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Why Choose WWCC for Cosmetology?

Cosmetologists help people like what they see when they look in the mirror. If that sounds like a rewarding way to spend your days, WWCC is the place for you. Our program will teach you all the tricks of the trade, with an emphasis on safety. And you’ll clock hundreds of hours of hands-on practice in the College Style Salon before you graduate. If you’re a hardworking person who loves to help people feel their best, check out what cosmetology has to offer.

Careers in Cosmetology

Help People Put Their Best Face Forward

Cosmetology can lead to work in salons, spas, fashion, film and TV, social media and more. With flexible hours, the ability to work from anywhere and the chance to be your own boss, it’s a perfect fit for creative, self-motivated people. And, like hair, the need for qualified cosmetologists and barbers just keeps growing. It could be a stable source of income for years to come.

Certificates & Degrees in Cosmetology

With a Barbering Certificate, you can be cutting hair for a living in just 10 months. Or you can earn a two-year Cosmetology degree. You’ll get more in-depth training and an even stronger start in the beauty industry.

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Cosmetology Program Details

Entrance Requirements

Entrance Requirements:

  • Students must have a high school diploma or GED® before entering the Cosmetology program. Exception: Running Start students may enroll in Cosmetology as long as all other requirements are met.
  • Completion of the placement tests offered by WWCC’s Testing Center.
  • Mathematics competence: eligible to enter BUS 112.
  • Reading skills: college level reading.
  • Students shall contact one of the Cosmetology instructors regarding appropriate program placement to determine specific quarter start in the program.
  • Students may enter the program fall, winter, or spring quarter, depending on space availability.

Physical Requirements:

  • Normal visual acuity (with or without correction).
  • Physical dexterity, i.e. to grasp small objects and perform hand, finger manipulations.
  • Must be able to work for extended periods of time with arms at shoulder level.
  • Must be able to work for extended periods of time standing.
  • Students are advised to consult their physicians as to possible health problems (i.e., allergies, asthma, dermatitis, etc.) before enrolling.

Program Outcomes

  • To market, recruit, and retain students in the Cosmetology program.
  • Involve cosmetology professionals in curriculum development and learning outcomes.
  • Provide instruction with current skills (techniques and styles) used in the cosmetology profession in order to prepare students for employment.
  • Certify the program using industry skill standards.
  • Graduate students who demonstrate the knowledge and skills to obtain a cosmetology license and succeed in the industry.

Scholarship Opportunities

At WWCC, we’ll help you find scholarships that may be open to you. Scholarships provide money for school that you don’t have to pay back. They can be used for things like tuition, books, tools and fees. They come from sources like the WWCC Foundation, local businesses and private funds. Some

WWCC programs also have scholarships for students working toward a certain certificate or degree. You might qualify based on good grades, financial need or the potential to benefit from school. The bottom line: You have options. We’ll help you explore them at WWCC.

Paying for Your Degree

There are lots of ways to pay for college. We will work with you to find the right mix of support so that you can go after your dreams. Talk with us to learn more about:

  • Work study — work part-time on campus while you earn your degree.
  • Emergency funds — for students who are struggling to make ends meet.

You can go to college. Start exploring your options today.

Other Information

For additional information including regional employment data, completion rates, student characteristics, and employment see


College Style Salon

Appointments and walk-ins welcome.

Debit and credit card payment is preferred, but cash is accepted.

 509.527.HAIR (4247) Building J

Fall, Winter, and Spring Hours
Monday – Thursday 11:15 AM to 3:15 PM
Friday 8:45 AM to 12:45 PM

*All Chemical Services start at listed price and go up based on the amount of product used

**Prices listed for 1 ounce of color or lightener; every additional 1/2 ounce is $4 more

Payments accepted: Cash, Checks, Visa, American Express, Master card and Discover.
No refunds for services, and refunds for retail go through the business office.

The Cosmetology program provides the theory and practical application necessary to obtain a Washington State Cosmetologist License or a Washington State Cosmetology Instructor License. The primary objective of the program is to prepare students for employment in all areas of beauty culture. Instruction and practice in the cosmetology course include training for shampooing, scalp and hair analysis, haircutting and trimming, trimming and removal of facial hair, thermal styling, wet and dry styling, skin care, temporary removal of superfluous hair, first aid, permanent waving, chemical relaxing, hair coloring, bleaching, rinses, manicuring, pedicuring, and the styling of artificial hair. The Cosmetology curriculum is guided by the Washington State Cosmetology license requirements and reviewed by an advisory board composed of local and regional industry members.

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