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Career Connections: Cosmetology

5 minutes

(Describer) Beside four different-size different-color circles connected by lines, title: Career Connections.

(Describer) Title: Cosmetology. Salon chairs stand in front of mirrors.

(woman) Salon Institute is a very business-focused, fashion-focused cosmetology college here in Toledo. We are the sole TIGI school in northwest Ohio,

(Describer) Kristin Rummell:

and our entire purpose is to elevate the salon and beauty culture industry through education. This is not a last resort. This is a calling, a career.

(Describer) Kristen King:

I was 17 when I started beauty school. I never intended it as a career. That changed once I started working behind a chair and seeing the passion of people I was working with. They loved their job. That's rare to find that in any field. And just working with great educators. There was more to this whole career than just cutting and styling hair. You make people feel great about themselves when you do that makeover or look change, and it's just such a rewarding job. In Ohio, there are a few different licensures that you can get as a beauty expert. It goes down from esthetician. You can get an esthetician license

all the way through cosmetology manager with levels in-between. In order to practice full cosmetology, which is haircutting, coloring, manicures, pedicures, facials, basic waxing, everything involved in cosmetology, it's a 1,500 class-hour program set by the state of Ohio. At Salon Institute, we offer a full 1,800 class-hour cosmetology manager program. It's going to give them additional credentials,

(Describer) Students work on hair on mannequin heads.

so they can test for their cosmetology manager's license.

(Describer) Title: What is the job demand for cosmetology?

In 2013, our most recent reporting year, we had a 94% job placement rate. This industry can be rewarding. If you put all of your heart into it, you can make lots of money. We can't be outsourced. If you're passionate, you will be successful.

(Describer) Title: What can I do now to prepare for my career?

High school students who excel here are the ones who were very focused on science and art. So much science goes into hairdressing. You would be shocked. The biggest one that helps the most would be anatomy. Lots of people struggle with the anatomy chapter. We have to know the muscles, the bones, the nerves. Everything about the body, we're still tested on that.

(Kristin) Take your geometry, take your anatomy, take your chemistry, all of that, and take some art classes. Hit the pencil. Learn to draw. Take classes about color. I would say speech. If you are shy or can't talk to strangers, part of our job is being outgoing and getting our own clientele. Speech or any elective that would cause you to talk or just get you out of your shell, all of those would be very beneficial. I have talked to hundreds of students, and so many say, "Mom and Dad really want me "to go to University of Toledo or BG, and I don't want to go to college." I encourage them that this is college, but different. This isn't a traditional four-year college. That is okay because traditional four-year college is not for everyone. This is a chance to take your artistry and desire to do something creative and different and transform it into a really viable, lucrative career.

(Describer) Titles: For more information, visit TheSalonInstitute.edu and OhioMeansJobs.com. Funding to purchase and make this educational program accessible was provided by the U.S. Department of Education. Contact the Department of Education by telephone at 1-800-USA-LEARN, or online at www.ed.gov.

Funding to purchase and make this educational production accessible was provided by the U.S. Department of Education:

PH: 1-800-USA-LEARN (V) or WEB: www.ed.gov.

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Students speak with professional cosmetologists and trainers to learn the benefits of a career in professional cosmetology. They also receive advice on how to get started in the career. Part of the "Career Connections" series.

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Runtime: 5 minutes

Career Connections
Episode 1
5 minutes
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Career Connections
Episode 2
6 minutes
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Career Connections
Episode 3
3 minutes
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Career Connections
Episode 4
5 minutes
Grade Level: 7 - 12
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Episode 5
5 minutes
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Episode 6
4 minutes
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Episode 7
7 minutes
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Episode 8
7 minutes
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Career Connections
Episode 9
6 minutes
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Career Connections
Episode 10
6 minutes
Grade Level: 7 - 12