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Barber Cosmetology students make styling affordable

By Ashley Miner, Times Staff Reporter
On May 9, 2013

In the 2013-2014 school year there will be up to five different paths one can take within the Barber/Cosmetology  department.
What will be formerly known as Barber/Cosmetology, a technical diploma, will be split into two separate entities. There will be a diploma for a Barber and another for Cosmetology.
There are three other routes: Barber/Cosmetologist Apprenticeship, where students gain paid work experience, an Instructor certificate that will allow one to teach this skill, and a Manager certificate giving one the tools needed in owning a salon.
This program is year-round and requires students to be at school at 7:45 a.m. until 4:25 p.m. It prepares students for a full- time job with a one-hour lunch break.
Barber/Cosmetology student Jerome Kidd says, "This is a very intense program but our teachers are very good and capable of teaching us, we will graduate well informed. You can start off knowing nothing and will become a stylist through the training you receive."
The students still are required to take the Accuplacer to enter their program.
The classes are not only styling, but they have to take business management classes, a math class and social science class to make sure they know how to and are comfortable working with other people.
Another Barber/Cosmetology student Angela Vervooren says her plan for the summer is to complete the next step of her program and participate in an externship. She intends to finish in December.
The current senior class all started in August of 2012 and will be graduating December 2013.  When asked what her favorite style is, Vervooren claims, "I like hair tinting, I've been coloring hair since I was younger, I'm glad I can be certified in this."
Client Services is a class only for seniors where customers can get their hair done at an affordable price. As students progress in the program and complete their quota, they demonstrate many styles on actual human heads or on a mannequin head.
Rosetta Robinson, another student of Barber/Cosmotology adds, "You have to meet your quota to get to the next client services class."
Barber/Cosmetology student Victoria Kaelor explains, "A mannequin counts as one point and a person counts as two." There are five levels of client services.
This program stays up to date with today's hairstyles by including dreads and sew-ins to the curriculum. But they still know how to do older styles like the permanent wave.
Kidd says, "We have a lot of homeless people come when we offer free haircuts." Free haircuts are on Monday mornings from 7:45 to noon in room M124 and then again in the afternoon starting at noon until 4:25 p.m. in room M128.
Customer Rosie Shaw clarified, "I got a shampoo, blow dry and style and she did a good job! I've been coming here for about 30 years and it's wonderful."
Shaw is a retired MATC employee, working here is how she found out about the services and she's been a client ever since. She adds, "I tell everybody about MATC's client services, my daughter comes too now." Elliyah Russ styled Shaw's hair on her last visit.
Kidd says, "This is one of the best Barber/Cosmetology programs in the city." Vervooren agrees and adds, "It's affordable too. When I decided this is what I was going to school for, I looked at VICI and Empire and MATC is like half the cost of those programs."
For an appointment on Mondays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays between the times of 12:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. you can go to room M128. On Wednesday and Friday afternoons at 12:45 to 3 p.m. the services are in room M124.
Hair salon, nail salon, massage therapy can also be on the horizon after completing the Barber/Cosmetology program.
Along with the hair part of this program students also learn how to do nails, eyebrows, facials and massages.
The services all can be found on the first floor of the M building. If there are any questions, call 414-297-6476 or visit

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