Lone Star College-Kingwood offers a variety of hands-on programs that allow students to learn about their chosen field in and out of the classroom.
The cosmetology and esthetics programs teach students the information they need in the classroom and provide an opportunity for them to practice their skills in the state-of-the-art lab located on campus. As students advance through their coursework, they also learn how their chosen fields can help customers change their lives.
"Beauty services are more popular today than ever before. People want to take advantage of relaxing treatments that help them look and feel their best," said Christine Mullins, lead professor of cosmetology at LSC-Kingwood. "Clients use these services to create new looks, which boosts their confidence."
The workforce programs will hold spring information sessions for anyone interested in becoming a licensed professional in the cosmetology or esthetics careers. The meetings are on March 2, April 13, and May 4 at 2 p.m. in Classroom Building A (CLA) room 102. Attendees will learn more about what each course has to offer, admission requirements, estimated cost, and class schedules.
"Students are trained on various treatments that range from haircuts, blow out styles to color and balayage. They also learn how to do perms, relaxers, custom facials, and waxing services," Mullins said.
The cosmetology program trains students on how to care for hair, nails, and skin. After three semesters and earning 1,000 clock hours, students are eligible to take the Texas Department of Licenses and Regulations (TDLR) exam and apply for a cosmetology operator's license. Once credentialed, graduates can work in salons and spas doing all aspects of cosmetology or choose to practice a specialty service.
The esthetics program teaches students exclusively interested in skincare. After two semesters and logging 750 clock hours, students can qualify to take the TDLR exam and apply for an esthetician license. Once licensed, graduates can work in salons, spas, or medical spas performing facials or working as makeup artists.
In addition to coursework, the cosmetology and esthetics programs offer a wide range of walk-in only services to the community for a low price. Cosmetology treatments are available on Tuesday-Thursday at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Facial services are offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
"This is a great benefit for the students and the public. Students can practice under the supervision of their instructors, and community members can receive quality services at an affordable cost," she said.