Designed for working adults looking for an exciting new career, Rend Lake College's new evening cosmetology school is about to kick off. There are still spots available for anyone ready for this fun and challenging field.
The program is housed at Studio RLC, located at the RLC MarketPlace on Potomac Blvd. in Mt. Vernon. Instructors hope to launch the program on March 28. There is still time to sign up but enrollment is limited, so anyone interested is encouraged to call early. Financial aid is available.
"This spring, our day program saw its highest enrollment ever," said Daphne Mitchell, director of the Cosmetology program and one of its instructors. "In speaking with our students, our new reduced prices had a huge impact on that increase. Even so, we still get requests from people who would love to sign up but are not able because of the daytime format. This new evening program was created with those students in mind."
The evening program can be completed in just 20 months.
RLC's Cosmetology students spend time learning the basics and the new edgy styles, and they have a great time doing it.
"Our students are an exciting bunch," said Mitchell. "We spend plenty of time learning new material and new techniques, but these people are definitely a spirited group. They love having a good time, cutting loose a little bit while they work and learn, and you can't help but enjoy yourself and laugh with them. When you work as hard as our students do, there's nothing wrong with having some fun.
"I believe that if you were to call 100 salons in any city nation-wide, many of them would tell you they're looking to hire more staff," said Mitchell. "The job placement potential, along with the diverse careers available in the beauty industry, makes for very attractive consideration. Along with hair design, this industry offers opportunities in make-up, fashion photography, product education, platform artistry and salon management, among others."
A state-of-the-art education is the most important element for a successful cosmetology career, Mitchell said - "a career filled with exciting opportunity and personal fulfillment to profoundly impact your life and the lives of your future guests."
Graduates of RLC's Cosmetology program earn an occupational certificate. Six classes are taken: Cosmetology Theory I and II; Cosmetology Clinic I, II and III; and Cosmetology Internship. Students practice their skills by working with real clients under the supervision of the instructors. When they graduate, students are prepared to take the Illinois Cosmetologist licensure exam.