by Kelly Rogge
With graduation nearing, four students in the Kansas City Kansas Community College’s Technical Education Center Cosmetology program are preparing for the next chapter of their lives.
Danielle Caruthers, Melissa Pegel, Josie Hensley and Pauline Karan have all been enrolled in the program for two years.
Each will be graduating with a Cosmetology Certificate of Completion and Cosmetology License.
The four graduates had a unique experience of being in both the old KCKCC-TEC facility and new building, which opened in August 2013.
They said the new location is modern and offers a great opportunity to work hands-on with customers, using what they learned in the classroom.
“I chose the cosmetology program because I have always loved to do hair,” Karan said. “What I liked most about this program was the fact that it was Monday through Friday, and you get to learn everything there is to know about hair.”
The cosmetology program at KCKCC-TEC is a 50 credit hour program for high school and postsecondary students.
The goal is to prepare students to take the Kansas Board of Cosmetology written and performance exam, which is required before a graduate can become a licensed cosmetologist.
Courses in the program include scientific concepts, physical services, chemical services, hair designing and business practices.
“I love to make people feel great and beautiful,” Pegel said. “I loved all of my instructors. We had this beautiful new building and great instructors to help us learn. I feel like I am now part of KCKCC history.”
For more information on the cosmetology program or any of the programs at KCKCC-TEC, call 913-288-7800 or visit the KCKCC website at www.kckcc.edu/academics/TEC/.