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The interactive Hairstyling Program teaches students the latest techniques in hairstyling, haircutting, and coloring from experienced cosmetology professionals in a state-of-the-art salon setting.

In partnership with Maricopa Colleges, the program provides Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). PLA helps students pursue an AAS in Beauty and Wellness degree. Students earn college credit through the Hairstyling Program, after completing the industry license, and transfer these credits to a community college, and then to a university, towards specific degrees.

After completion of the Hairstyling Program, successful candidates will be prepared to seek one or more certifications like the Arizona Board of Cosmetology License in Hairstyling or OSHA 10 among others. Moreover, West-MEC offers industry credential tests at no additional cost.

During the program, accommodations and modifications are provided to high school students based on the IEP/504.


Careers that a student could pursue after receiving their certification(s) are: Hairstylist, color technician, salon owner*, salon manager*

Certified Hairstylists work long hours and interact with clients to help them understand procedures and make them feel at ease. After sufficient experience, they often start their own business like a stylist for special occasions like weddings or opening a full fledged salon.

Hairstyling entry-level salary: $12.00 – $15.00 per hour**

*with additional education in this pathway | **Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment & Wages

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13201 W. Grand Avenue
Surprise AZ 85374

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500 N. Verrado Way
Buckeye, AZ 85326



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