Looking good never goes out of style and that’s great news for anyone intent on pursuing a career in the beauty industry. In our Cosmetology program, motivated students who invest the requisite time can earn a license from the Pennsylvania board of cosmetology for a fraction of what they’d pay to attend beauty school after graduation.

As students learn the ins and outs of this ever-evolving industry, they’ll master the following skills:

  • Shampooing, haircutting and styling hair, as well as installing hair extensions
  • Coloring, highlighting, perming, relaxing and otherwise chemically treating hair
  • Cleaning, shaping and polishing fingernails and toenails while performing manicures and pedicures
  • Performing facials, applying makeup and removing unwanted hair with tweezers and wax

Using industry-standard equipment, tools and products, students develop their skills by working on mannequin heads, practice fingers and their peers. Later, under the supervision of licensed instructors, students gain real-world experience by serving clients in LCTI’s salon. Upperclassmen are encouraged to take it a step further by seeking co-op positions at local salons.

Students also learn about tracking client information, promoting services and products, hiring personnel and everything else it takes to manage a salon. Anatomy, bacteriology, physiology and hands-on training in sanitation and sterilization are important elements of the program, too.

Industry Credentials

Cosmetology students can earn the following certifications and credentials in high school:

  • Cosmetologist via Pennsylvania State Board of Cosmetology
  • Pennsylvania Skills Certificate via NOCTI®

College Credits

The following schools have articulation agreements with LCTI that allow Cosmetology students to earn college credit for work they complete in high school:

  • Lehigh Carbon Community College

Career Pathways

with industry credentials:

  • Hairstylist
  • Makeup artist
  • Nail technician

with credentials and experience:

  • Platform artist
  • Salon/Spa manager
  • Salon/Spa manager

with college degree:

  • Cosmetic sales executive
  • Cosmetology instructor


Teacher: Tamara Karabinus


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Industry Partners

Representatives from the following local businesses serve on the Cosmetology program’s Occupational Advisory Council:

  • Anthony’s Hair Designs
  • Empire Beauty
  • Holiday Hair
  • JoAnne’s Styling Salon
  • Shear N Vee Salon

Student Organizations

Cosmetology students are eligible for membership in the following Career & Technical Student Organizations, or CTSOs:

  • SkillsUSA


Students who select Cosmetology as their specialty are required to purchase a cosmetology kit. The 2016 kit price is $196.10, including tax. View a photo of the cosmetology kit and a complete list of its contents.

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