Could recent changes in Texas Cosmetology Regulation mean MORE High School Cosmetology?  We certainl

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I pretty much hated high school! You see, much like today’s student, I knew from a very early age what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wanted to become a hair stylist. I proved this point to my mom by cutting all the hair off of my Barbies and constantly bugging her to allow me to color my hair. She finally caved around the time I was in 4th grade. From that point on, I was BLONDE! My future plans were sealed. 

You may be wondering if a future cosmetologist needs a high school education. The answer is yes. One of the licensing requirements in The State of Texas is a high school diploma, a GED or proving ability to benefit from training through a successful attempt on an approved exam. Some programs use a TSI test to prove ability to benefit, however there are other options. ( Department of Education on ATB Tests)

There are currently 453 TDLR Licensed Cosmetology Schools in Texas. These include traditional private schools such as The Paul Mitchell Academy, Public Community College Programs such as Navarro College and High Schools in State of Texas Independent School Districts offering Vocational Cosmetology Programs. How many of the 453 Cosmetology Schools are in High Schools? The answer may surprise you. At the time this article was written, approximately 180 of the 453 programs are located in High Schools., around 40%!

When I was in high school in the 1980’s, my high School did not offer Cosmetology as a part of its Vocational Courses. Fast forward almost 30 years, they STILL don’t offer Cosmetology. School districts all across Texas are rushing to add Career and Technical Education programs. This is a great thing because students need options. However, I’m not sure if districts are adding CTE programs because they want to provide opportunities for students. Many may be adding what they can to comply with Texas House Bill 5 and it’s requirements that can affect a campus rating due to the emphasis on College and Career Readiness. Even with the overhaul in 2017, schools are busy at work on CTE, we are seeing many school districts spend billions on CTE Centers for their students, but despite the fact that Cosmetology is one of the occupational careers that has proven itself to be strong in times of economic recession, continues expansion of the industry due to growth of the population, many are NOT adding Cosmetology to their CTE course catalog. The Cosmetology industry really doesn’t receive the respect it deserves in Texas High Schools. To my knowledge, it is the only program that offers a State of Texas License that can be completed prior to high school graduation. Vocational Cosmetology Students who are successful with both the rigorous written and practical exam in Texas are fully licensed and ready to enter the workforce upon completion, unlike many programs such as Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts and Health Science programs. which may require more education after a student finishes high school. Recently, changes have been made to the Rules and Regulations which govern Texas Cosmetology Schools. In the past, if a school district wanted to add cosmetology, they would devote anywhere from 1800 square feet to 2800 square feet including a minimum number of stations and a locker room. These restrictions have been removed, meaning schools can start small, as it fits their current needs, and then expand as the program grows. We view this as a win for smaller school districts in Texas and hope that they will consider offering this program for their students. One thing is for certain, people will ALWAYS need to have their hair cut and seek out personal care services as a means of self-care and revitalization. Earning a cosmetology license in high school is a great move for a student looking to enter the industry as a life long cosmetology professional or as a stepping stone to higher education. Remember that kid who hated high school and ONLY wanted to stand behind the chair and do a little hair? Well, she achieved that goal, eventually returned to a high school campus as a teacher, went on to earn 2 associates degrees, a bachelors degree and is working on completing a masters degree. Of course, cosmetology students will all experience different levels of success. One thing is for certain, no one ever damaged their future by receiving a state license as a cosmetologist. You can review all of the changes to TDLR Regulations as they pertain to cosmetology buy clicking the link below. We have highlighted changes affecting schools below the link. As always, Keep Camp & Style On! Changes to TDLR Regulations for Cosmetology c) Private beauty culture schools offering instruction for persons seeking a license or certificate must have and maintain the following: (1) a building of permanent construction that must include two separate areas, one area for instruction in theory and one area for clinic work, and that must also include access to permanent restrooms and adequate drinking fountain facilities; [(2) In counties with populations of 100,000 or less, the building must have a minimum of 1,800 square feet of floor space.  In counties with populations of more than 100,000, the building must have a minimum of 2,800 square feet of floor space.  Population shall be determined according to the current decennial data compiled by the United States Census Bureau.] (2) [(3)] adequate space, equipment, and instructional materials to provide quality classroom training to the number of students enrolled [established by the department sufficient to instruct a minimum of 10 students]; (3) [(4)] proof of ownership of building or proof of a lease for the first 12 months of operation; and (4) [(5)] a copy of the curriculum approved by the department for each course offered.                        (d) Public beauty culture schools must have and maintain the following: (1) Adequate space to provide quality classroom training for the number of students enrolled including an [; not less than 2,200 square feet that includes] office, dispensary, [locker room,] classroom and laboratory space; (2) adequate equipment and instructional materials required by the department; and (3) a copy of the curriculum approved by the department for each course offered. (e) A beauty culture schools offering instruction for persons seeking a license or certificate must comply with all health and safety standards established by this chapter.

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