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In the Cosmetology program, students learn the personal care of clients' hair, skin, and nails.

In the Cosmetology program, students learn the personal care of clients' hair, skin, and nails.

Hands-on training occurs in the lab setting, as well as in the Career Center Salon.  As a student in this program you will gain the necessary skills using styling tools, skin care and color technology.  The instruction, plus the practical experience, qualifies students to take the State of Ohio Board of Cosmetology exam to become licensed.


You will gain additional confidence and hands-on experience in our full-service salon School of Cosmetology salon which is operated by the students and open to the public during the school year.  Our students are able to offer these services: Haircuts and Styling, Highlights and Coloring, Perms, Basic Facials, Manicures, Shellac Manicures, and Pedicures.

Career Technical Skills

  • Shampooing and scalp manipulation

  • Manicures, acrylics, and pedicures

  • Hair shaping, styling, permanent, and finger waving

  • Hair coloring

  • Facial treatments

  • Anatomy and bacteriology

  • Professional ethics

  • Sanitation and sterilization

  • Professionalism

  • Employability skills

Industry Recognized credentials

  • Ohio State Cosmetology & Barber Board License

  • Tanning Operators Certification

Possible future

  • Licensed Cosmetologists

  • Salon Managers and/or Owners

  • Platform Artists

  • Cosmetology Instructors

  • Beauty Editors

  • Estheticians

  • Nail Technicians

  • Makeup Artists

  • Beauty Product Sale Representatives

Other Cosmetology Program Details


PLCC Cosmetology program is a full time program for high school juniors and seniors. Students will have the opportunity to visit and apply during the sophomore year.  Class size is limited to 38 students.

Scope, Sequence, & Curriculum

The Scope, Sequence, and Curriculum document is updated annually with input and ultimate approval from the program’s Advisory Committee of industry professionals.  This document contains detailed information about all that the program has to offer its students including the program goals, program alignment with state curriculum standards, a detailed description of each course taught within the program, program grading scale, industry credentials, and college credit opportunities specific to the program, and the program teacher’s own notes and input.

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College Credit Potential

All programs at PLCC have the potential for either direct articulated credits at select colleges and/or universities or are able to acquire college credits through career technical assurance guides (CTAGs) in cooperation with the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

On The Job Training

During the senior year, students who have met the requirements and have received a recommendation by their program instructor, have the opportunity to go on School-to-Work Job Placement.  We work with our students and local employers to place them in a job that is related to their program of study, giving them real-life experience while simultaneously earning school credit.


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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.