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Kern High School District students work toward cosmetology career in new ROC facility

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Posted at 4:27 AM, Sep 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-19 08:44:25-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Starting this year, 75 Kern County high school students have access to cosmetology training through Kern High School District's new cosmetology program.

The hands on learning takes place at the new facility complete with dozens of styling stations, shampooing stations, a color bar and an esthetician room.

“We want to have them in the most professional environment that they can which is what we have created here with our student salon,” said program instructor Julie Todahl.

Just like any cosmetology program, students will complete 1600 hours of training in hair, skin, nails, and makeup. They will need to pass a state exam before becoming a licensed cosmetologist.

In the meantime students are required to take traditional high school classes online and have the option to continue participating in sports and activities at their high school.

Josiah Henderson says with this program he is able to do it all, from the football field to the salon where he is taking the first step in his career.

“Sometimes you just have to make your own path and do what you have to do to make your dreams come true," said Henderson.

To learn more about the program or to apply, click here.