The Cosmetology program will prepare students for a successful career in the cosmetology industry and/or employment in the technical field of cosmetology with basic entry level skills. Students enroll in the program for two academic years. During this concentrated insturuction students receive training in theoretical and practical skills, as well as all phases of hair skin and nail care with a particular focus on microbiology, infection control, life science, and business. Students must complete 1000 clock hours of applied effort as set forth by the State Board of cosmetology, in addition to complying with the educational standards of the Vermont Agency of Education. Successful students in this program must have excellent interpersonal communication skills and practice professionalism in all interactions.
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.
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.
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.
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
|Deanna McGinnis||A Signature Day Spa|
|Christine Pouliot||Christine’s Hair Styling|
|Linda Bove||Joy of Nails|
Up to 1000 hours towards the VT State Cosmetology License, Barbicide Certification, 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
|Make Up Artist||$37,000|
|Skin Care Consultant||$30,090|
*Average Salaries taken from the Department of Labor (dol.gov), Payscale (payscale.com), Glassdoor (glassdoor.com), Beauty Academy (beautyce.com), and US News (usnews.com).
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
Scales for standards assessed in this program