanent Waving
  • Artistry of Artificial Hair
  • Manicures/Pedicures/Nails
  • Salon Business Practices

College Credits

MCC Dual Enrollment:
  • HED 130: Foundations of Health and Wellness

Articulation Agreements

Licensing / Industry-Based Certifications

Professional Outlook

Job Projections: 13 percent annual growth in new jobs through 2026.
Median U.S. Salary: $24,830 per year (in 2018).*

Education Requirements: In New York, a cosmetology license requires a 1,000-hour approved cosmetology program. Most entering the field gain the required education and experience through a career and technical education program or post-secondary training school. 
*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 


Lisa Doran
Raeann Materise
Felicia Robinson 
Lisa Doran has been a cosmetologist for 36 years. She attended a career and technical school for training while in high school and worked in the cosmetology field since high school. She was a teacher at a private cosmetology school before coming to WEMOCO. 
Raeann Materise started her career in  cosmetology at WEMOCO as a student in Felicia Robinson’s class. After she graduated in 2013, she went directly into industry- working full time as a hairstylist. In 2014 Raeann attended community college for business and then transferred to Buffalo, earning a B.S. in Career and Technical Education. During college, Raeann worked full time as a hairstylist and salon manager. She began her teaching career at WEMOCO in January 2019. 
Felicia Robinson has been in the beauty industry for 35 years. She began her career as a student in a BOCES program and from there she went on to work for 15 years, eventually owning a salon for 7 years. After completing her bachelor’s degree in education, she began her career as an educator at WEMOCO in 1997.

Enrollment Information

Meet with your school counselor to discuss how Career & Technical Education at WEMOCO can benefit your career development. Your counselor can help you begin the enrollment process.
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