MATC changes up barber, cosmetologist programs

July 18, 2013

From bizjournal.com: “MATC changes up barber, cosmetologist studies” — By Wendy Strong – Milwaukee Area Technical College will offer barber technical diploma and apprenticeship programs beginning in the fall semester of 2013.

In the past, students in the diploma and apprenticeship programs were required to take combined barber/cosmetologist studies.

The split allows students interested in studying barbering only to enroll in a technical diploma program that requires 1,000 hours of training instead of the 1,800 hours required in the cosmetology technical diploma program.

The program puts additional focus on men’s haircuts and shaving, while eliminating nail care studies.

Barber and cosmetology apprenticeships also have been separated. Barber apprentices work four days a week in a local barber shop/salon as paid employees gaining experience, and attend class one day a week at MATC’s downtown Milwaukee campus.

The two-year apprenticeship program prepares students for the Wisconsin State Board Exam; individuals who successfully complete the exam earn a licensed barber credential.

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