AUSTIN (KXAN) — In the interest of adding more career prep options, Austin Independent School District is giving some students new tools: nail polish and blow dryers.
Crockett High School in South Austin offers a revamped Cosmetology program that’s saving students thousands of dollars.
Ida Villarreal, an instructor for Salon Crockett says, “We run a full salon and they do clients in a full professional manner.” The Cosmetology Program offers a chance to get a Texas Cosmetology License in three years.
Students can start as sophomores and take the classes through their senior year. “This program outside of high school costs about $24,000 and this is for free,” says Villarreal.
From hair to nails to salon operations, this program gives students insight into running a business. They learn how to be at work at a certain time and have good manners with the public.
“It just takes a simple bad haircut for someone not to come back to you,” says Junior Julissa Rebollo.
But even without the pressure to meet the client’s expectations, there’s enough motivation to get the job done right.
Students can start working the day after graduation earning an average of $27 an hour.
Also, if you’re looking for inexpensive beauty services, Salon Crockett is open to the public every Friday during the school year.
Their hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The salon is located in the school building at 5601 Manchaca Rd. South Austin. Clients can use free parking on the Manchaca Rd. side of the school.