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 instruction 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.

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. Paula has also received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Career And Technical Education from Northern Vermont University
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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

Name Business
Gene Jennings
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

Jobs Average Salary
Hair Stylist $29,015
Make Up Artist $47,917
Salon Owner/Manager $37,434
Cosmetologist $27,036
Nail Technician $29,346
Esthetician $35,181

*Average Salaries for Vermont taken from Zip Recruiter ( in October 2020.

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