Topeka, Kan. – Students who want to train for a cosmetology career now have another option in Topeka. Washburn Tech Academy of Cosmetology will open this fall at 109 SW 29th St., Topeka, in the South City Plaza.
Washburn University Institute of Technology (Washburn Tech) and Washburn University leaders believe they can open this career path for local residents by providing an educational choice at half the price of private institutions. Local community leaders approached Washburn after a national chain beauty school closed all of its locations, including its operation in Topeka.
In addition to opening new opportunities for prospective students, Washburn intends to provide a quality salon experience for the community beginning on November 1.
“We are very excited about providing this new outlet for creativity in our community,” said Jerry Farley, president, Washburn University. “Previously, the cost of the education served as a significant barrier for students who wanted to enter the field.”
Farley also said that the academy’s retail outlet will provide an outstanding salon experience here in Topeka at a very reasonable cost.
“We always strive to provide the very best and most realistic training opportunities for Washburn Tech students and that’s exactly what we will do at the Academy of Cosmetology,” he said.
All of the students will work under the close supervision of licensed instructors, said Farley, but the shop will be focused on giving customers an upscale salon experience.
On the educational side, the 45-credit-hour program includes classroom and clinical instruction totaling 1,500 hours as required by the Kansas Board of Cosmetology. Students will learn how to artistically integrate haircutting and hairstyling for all clientele types, manage hair color and permanent waving as well as marketing and salon customer service. Adult students can complete the program in as little as 10 months while high school students can complete in 24 months. Upon successful completion, students are prepared to earn a license from the Kansas Board of Cosmetology.
Washburn Tech offers more than 30 career programs in one of five divisions: Construction, Health Care, Human Services, Technology and Transportation. Short-term, continuing education courses also are available along with custom courses for business and industry. Washburn Tech, which serves both high school and adult students, has the highest placement rate in the state at 94 percent as well as one of the highest graduation rates.