HNHS and Huntington Beauty College offer vocational courses in cosmetolgy, manicuring


Huntington Beauty College recently opened its doors to Huntington North High School vocational students. Students can participate in either the cosmetology or manicurist programs. Here, students are working on perfecting techniques on their mannequins. Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Huntington Beauty College has joined forces with Huntington North High School's Vocational Department to offer courses to vocational students.

Bonnie Swiatkowski, director of education at Huntington Beauty College, says the ven-ture started in June and has seen a lot of positive response.

"Currently, we have 20 students enrolled in our program," she states. "We offer courses in cosmetology and manicuring."

The cosmetology diploma trains students on how to do perms and haircuts, as well as techniques on improving clients' nails and skin.

"We also have a course for students who just want to be professional manicurists," adds Swiatkowski.

The cosmetology program takes the average student 10 months to complete if they attend full time or approximately 18 months if they attend part time.
The manicurist program takes roughly 12 weeks full time or 24 weeks part time.

"After they receive the diploma, they are then able to take the state board exam, which issues licenses," Swiatkowski says. "The license allows them to work in salons or spas."

Minimum requirements for students to be accepted in either program include the student being at least 18 years old and a 10th-grader. There is also a dress code for the college.

Tuition includes all training, textbooks, equipment kits and study guides. Payment arrangements are available.

For more information on class times or courses, contact Swiatkowski at 356-3370.

Huntington Beauty College is located at 442 N. Jefferson St.