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Finish Cosmetology School in Less Than 10 Months

Accredited Cosmetology Program for Adults

A rewarding career in the beauty industry starts at Portage Lakes Career Center (PLCC), a school located in Uniontown, Ohio, that’s fully accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education (COE). Master all the skills you need in less than 10 months to successfully take the Ohio State Cosmetology and Barber Board exam.

Learn Art & Science of Beauty in Cosmetology Training​

Our cosmetology school is led by certified instructors who are licensed cosmetologists with years of experience in their field. You will learn through interactive demonstrations and hands-on training about the art and science of hair, skin, and nails such as:

  • Hair cutting
  • Hair styling and design
  • Chemical treatments (highlights, lowlights, balayage, shadow roots, perms, and relaxers)
  • Basic skin care
  • Hard-gel, acrylic, and dip powder manicures and pedicures
  • Makeup application

You’ll also use professional salon products from Kenra®, Redken, Joico, Pevonia®, OPI®, Gelish, Young Nails, Backscratchers® Salon Systems, and more. 

Beautician school students in this 1,500-hour cosmetology program gain real-world experience through labs, potential industry internships, and PLCC’s well-appointed salon that’s open to the public two days a week. 


In addition, licensed cosmetologists are eligible to take classes for additional certifications in body treatments, hair extensions, thermal strengtheners, and artificial nails.

All-inclusive Tuition at PLCC Cosmetology Training Center

At PLCC, there are no hidden fees in your tuition. At our recently renovated beauty school, tuition covers: 

  • All the tools, materials and supplies you need for the program, plus nail and skin care implements and products
  • Exam preparation
  • Cost of the Ohio State Cosmetology and Barber Board 1,500-hour Exam

Our Cosmetology School: Your First Step Toward a Cosmetologist Career

Adult students of all ages choose the cosmetology program at PLCC because of its affordable price, qualified instructors, and appealing, contemporary learning environment. Allow us to help you attain the cosmetology career you’ve always wanted. Class size is limited. 

Looking for other beauty career options? The School of Cosmetology at PLCC offers four distinct programs.

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Admissions Policy Statement

Students looking to enroll in the above-listed program must submit an official high school or GED transcript to be reviewed. Team members will grant student placement only after evaluating the transcript and determining that it meets all criteria for admission. 


Class size is limited to 20 students.






Monday – Friday

 8 am – 4 pm




Have questions about cosmetology school and careers? Visit our cosmetology FAQs page.


Portage Lakes Career Center cosmetology instructor showing a student hair-cutting techniques.
Students standing near the entrance of the PLCC salon in Uniontown, Ohio, that's open to the public.
PLCC cosmetology students working on hair dying skills.

Frequently Asked Questions About Cosmetology School & Careers

What type of pay and/or salary can cosmetologists earn in Ohio?

Pay for cosmetologists in Ohio varies widely. Pay structure can include hourly wages, a salary, a salary plus commission, and commission-based income. Those who rent a booth at a salon have even more control over their income. What you earn as a cosmetologist depends greatly on experience, knowledge, education, and what you put into it. This industry is about the relationships you make with your clients.

What jobs can you get with a cosmetology license?

Licensed cosmetologists have job opportunities in many areas of the beauty industry, including salon or spa manager or owner, salon development partner, makeup artist, nail technician, esthetician, wedding and event stylist, and cosmetology instructor. Plus, stylists for film, theater, celebrities, advertising, and fashion shows all started out in cosmetology school.

What is the average cosmetology school tuition in Ohio?

Beauty school tuition in Ohio varies and is set by each school. At PLCC, a not-for-profit Ohio Career-Technical School located in Uniontown, we offer an all-inclusive tuition of $16,995, which is at least $2,000 less than the average cost of tuition, fees, and supplies at for-profit beauty schools across the United States.

How many hours of cosmetology training are required in Ohio?

Students must successfully complete 1,500 hours of training in Ohio to be eligible to take the licensure exam from the Ohio State Cosmetology and Barber Board, through which PLCC’s cosmetology training school is accredited.

Can PLCC help me get cosmetology internships?

Real-world experience is very important for cosmetology students. We make every effort to help students who want a cosmetology internship find one that meets their needs and aligns with their interests.

Can I get scholarships or financial aid to attend PLCC’s cosmetology training center?

Yes. In addition to tuition payment plans, PLCC is an approved institution for the following types of financial aid

  • Federal PELL Grants 
  • Federal Direct Loans 
  • Veterans Administration Education Benefits 
  • Workforce Innovation Opportunity Investment Act (WIOA) 
  • Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR) 
  • Other aid, including a one-time $1,000 scholarship for alumni of PLCC’s four partner districts, as well as veterans and immediate family members of PLCC employees
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Schedule a Tour

We take pride in our facility and welcome the opportunity to show it off!  You would never buy a car without looking at it first.  Choosing the place to give you a head start on a successful path in life should be no different.  We invite you to schedule a tour of our beautiful campus.  We’re pretty sure you’ll be impressed!

If you are a high school student, please note that you will have several opportunities to visit PLCC during your sophomore year.

Once we receive your request, a PLCC staff member will follow up directly. Thank you for your interest, we look forward to seeing you soon.

Portage Lakes Career Center is accessible to visitors with physical disabilities. Visitors should contact the Main Office at 330-896-8200 prior to arrival for parking instructions and other information.