Become a Cut Above the Rest as you Color the World with Style

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.
Style your future as you comb through the essentials of the beauty industry. Brush up on the secrets of the scalp and hair. Be a cut above the rest with professional hair cutting skills. Leave your mark on the world of beauty with creative hairstyling. Nail your skills in manicures, pedicures and nail art. Gain the professional skills and hours necessary to take the New York State cosmetology licensing exams.

What You Can Learn

Units of Study

  • Career Readiness Skills
  • General Science
  • Hair Care
  • Skin Care
  • Nail Care
  • Business Skills
  • State Board Prep

What You Can Earn

Available High School Academic Credits
At district request, students may earn:
  • English
  • Science
Licensing/Industry-Based Certifications
Students have opportunities to earn:
  • NYS Cosmetology License Prep
  • Barbicide Certificate

Work-Based Learning
Organizations that support this program:
  • A&A Beauty Supply
  • CosmoProf (Greece/Henrietta)
  • Coldwater Salon and Day Spa
  • Hairzoo (Maiden Lane)
  • Park Avenue Salon
  • Paul Mitchell
  • Salon Accessories
  • Samson and Delilah
  • Shades by Brows
  • Solutions Salon and Spa
  • Spa at the Oasis
  • Studio22

Where You Can Go

Career Opportunities
Minimal Requirement Beyond CTE
  • Hair Stylist
  • Makeup Artist
  • Nail Technician
  • Texturalist
Additional Education and/or Experience
  • Salon Owner
  • Esthetician
  • Platform Artist
  • Extension Hair Specialist
Postsecondary Pathways
Articulation Agreements
  • Bryant and Stratton


Lisa Doran
Lisa Doran has been a cosmetologist for more than thirty 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.

Felicia Robinson 
Felicia Robinson has been in the beauty industry for over three decades. 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.

Marisa Mantisi 
Marisa Mantisi has been working in the beauty industry since 2013. She attended school to obtain New York State Licenses in nails, waxing, cosmetology, and barbering.  After completing her teaching certification she began her career as a cosmetology instructor in 2019. In addition to teaching Marisa also uses her skills behind the chair.
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Get Started

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