Cosmetology

What It's About


The Cosmetology program is a 1000-hour hands-on introduction to the exciting and creative world of the beauty industry with an emphasis on professionalism and guidelines set forth by the New York State Division of Licensing. Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to take the New York State Board Exam to become a licensed Cosmetologist. The course is designed to prepare students to pass both the written and practical New York State Department of Licensing exam in Cosmetology, obtain the knowledge and skills needed for an entry level position within the beauty industry, or seek advanced training in the field. The program provides a curriculum which includes theory, practical, professional, ethical and health awareness. Students practice techniques in a supervised clinic which consists of a full service salon.

  • Student doing eyebrows
  • Student washing another student's hair
  • Student practicing on a dummy
  • Two students practicing on a dummy

Things You Get To Do

  • Trip to the Ellicottville Salt Cave Halotherapy Spa
  • Tour local spas
  • Perform hair and nail care at local businesses and organizations for public service
  • Seniors run in-house salon
  • Make-overs for Media Class Fashion Photography Shoot
  • Manicure/Pedicure Contests

Where It Can Lead

  • Salon Owner
  • Licensed Cosmetologist
  • Nail Technician
  • Esthetician
  • Massage Therapist

What You Can Earn

  • New York State Technical Endorsement on High School Diploma
  • New York State Appearance Enhancement License

Go To College With Credits

  • Alfred State College
  • Bryant and Stratton College
  • Continental School of Beauty

Where It's Held

  • Career and Technical Education Center at Belmont
    5536 County Route 48, Belmont, NY 14813 | 716-376-8326
  • Career and Technical Education Center at Ellicottville
    5550 Route 242 E. Ellicottville, NY 14731-0690 | 716-376-8300
  • Career and Technical Education Center at Olean
    1825 Windfall Rd., Olean, NY 14760-9303 | 716-376-8200