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Why Choose the Cosmetology Program?

Cosmetology skills and training offer three different levels of use: hobby stylists do hair at home for friends and family, professional stylists work full-time in a salon setting, and master stylists perform life-long learning to maximize their abilities and potentially work to train others. In CPTC's cosmetology program, students get hands-on experience with real customers.

Our beauty school trains students in all aspects of professional cosmetology, from hair design and sculpting to advanced coloring. Students build skills and experience in a professional salon setting, while also participating in fashion shows and community service opportunities.

If you love working with hair and using your skill and creativity to help people look and feel good, cosmetology might be the program and career path for you.

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How Long It Takes:

Cosmetology AAT Degree: 6 quarters

Cosmetology Hair Designer AAT Degree: 5 quarters

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees.

Potential Careers

Hairdresser, Hair Stylist, Cosmetologist

Hairdresser, Hair Stylist, Cosmetologist Career & Wages Details

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

Career Pathway

Meet Your Instructors

Loree Chiaro

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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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Eric Codrington 

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Carine DeLeon 

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Sandy Frederick 

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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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Barbara Woslager

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Melissa Harmon 

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As a Class of 2002 graduate of the Clover Park Technical College Cosmetology Program, Melissa dreamed of returning as an instructor to provide the same quality education she had received. After 15+ years of working hard in the beauty industry in various roles, she started instructing full time in January 2018. Melissa is passionate about the art of hair, and providing an inclusive learning environment for her students. She currently teaches students in the evening Pierce County Skills Center program. In her free time, Melissa volunteers with several local programs.

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Trish Maguire 

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Trish has worked in cosmetology for two decades 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.

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Cosmetology Program Information Sessions usually occur at 3 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month.

To learn more about information sessions, visit

Visit the Academic Calendar at to see when the next information session is scheduled.

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