This program prepares students for a successful career in the cosmetology industry. Students enroll in the program for two academic years and the following fall semester if hours have not been fully attained. During this concentrated instruction, students may accumulate 1,500 clock hours required to be eligible for the Vermont State Cosmetology Licensing Examination. Successful students in this program must have excellent interpersonal communication skills and practice professionalism in all interactions. Applied academics in the areas of business and finance, cosmetic chemistry, and language arts are an integral part of the program.

What We Do

Hands-on training in the STC classroom and student run salon. Students also get a chance to take part in work based learning in local salons.

Program Instructor

Stacy Hutchins

Stacy Hutchins did her cosmetology training at Obriens school of Cosmetology in Burlington VT. After working for 19 years in salon environments and being self employed for the last 10 years she decided that working with upcoming cosmetologists by joining Stafford Technical Center was where she wanted to take her career in Cosmetology.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and two teenage boys, attending sporting events for her sons and reading.
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Paula Levasseur

Paula Levasseur resided in Dartmouth, Massachusetts before arriving in Rutland, Vermont. She owned a full-service salon and spa focusing on all areas of cosmetology for over twenty-two years. She has attended various aspects of education including Vocational Education through Fitchburg State University; Vidal Sassoon Academy (London, England); and Martin Parson’s Academy in Canada.
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Krista Young

With 15 years in the cosmetology field, Krista comes to us from her salon just up the road in Rutland Town.  Having graduated Obrien’s Aveda Institute in 2002, each year she attends several classes and hair shows to further her education. She has also studied at The Redken Exchange in NYC, specializing in corrective color.
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Gabby Vest, Class of 2012

Stafford honestly changed my life. I was really unhappy at my sending school. I got good grades but lacked a passion for anything. At Stafford I found my passion. People go their entire life never finding theirs and I’m thankful everyday that I found mine.


Program Advisory Committee

Gene Jennings
Deanna McGinnisA Signature Day Spa
Christine PouliotChristine’s Hair Styling
Linda BoveJoy of Nails


Up to 1500 hours towards the VT State Cosmetology License.  American Heart Association HeartSaver® First Aid/CPR with AED. Students completing 90% of the Core Competencies will receive a certificate from Stafford Technical Center.



Average Career Salaries

JobsAverage Salary
Hair Colorist$27,940
Make Up Artist$37,000
Salon Owner$23,710
Hair Designer$23,120
Nail Technician$20,645
Skin Care Consultant$30,090

*Average Salaries taken from the Department of Labor (, Payscale (, Glassdoor (, Beauty Academy (, and US News (



Requirements For This Program

Recommended Prerequisites: basic math skills – addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, geometric shapes, understanding angles; measuring skills (length and volume); competency with fine motor skills; strong hand-eye coordination skills; proficient in positive social/interpersonal skills; completed 10th grade
Reading Level of course materials: Grade 11.1