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Helena College is launching a cosmetology program

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Helena, Montana – The first publicly accessible program of its kind in the state will be offered by Helena College in the near future.

“This is an important program for the state of Montana and for Helena specifically because we need to build the workforce. There are projected openings in this field for the next 10 years. There’s openings right now, but over the next 10 years a lot of folks are projected to retire from the cosmetology industry,” says DEAN/CEO at Helena College, Sandy Bauman.

At the Donaldson Campus, renovation work is currently being done on what was originally the fire bay for the Fire & Emergency Services program. A full-service salon will be present in the area to help students get ready for the Montana State Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists’ cosmetology license examination.

According to Bauman, the decision to launch the program was made as a result of the dearth of nearby training facilities and anticipated retirements in the sector over the following ten years.

The cosmetology program will be the first associate-degree-granting public program of its kind in the state as well.

Those who want to enter the program can start general education classes before that to get a head start. The program will start in the spring semester of 2024. The option for students to add on a certificate in business entrepreneurship will also be available.

“Which is really valuable for folks going into this industry as many people are looking at being self-employed when they move into working as a cosmetologist,” says Bauman.

The school is currently accepting proposals from the public for the salon’s name.

On Thursday, April 11, at 5:30 p.m., an informational evening will be held at the Donaldson Campus Lecture Hall. Those unable to attend in person will also have a virtual option. It is advised that interested parties register in advance.

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