“It is such an amazing group of adult students that will be running the clinic at that time,” said Amanda Rader, the daytime instructor for Eastern WV Community and Technology College’s cosmetology program that runs the hair design school with the South Branch Career and Technical Center. "And we hope to show you what a wonderfully talented group of stylists we are cultivating.”
The clinic will serve the public Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm, and the first and third Saturday of each month, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
In addition to their teaching duties, Rader and Jennifer Miller, Cutting Edge’s evening instructor, are both licensed cosmetologists. Rader owns her own salon, the Mane Street Studio, in Keyser. Miller owns the Mathias Cut and Tan, in Mathias.
Adult Learners & High School Students
The Cutting Edge school serves both adult learners and high school students. Over three semesters and a summer, adults attend five hour-sessions three nights each week, plus eight or nine hours two Saturdays each month. The high schoolers go to stylist class two-and-a-half hours each day, Monday through Friday, for two semesters and a summer. All students must log 1000 class hours to meet strict state requirements for hair stylist training, and the West Virginia Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists uses high-tech to confirm that students show up at every class session.
“They sign in each day with their fingerprints that are scanned and sent electronically to Charleston,” Rader said.
For next fall’s entering high school class, Cutting Edge already has many more interested students signed up from Grant, Hardy and Pendleton counties than the 20 seats available in the daytime class. Adult learners interested in the evening class should apply through Eastern’s Workforce Education department at 304-434-8000, or toll-free: 877-982-2322.
“Collaborating with Eastern in this Cosmetology program through sharing of resources has been a real pleasure for me,” said Shawn Dilly, administrative director of South Branch Career and Technical Center. “It has produced a template for use across the state — once they see how far we’ve taken this for the benefit of both adult and secondary students.
“We also hope to use this same collaboration template locally to meet other regional training and economic needs,” he noted, “with additional programs in welding, nursing, and heath information management, to name a few.”
For more information about Eastern’s financial aid opportunities, programs of study, workforce training and community education and events, call 304-434-8000; or toll free: 877-982-2322; or check the College’s website: “www.easternwv.edu”.
Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College is a comprehensive and equal opportunity community and technical college that makes educational resources accessible to the families, communities, and employers of Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Mineral, Pendleton and Tucker counties. Eastern is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.