• Cosmetology 

    Students attend the Cosmetology Program for two years, including a 20-day summer school session, to satisfy the hour requirement. Students will focus on mastering professional techniques for hair, skin, and nails in a salon environment, with hands-on instruction and training, as well as developing interpersonal communication skills. A clinical experience provides students with real-life experience in the field. The program is designed for students to develop marketable skills. In addition, this program prepares students for the New York State Licensing Exam. In order to be eligible to take the exam, students must complete 1,000 hours of instruction.

    Program Content


    • History & Career Opportunities
    • Professional Image
    • Life Skills
    • Communicating for Success

    General Sciences

    • Infection Control
    • Anatomy & Physiology
    • Skin Structure
    • Nail Structure
    • Properties of Hair & Scalp
    • Basics of Chemistry
    • Basics of Electricity

    Hair Care

    • Hair Design
    • Shampooing & Conditioning
    • Haircutting
    • Hairstyling
    • Chemical Texture Services
    • Haircoloring

    Skin Care

    • Skin Diseases & Disorders
    • Hair Removal
    • Facials

    Nail Care

    • Nail Diseases & Disorders
    • Manicuring
    • Pedicuring

    Business Skills

    • Seeking Employment
    • On the Job
    • The Salon Business


  • Mary Conley
    Cosmetology Instructor
    P: (315) 253-0361 ext. 5120

    Laura Fennessy
    Teacher Assistant


    All second-year students will complete a Career and Technical Education Portfolio that exhibits necessary elements for CTE Endorsement and demonstrates competencies in Cosmetology.

    Shadow Experiences
    The job shadow is an observational experience allowing students to explore the field of Cosmetology. Through this experience, students see how their education applies to the actual work setting as they observe typical job duties and the physical demands of the work.
    These exploration activities enable students to understand the importance of positive work ethics and attitudes and can assist students in making informed decisions about continued education and careers.

    Articulation Agreements/College Credit

    • Cayuga Community College (SUNY Transcript)
    • BUS 160 (Small Business Management)
    • Integrated English Credit

    Practical (hands-on) experience and theory (background information) will help you to prepare for the New York State Licensing examinations.
    One thousand (1000) course hours are required for cosmetology licensing and it will require students to attend summer school.

    Potential Careers

    With BOCES training

    • Hair Stylist
    • Platform Artist
    • Color Consultant
    • Hair Designer
    • Nail Technician
    • Skin Technician

    With additional training
    • Salon Manager
    • Salon Owner
    • Sales Representative
    • Instructor