Community College Partners With Private Company To Expand Its Cosmetology School

September 23, 2010

Salon with empty chairsA community college in The Woodlands, Texas and a Houston-based manufacturer of CHI hair care products joined forces to open a new Texas cosmetology school, which debuted Aug. 30. The partnership between Lone Star College-North Harris and Farouk Systems is the first of its kind in the United States, bucking the trend of community colleges around the country closing their cosmetology programs.

"This is a wonderful example of the opportunities that exist for community colleges and local businesses to work together to fulfill a need," says Dr. Steve Head, president of LSC-North Harris, per the Lone Star College System.

Students of the new CHI School of Cosmetology at Lone Star College-North Harris will take field trips to the Farouk facility, to hair shows, and to educational workshops. Farouk will provide products for the students to use, help train them, and offer professional development to the cosmetology school staff. Upon graduation, students may be able to work for Farouk Systems. "Hopefully, this is the beginning of a relationship that will create new opportunities for our students well into the future," says Dr. Richard Carpenter, LSCS chancellor.

The company will benefit from the availability of candidates to conduct corporate training on its behalf and from product association, Inside Higher Ed reports. "Farouk Systems' mission statement is education, environment and ethics, so we are always trying to find ways to expand our education, and I think this is the perfect way," says Farouk Shami, the founder and chairman.

Now in its 37th year, the cosmetology program at Lone Star College System (LSCS), which always has a waiting list, offers one-year certificate and associate of applied science in cosmetology degree programs. Topics covered include marketing, management, and cosmetology chemistry and environmental impacts. Whereas about 45 cosmetology students graduate annually, plans are under way to double that number over the ensuing years. "We're trying to separate us from all of the other cosmetology schools out there," Head says. "We're trying to elevate the job for cosmetologists and turn it into a profession. It's more than just cutting hair."

At the school's grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony last month, Shami and Dr. Carpenter each cut off a ponytail of hair from two women who'd agreed to donate their tresses to Locks of Love, according to The Observer. The non-profit organization provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged youths under age 21 with long-term hair loss.

"It's got to be really hard for little kids who can't grow hair and not be able to do anything about it," says Emily Patella, hair donor and LSC-North Harris student. "It can be hard enough to have confidence even when you have hair. I just hope my hair can help their self-esteem."


Compiled by CityTownInfo.com Staff

Sources:

"Beauty School Drop-Ins," insidehighered.com, September 22, 2010, David Moltz.

"CHI School Of Cosmetology At Lone Star College-North Harris Open For Fall Semester," lonestar.edu, August 20, 2010.

"Locks Of Love Donations Mark Cosmetology School Opening," hcnonline.com, August 17, 2010, Kevin Koloian.

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