Skills Center cosmetology program gets a makeover

first_imgHours: Noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.Appointments: 360-604-1080. Walk-ins also are accepted.Cost: $5.50 for a basic haircut, $6 for a basic manicure, $10 for a basic pedicure, $12.50 for a facial, $15 for semi-permanent color.Where: 12200 N.E. 28th St., Vancouver.Information: The Clark County Skills Center’s two-year cosmetology program has 84 students enrolled. Students operate a salon open to the public and also are taught business management skills.o A total of 1,600 hours are required for a beauty operator’s license in Washington.Desi Scheu knew the Afro-textured dark hair on the mannequin would react to the bleach she applied to lighten it.“I knew I was going to tone it,” Scheu said Wednesday. “She turned really orange. I’m using a high toner of violet to cancel out the orange.” Scheu used a flat brush to apply a thick liquid to the human hair on the mannequin in front of her.Scheu, 17, is a second-year student in the cosmetology program at Clark County Skills Center. During the two-year program focused on both theory in the classroom and clinical experience, students spend a minimum of 1,400 hours working on hair, 100 hours on nails and 100 hours on facials, waxing and tweezing. The cosmetology program has been a part of the Skills Center since it opened in 1983, but in previous years, cosmetology students had their practical experience at an off-campus salon. In September, the Skills Center opened its own cosmetology building, which includes classroom space, lab space and a salon with public hours.Students attend Skills Center programs as high school juniors and seniors. This year, there are 64 first-year students and 20 second-year students in the cosmetology program. The popular program has a waiting list, said Margaret Rice, dean of students. Only three of the beginning students are male. All of the second-year students are female. The program’s advisory board hopes to increase the number of male students.last_img

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