MOUNT VERNON — Imagine graduating from high school with a professional state license in your chosen field. That’s exactly what happened to all of the seniors in the high school cosmetology class at Knox County Career Center. One hundred percent of the KCCC students who took the cosmetology state board examination passed both the practical and theory portions of the test and subsequently received their professional Ohio State Board of Cosmetology licenses.
Instructor Sherry Curry said some of the students are going on to college and will work their way through college using their cosmetology licenses. Kent State University, Hocking College, Columbus Community College and Mount Vernon Nazarene University are among the institutions of higher education the young women will be attending.
Passing the state boards is not easy, Curry said. Information on the exam is pulled from three different textbooks. “In addition to skill competencies,” she continued, “a large portion of the exam is based on Ohio Revised Codes which refer to standards of safe and effective practice and sanitation/communicable diseases.”