The Cosmetology program provides students with the skills necessary to enter a fast-paced and highly-competitive industry. Students learn basic entry-level job skills and develop an attitude of lifelong learning. The extensive training covers permanent waving, hair coloring, hairstyling, skin care, shaving, chemical and physical hair straightening, manicuring, and pedicuring. Students also learn the importance and value of creating and maintaining a client database, as well as observing proper health and hygiene standards within their working environment. Beginning each November, experienced students operate an in-house cosmetology clinic where they can apply learned techniques on clients from the community. After acquiring 600 hours, Cosmetology students will obtain a student permit allowing them to work in a salon after school or on weekends. Upon completion of the program, students are prepared to take and expected pass the State Board Examination to receive the Cosmetology and Hair Styling license.
Upon completion of the Cosmetology program, students will be qualified to take the New Jersey State Board Examination to receive the Cosmetology and Hair Styling license. Career opportunities for licensed cosmetologists include, but are not limited to: computer imaging technician, hair color technician, hair cutting technician, hair dresser assistant, hair stylist, perm technician, makeup artist, nail technician, salon manager or owner, skin care technician, and teacher. Many students choose to attend a two or four-year colleges to pursue degrees in business management or related fields, and work part-time applying the skills they have learned.
- Students can obtain a cosmetology license from the State of New Jersey, which is necessary to work in any salon in the state (If a student were to attend a cosmetology school after high school, tuition can be upwards of $15,000 for the same license)
- Students conduct clinicals at the school and apply the skills they have learned on clients from the community
- Several SCVTS Cosmetology program graduates have gone on to become salon owners
- The Cosmetology program is among the most popular SCVTS offerings, with a full enrollment assured almost every year