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In CPTC's cosmetology program, you'll get hands-on experience with real customers. Our beauty school will train you in all aspects of professional cosmetology, from hair design and sculpting to advanced coloring.

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Visit the Program

Our next program info session for Cosmetology is July 27 at 3 p.m. in Building 8 Lobby . Come meet the instructors, see the classrooms, and learn how you can get started!

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You can start the Cosmetology day program any quarter. For the evening program, you can start fall or winter quarter.

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How Much It Costs

For program costs, visit the Tuition and Fees page.

Costs are estimated and are not guarantees.

You can learn more about financial aid and scholarships right here. Or view our full tuition & fees breakdown.

How Long It Takes

Cosmetology Degree: 5.5 quarters

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees.

Potential Careers


In Washington, median pay for cosmetologists is

$28,700 per year.

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Career Pathway

This is not a guarantee of employment or a certain wage. Full career data available at

What You'll Learn

  • Hair design
  • Advanced sculpting
  • Advanced coloring

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Stories About Our Cosmetology Program

Graduate Finds Niche as Cosmetologist

While a student in CPTC's Cosmetology Program, Ashley Wells was inspired by something instructor Michelle Ganyon said more than 10 years ago.

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Former Running Start Student Lands on Reality TV

Before she sat front row at Fashion Week 2015 in New York, and before she appeared in season 20 of The Bachelor, Breanne Rice was a Running Start student at CPTC.

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Cosmetology Student Surprised with Scholarship

Cosmetology student Kimyatta Tillman is surprised with a $5,000 scholarship.

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Degrees & Certificates

Cosmetology AAT Degree

Type: AAT Degree

Avg. # of Quarters: 3

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Meet the Instructors

Loree Chiaro, an instructor at Clover Park Technical College near Tacoma
Loree Chiaro
Loree has been licensed since 1970 and opened her own salon in 1976. She started teaching for CPTC in 1996, primarily leading classes at Washington Corrections Center for Women.
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Trish Maguire, an instructor at Clover Park Technical College near Tacoma
Trish Maguire
Trish has worked in cosmetology for 19 years and has been teaching since 2004, when she started subbing in the Northwest Technical High School Cosmetology program. She loves facilitating students in learning all the exciting things about cosmetology industry.
Sandy Frederick, an instructor at Clover Park Technical College near Tacoma
Sandy Frederick
Sandy Frederick has had her Cosmetology, Barber, Esthetician and Manicurist license since 1980. She worked behind the chair as a stylist and salon owner until 1985, when she got her instructor’s license. Sandy brought her years of teaching and salon experience to CPTC when she became an instructor here in 1998.
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Connie Lind, an instructor at Clover Park Technical College near Tacoma
Connie Lind
Connie A. Lind has been working in the cosmetology industry for 42 years, and she’s an alumni of CPTC. She’s a licensed WA State Cosmetology/Esthetics/Manicurist/Barber Operator & Instructor.
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Denise Klug, an instructor at Clover Park Technical College near Tacoma
Denise Klug
Denise has been a licensed cosmetologist since 1978 and has held her instruction license since 1991. She's owned two salons and has received multiple skill awards, including the Northwest International Stylist award for seven consecutive years. She's held the position of vice president of the Washington State Cosmetology Association for eight years. She takes as many advanced classes as possible and passes that knowledge along to her students.
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Michelle Ganyon, an instructor at Clover Park Technical College near Tacoma
Michelle Ganyon
Michelle holds her Washington State Salon Operator and Cosmetologist/Esthetics/Manicurist/Barber/Instructor licenses. She has worked in the cosmetology industry since 1990 and started teaching at Clover Park Technical College in 1999. She takes great pride in adapting teaching techniques and strategies to fully unlock each student's true potential.
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