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Future cosmetologists comb through careers amid pandemic

Laredo College Cosmetology program takes additional health measures to prevent spread of COVID-19
Published: Jul. 28, 2020 at 3:20 PM CDT
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LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) - Although Laredo College is going virtual this coming semester, there is a group of students have been the first to return to classes for face to face instruction.

The cosmetology students at Laredo College continue to do their training in person and are taking many health measures.

This three semester cosmetology program opened its doors in fall 2019 and is expecting its first group of students to finish soon.

The program involves hands on training like hairstyling, hair cutting, manicure, pedicure, and makeup applications. With the pandemic, learning methods are now adjusted.

After spring break, students divided into two labs to have a 6 foot distance. Sanitation is done after every service and students only practice on mannequins.

A student tells us about what feels different now compared to last semester.

“We loved working on each other because when you’re working on each other, they can tell you if you’re doing it too rough, you’re doing it too soft, how they like it, and when you’re doing it on a mannequin, there’s no feedback,” said Isamar Davalos, cosmetology student.

Before the pandemic they were in the process of getting it opened to the public, promoting free services for staff to prepare for clients from the community.

The dean of community education tells us about the course being affected.

“Unfortunately, right now it is limited,” said Sandra Cortez. “As you can see, our labs can hold up to 24 students each, but right now we will only be hosting 24 students and splitting them into two labs, 12 and 12.”

Laredo College still invites students to be a part of this program as they follow their safety protocols.

Requirements are a 10th grade reading level and high school completion.

Because the price is based on tuition, the cosmetology course at Laredo College is the lowest in the community.

Exceptions for face to face learning include essential workforce training programs such as welding and health career programs like nursing, physical therapy, radiology and a few others.

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