Lee Cuts Ribbon on Renovated Cosmetology Center in Liberty County

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Liberty Mayor Carl Pickett was among several area elected officials who joined Lee College for the official opening of its newly renovated cosmetology space at the Lee College Education Center - South Liberty County (LCEC).

"The cosmetology department at Lee College is helping students of all ages become productive citizens in finding something they like doing and they can make a great living out of it," said the mayor to a crowded room of attendees during the Nov. 3 ribbon-cutting ceremony.

A view of the cosmetology facilityMay­or Pick­ett is right. Ac­cord­ing to the U.S. Bur­eau of La­bor Statis­tics, car­eers in cosmet­ology are ex­pect­ed to grow 11 percent by 2031. The earn­ing poten­tial as a cos­metolo­gist can go well into the six fig­ures, and Lee Col­lege in­struc­tors, who have worked in the indus­try, are train­ing the next gen­era­tion of salon and med spa own­ers to meet this grow­ing de­mand.

The facil­ity on High­way 146 By­pass pro­vides stu­dents a train­ing salon. With the new reno­va­tions at LCEC, stu­dents now have ac­cess to 25 brand-new, full-ser­vice sta­tions for hair­cuts, hair styl­ing, hair color­ing, a sham­poo area, mani­cure sta­tions and pedi­cure chairs, as well as pri­vate rooms where stu­dents can do facials and wax­ing. There are also class­rooms where stu­dents learn the busi­ness and legal aspects of the cosmet­ology field.

Another view of the interior of the cosmetology facility"Cosmet­ology is a seri­ous busi­ness," said Lee Col­lege Presi­dent Dr. Lynda Villa­nueva. "Stu­dents must also learn as­pects of ana­tomy and chem­istry, and there are sani­tat­ion rules and laws stu­dents need to know before they re­ceive their state li­cense and work with cli­ents."

The Lee Col­lege Cos­met­ology prog­ram was estab­lished in the 1960s. It of­fers an As­soci­ate of Ap­plied Sci­ence of Cosmet­ology Oper­ator and a cert­ifi­cate of comple­tion. Cur­rently there are just over 200 tradi­tional and dual-credit stud­ents enrolled at LCEC, the Tech­nical Vocational 8 building and 650 W. Texas building at the main campus in Baytown. Instructors say there's an extensive waiting list to get into the program.

"The future is bright for the students," said F. Scott Churchman, Lee College division business technology chair. "We have partnerships with industry leaders such as Loreal, Joico and Pravana. Students also get exposure to salons in our area such as Master Cuts, Great Clips, TGF, Sports Clip and JC Penny. They are training with the best of the best."

Learn more about the Cosmetology program at Lee College.

In the Photo Above

From left, F. Scott Churchman, Lee College division business technology chair; Howie Howeth, vice president, Dayton Chamber of Commerce; Mayor Carl Pickett, City of Liberty; Gilbert Santana, chair, Lee College Board of Regents; Daryl Fontenot, assistant secretary, Lee College Board of Regents; Dr. Lynda Villanueva, Lee College president; Dr. Laura Lane-Worley, director, Lee College Education Center - South Liberty County; Angela Noack, lead cosmetology instructor; Alan Stilts, PBK Architects Inc.; Jennifer Garcia, director of major and planned gifts, Resource Development, Lee College; and Joel Mueller, Generocity Services, Inc.