ECC Tweaks Cosmetology and Barbering
When students begin spring classes at Edgecombe Community College on January 8, they will find revamped and strengthened Cosmetic Arts programs.
Cosmetology was one of the first programs of study offered at ECC, and it has remained among the most popular majors since it began in 1968.
For years, Cosmetology has been offered on both the Rocky Mount and Tarboro campuses. In 2012, Barbering was added to the slate of Cosmetic Arts curricula, and it was offered on the Rocky Mount campus.
Because Cosmetology and Barbering have two separate governing boards in North Carolina, classes for each cannot be held simultaneously in the same facility. At ECC’s Rocky Mount campus, Cosmetology classes have been held during the day, and Barbering classes have been meeting in the evenings and on Saturdays.
Starting this spring semester, Cosmetology will be available only on the Tarboro campus, along with Esthetics, Manicuring, and Natural Hair Care, and Barbering will be the only Cosmetic Arts program based on the Rocky Mount campus. ECC officials plan to offer Barbering as both day and evening programs beginning fall semester 2020.
According to Carolyn Sherrill, program chair of Cosmetology, “Students who have been enrolled in Cosmetology on the Rocky Mount campus are very excited about attending classes with the Tarboro Cosmetology students.
“Interest in our Barbering program has been on the rise, so expanding this program to include daytime classes along with evening classes should help meet the growing need. We see it as a win-win for both programs.”
The Cosmetic Arts Building on the Rocky Mount campus will undergo minor construction updates to reinforce its use as a Barbering facility, such as adding the iconic red, white, and blue striped barber pole.
The modern Cosmetic Arts Building on the Tarboro campus opened in 2008 and includes classroom and lab space for 90 students. Esthetics, Manicuring, and Natural Hair Care have always been based on the Tarboro campus and will continue to be.
To learn more about Cosmetic Arts at ECC, please contact Carolyn Sherrill at firstname.lastname@example.org or (252) 618-6602.