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Cosmetology Schools in Denver, CO with Course and Program Info

The Denver, Colorado, area has three schools that offer cosmetology programs. Learn about the programs, admission info and program requirements for these schools, all within 15 miles of downtown Denver, in order to make an informed education decision.

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Comparison of Denver Cosmetology Schools

This article looks at three community and technical colleges in the Denver, Colorado, area with cosmetology programs that prepare graduates to take the state cosmetology licensing examination through classroom work and hands-on practice. None of these schools are more than a half-hour from downtown. In addition to information about the schools and the training programs, this article features a table of information about each school, enabling prospective students to easily compare them.

  • Emily Griffith Technical College, about a mile from the heart of Denver, offers a cosmetology program.
  • Red Rocks Community College is about 10 miles west of downtown Denver in Lakewood. This school has a cosmetologist certificate program.
  • Pickens Technical College is about 12 miles east of Denver's downtown and offers a program for future cosmetologists.

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Comparison of Schools

The following table lists pertinent facts about each school, giving students an idea of school size, costs and the graduation rates. This information will help them make an informed choice regarding their training.

Emily Griffith Technical College Red Rocks Community College Pickens Technical College
School Type <2-year; public 2-year; public 2-year; public
Total Enrollment (2014) 3,612* 8,112* 1,084*
Campus Setting Large city Midsize city Large city
Tuition & Fees (2015-2016) $8,560 estimated program cost; additional $6 per credit for nonresidents** $3,429 for in-state; $13,145 for out-of-state* $2,376 for in-state; $4,656 for out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receive Some Form of Financial Aid (2014) 26%* 62%* 50%*
Acceptance Rate (2014) N/A - Open admissions* N/A - Open admissions* N/A - Open admissions*
Retention Rate (2014) 80% for full-time students; 70% for part-time students* 56% for full-time students; 40% for part-time students* 59% for full-time students; 81% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate (2014) 87%* 26% (36% transfer-out rate)* 77%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator, **Emily Griffith Technical College.

Emily Griffith Technical College

Emily Griffith Technical College (EGTC) is a year-round school offering occupational training programs. The cosmetology program at EGTC prepares students to qualify for the state licensing examination for cosmetologists.

Cosmetology Program

It takes about nine months to complete this cosmetology program. Students take a total of 70 credit hours. Once students pass the introduction courses on hair cutting, hair styling, chemical texture and hair color, they advance upper-level classes in these topics. Additionally, students take classes in facials, artificial nails and hair removal.

Red Rocks Community College

Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) provides a certificate program in cosmetology in cooperation with Warren Tech, part of the Jefferson County, Colorado, public school system. Students enroll through RRCC, but attend classes at Warren Tech, which is adjacent to RRCC's main campus.

Cosmetologist Certificate

A total of 60 credits must be completed to graduate with a cosmetologist certificate from Red Rocks Community College. Courses on safety procedures cover topics in sanitation and disinfection. Students also study ethics, interpersonal skills and management techniques to prepare for working with customers and running a cosmetology business. The rest of the program's curriculum covers topics like hair cutting, hair styling, hair coloring, shampooing, manicures and pedicures, facial make-up and skin care.

Pickens Technical College

Pickens Technical College offers cosmetology options for both high school students and for those seeking a postsecondary education.

Cosmetology Program

The first semester of this program covers introductory concepts involved with working on nails, hair and skin. Students begin by practicing on mannequins and progress to working with live patrons. As part of the program's coursework, students get to design a salon as well as work at an on-site spa. In addition to the normal daytime option for courses, an evening program is also available.

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