Cosmetology Schools in Cleveland, Ohio with Program Overviews

There are a handful of public schools near Cleveland that have cosmetology certificate programs. Read an overview of the programs, requirements and admission information at three schools no more than 40 miles from downtown, and find out which school is the right one for you.

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Cleveland-Area Cosmetology Schools

There are just a few public or not-for-profit schools with cosmetology programs in the Cleveland, Ohio, area. This article looks at three of those schools, all less than 50 minutes from the city center. All of the cosmetology programs described here prepare graduates to take the state licensing exam for cosmetologists. In addition to information about the programs, this article includes a table of facts about the schools, such as costs and enrollment, which can help prospective students make a decision about their training.

  • Polaris Career Center in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, is the nearest not-for-profit school to downtown Cleveland offering a cosmetology program. Students can gain experience through the New Beginnings salon on campus. Just 16 miles from downtown, this is the closest school to Cleveland profiled here.
  • Lorain County Joint Vocational School District in Oberlin, Ohio, has several cosmetology program options, including online courses. In addition to a standard cosmetology program, a manager training program is available. This school is around 36 miles from downtown Cleveland.
  • Medina County Career Center in Medina, Ohio, has a cosmetology program that students might want to consider. It's around 37 miles from downtown Cleveland.

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Comparison of Schools

The following table makes it easy for prospective students to see how each school compares in important areas, such as financial aid and graduation rates.

Polaris Career Center Lorain County Joint Vocational School District Medina County Career Center
School Type <2-year; public <2-year; public <2-year; public
Total Enrollment (2014) 248* 107* 81*
Campus Setting Large suburb Fringe rural Fringe rural
Tuition & Fees (2015-2016) $8,585* $5,595* $4,400*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014) 90%* 92%* 81%*
Acceptance Rate (2014) N/A - Open admissions* N/A - Open admissions* 95%*
Retention Rate (Fall 2013 to Fall 2014) 96% for full-time students* 88% for full-time students, 78% for part-time students* 78% for full-time students, 83% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate (For students who began their studies Fall 2011) 95%* 83%* 85%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Polaris Career Center

A GED or a high school diploma is necessary to enter into this 2-year cosmetology program. Students meet four days a week, Monday-Thursday.

Cosmetology Program

This 1,500-hour program goes over manicuring and pedicuring, wig and hair care and facial treatments. There is also coursework on hair relaxing and coloring, hair highlighting and toning, permanent waving, hair treatments and scalp care. Additionally, students typically learn about salon management, dispensary operations, reception duties and sanitation.

Lorain County Joint Vocational School District

If students find that this school is too far from downtown Cleveland, online course options are available. Instruction is given in both classroom and salon environments. Second-year students run the EDGEucated Cuts Salon, which is open to the public.

Cosmetology Program

Customer service, practical and technical skills can be acquired in this cosmetology program. Students can enter into the program while still enrolled in high school. Those who've already graduated high school or have a GED can pursue the program as part of an adult education option. In addition to the standard skin care, hair care and nail care information covered in cosmetology programs, this school offers coursework in areas such as hot stone facial and body treatments, razor techniques and advanced make-up camouflage techniques.

Cosmetology Manager Training Program

This 300-hour program can be undertaken by students new to the school or by those who have completed the standard cosmetology program offered here; however, the program is intended for cosmetologists who are already licensed. Students learn about chemical services, hair and scalp anatomy, product and service sales training, management techniques and cosmetology laws. There is also an emphasis on public safety and health in this program.

Medina County Career Center

At this school, a student-run, full-service salon called Today's Image Salon is accessible to the general public. Students can gain hands-on experience caring for clients' hair, skin and nails.

Cosmetology Program

The core curriculum of this 2-year cosmetology program covers business-related skills, such as professional ethics, professional image, retailing, salon management and customer communication. Students also learn about hair coloring, facial waxing, hair styling, shampooing and scalp treatments. Many courses for this program take place in a lab setting.

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