Cosmetology

Learn proper techniques for hair care and treatment, haircuts, coloring, hair styling, skin and nail care, salon management, and other necessary skills so you are prepared for the industry.

Overview

The Cosmetology program at Oconee Fall Line Technical College is designed for students who want to start a career in a salon as a cosmetology salesperson, a cosmetologist, salon manager, or salon owner.  During the four-semester program, OFTC students learn proper techniques for hair care and treatment, haircuts, coloring, hair styling, skin and nail care, salon management, and other necessary skills so they are prepared for the industry. 

In 2020, there were an estimated 622,700 barber, hairstylists, and cosmetology jobs in the United States, with a projected job growth of 19% from 2020-2030, which is faster than average! What does this mean for you? There are currently more barber, hairstylists, and cosmetology jobs than there are qualified applicants to fill those roles. 

This program is accredited by the Georgia Board of Cosmetology. 

Programs in the Cosmetology department can be completed between 1 – 4 semesters. 

Features

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Job Stability & Security

Cosmetologists can work in many settings, even becoming their own boss, and can offer very flexible scheduling. Often times, it works out that cosmetologists can build their own schedules. 

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Little or No Cost to You

Various grants and scholarships are available to help make OFTC an affordable choice. Ask about program specific opportunities for financial aid and payment plans. 

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Tuition & Fees

With tuition at $100 per credit hour, total costs for Cosmetology department programs range from: 

  • Tuition & Fees*: $7,855.00 
  • Books & Supplies*: $1,780.00 
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Advancement Opportunities

This industry is growing fast! BLS.gov projects 19% employment growth through 2030, MUCH faster than average for all occupations. Becoming a licensed cosmetologist opens up many career opportunities. A person with an interest in cosmetology can take this career as far as they want to go, with opportunities to advance their skillset & pursue various opportunities in a number of industries. 

Locations

Campuses

Oconee Fall Line Technical College has campuses throughout its 11-county service area. We look forward to your visit.

Visit  www.OFTC.edu/programs/ to view each individual program and the OFTC campus where it is taught, in part or in its entirety

Dublin Campus (South)
560 Pinehill Road
Dublin, GA 31021
Phone: (478) 275-6589
Sandersville Campus (North)
1189 Deepstep Road
Sandersville, GA 31082
Phone: (478) 553-2050

Admissions

Our application process takes just a few minutes to complete, but we want to make sure you have the things you’ll need on hand to complete the application. We’re here to help if you have any questions while submitting your application. 

Admissions Process

 

Your admissions application can be submitted online with your $25.00 non-refundable application fee and takes just a few minutes to complete.   

 

  1. Submit a completed application and application fee. 
  2. Submit official high school transcript, GED transcript, or official college transcripts, if applicable. 
  3. Submit official entrance score on a validated assessment instrument, if applicable. Visit www.OFTC.edu/programs/ to view each individual program and its required minimum scores. 
  4. Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online at https://studentaid.gov/ and HOPE Application at www.GAfutures.org using OFTC School Code: 031555. 

NOTE: The College may accept transfer credit for other courses according to the College’s transfer policy. 

General Requirements

 

  1. Be at least 16 years of age.

 

Additional admissions requirements unique to each program are listed on each individual program page at www.OFTC.edu/programs/ 

Need More Info?

 

  • For more information about any of these programs, contact a program advisor: 
    • 478-553-2122 (Sandersville) 
    • 478-274-7900 (Dublin) 
  • For additional information on admission to OFTC, 
contact the Office of Admissions: 
    • 478-553-2064 (Sandersville)
    • 478-275-6589 (Dublin) 
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Learning Format

Students can enter the Cosmetology program any semester — because when you are ready to start on the path to a new career and change your life, there is no reason to wait. 

Classes are offered in a variety of formats: on campus, blended, online asynchronous, and synchronous technology. 

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On Campus

These are courses that are taught primarily in the classroom or lab with less than 50% of instruction online. On campus courses may include lecture, labs, internships, clinicals, and other in-person instructional modalities.

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Blended

Blended courses are distance learning courses with the majority of the course content, activities, and interactions occurring online but may require students to come to campus for specific assignments, activities, or events.

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Online Asynchronous

These are courses that are taught fully online asynchronously with course content, activities, and interactions occurring entirely online. This delivery method does not require students to be online at a specific date or time, and students may participate in class activities and complete course assignments asynchronously. Online asynchronous courses require proctored events.

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Synchronous Technology

OFTC also utilizes synchronous technology to offer courses via distance education means. The course is taught on one campus and then broadcast simultaneously to a classroom on a different campus that is monitored by a class proctor.

Flexible Schedule

We want you to get the most out of college and understand how much pressure it can add to your life. At OFTC you can achieve your career-training goals by fitting college into your lifestyle and schedule. We offer small class sizes and flexible scheduling.

Courses for our programs are offered during the morning, afternoon, and evenings – plus many are online where you can do your work any time of day. With this flexibility, you can strike a balance with your lifestyle and school.

And the personalized hands-on attention you receive in a small classroom setting allows you to get individualized support, focus and feedback from your instructors. Your instructors will get to know you and help you build the foundation and confidence needed for success in your field.

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Paying for College

At OFTC, we realize that many students require financial assistance to achieve their academic goals. We’ll work with you to help you obtain financial aid to assist you in funding your education. We’re committed to helping you find ways to help you pay for this life-changing investment.  

With the Pell Grant, Georgia’s HOPE Grant, HOPE Scholarship, and HOPE Career Grant (for students/programs who qualify) and other scholarship opportunities, many students graduate OFTC with little to no debt. 

Financial Aid

OFTC offers several financial aid opportunities that can help you pay for college. Most students apply for federal and state aid, including the Pell Grant, HOPE Scholarship & Grant, and HOPE Career Grant.   

OFTC students can also apply for scholarships through the OFTC Foundation and various businesses and civic-sponsored organizations. 

Contact the Office of Financial Aid or visit OFTC’s Financial Aid web page to learn more about grants, scholarships and Federal Work Study to help fund your education.  

  • 478-553-2131 (Sandersville) 
  • 478-274-7833 or 478-274-7940 (Dublin)
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OFTC students can also apply for scholarships through the OFTC Foundation and various businesses and civic-sponsored organizations. Contact the Office of Financial Aid or visit OFTC’s Financial Aid web page to learn more about grants, scholarships and Federal Work Study to help fund your education.

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Tuition & Fees

With tuition at $100 per credit hour, total costs for Cosmetology department programs range from: 

  • Tuition & Fees*: $7,855.00 
  • Books & Supplies*: $1,780.00 

*Visit www.OFTC.edu/programs/ to view each individual program and its full breakdown of tuition, fees, books, and supplies. Costs are estimated and are subject to change. 

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You can also use the Net Price Calculator to get estimated net price information based on what similar students paid in a previous year. 

Career Outlook

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES 

Graduates of OFTC’s Cosmetology program may be eligible for employment as a hair stylist, nail technician, skin care specialist/esthetician, manufacturer representative, hair colorist, salon owner, salon chair owner, salon manager, retail specialist, receptionist, cosmetology salesperson, or shampoo assistant. 

BLS.GOV 

Barbers, Hairstlists, and Cosmetologists (postsecondary nondegree award) 

  • 2021 Median Annual Pay: $26,680 
  • Job Outlook: 11% through 2030 

What does this mean to you?  There are currently more barber, hairstylists, & Cosmetology jobs than there are qualified applicants to fill those roles.   

 

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in-field job placement rate for OFTC graduates within the graduation year (AY21)
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Program Benefits

 Job Titles

  • Cosmetologist 
  • Hair stylist/colorist 
  • Manufacturer representative 
  • Salon owner or manager 
  • Retail specialist 
  • Receptionist 
  • Cosmetology salesperson 
  • Shampoo assistant 
  • Makeup artist 
  • Massage therapist 
  • Skin care specialist/esthetician 
  • Barber 
  • Manicurist/nail technician 

Diverse Settings

  • Self-employed workers 
  • Personal care services 
  • Retail trade 

Skills Learned

  • Inspect and analyze hair, skin, and scalp to recommend treatment 
  • Discuss hairstyle options 
  • Wash, color, lighten, and condition hair 
  • Chemically change hair textures 
  • Cut, dry, and style hair 
  • Receive payments from clients 
  • Clean and disinfect all tools and work areas 

Graduate Testimonials

“There are so many different components you can have in cosmetology, and the instructors at OFTC were really good about making sure we were getting what we wanted out of the program. OFTC prepared me to get a job when I got out of school. They really helped me line my career and future up and they were super supportive about everything that came with that.”  

Haley Poulton
2022 OFTC Graduate