Would-be hair designers will be able to get their professional training at Central Piedmont Community College, starting in August.
The school has announced it will launch a two-year associate degree program in cosmetology, offering classes at its City View Center in west Charlotte.
Students in the program will learn hot to cut and color hair, and how to perform facials, manicures and pedicures. Graduates will be able to take the state licensure exam for cosmetology.
CPCC officials say students also will be required to take a small business management course, to prepare them to own salons.
The program will start with a maximum of 40 students. The City View Center, on Alleghany Street near Ashley Road, is being renovated into a space with 40 haircutting stations. Cost of the project is $1 million.
The college says the facility will operate as a full-service salon, open to the public on Saturdays.
“Labor projections forecast a growing need for salon professionals for the next several years,” said Ruth Hedgpeth, CPCC’s associate dean of health programs and early childhood education.
“At the same time, the college wants to provide career training opportunities in Mecklenburg County that are more affordable than many of the private and for-profit schools.”