Delivery: Daytime classes only.
Start: Fall and Spring Semester, Full-Time.
Prerequisite and General Education/MnTC courses are available in a mix of daytime, evening, and online classes; Fall, Spring, and Summer; Full-or Part Time.
VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE – DECEMBER 15
Interested in a career in Cosmetology? Join us in the Zoom Room on Tuesday, December 15, 1 pm, for an hour-long live presentation. We'll share information about the programs, career options, and what to do to become a student. There will be a 30-minute presentation by our Cosmetology Program faculty, as well as a short overview from the Admissions Office staff.
Please note: Class registration will not take place at this event.
About the Program
The Cosmetology program at Century College in White Bear Lake, Minnesota provides you with an affordable education to prepare you for an exciting career in the Cosmetology industry. A leader in Cosmetology education in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul area), the Century College Cosmetology degree and/or diploma will prepare you for your license in Cosmetology, and put you on a path to earning a good wage in a career that you’ll love. Students will:
- Express individual creativity by providing a wide range of artistic hair, nail, and skincare services using the latest technology, trends, and name-brand products
- Operate and manage a full-service interactive salon and spa
- Work in the theater, film, and advertising fields as a make-up, hair, or nail artist
Interested in a career in Cosmetology? Schedule a program tour!
The Century College Cosmetology program offers you incredible value. You will save thousands of dollars by earning your Cosmetology degree and/or diploma at Century College compared to private, for-profit colleges or beauty schools.
While attending the Cosmetology program you will have unique opportunities to gain “real-world” experience while earning your education. Our on-site Cosmetology Salon 120 is open to the public, giving you the opportunity to work with a variety of clients. The Cosmetology program also provides you the chance to take part in industry competitions and gain leadership training via the SkillsUSA program.
Cosmetology areas of instruction include:
- Hair styling and cutting
- Hair coloring
- Permanent waving
- Chemical hair relaxing
- Nail care
- Skin care, makeup and waxing
Nail Care Technician
The Nail Care Technician certificate at Century College is a short-term program that will prepare you for licensure as a Nail Care Technician. In the program, you will be instructed in nail care theory and practical application techniques including:
- Massage of hands and feet
- Application of gel polish artificial nails
The completion of the Cosmetology degree, diploma or Nail Care Technician certificate will prepare you for the State of Minnesota written exam and certification of skills as required by Minnesota cosmetology laws and rules for licensure.
Esthetics Services Certificate
Currently, this program is intended ONLY for students who have previous coursework in Cosmetology or Esthetics from a high school program or transfer educational program. This program is NOT intended for new Cosmetology or Esthetic Services students who have no previous COS coursework/credits. Completion of the program enrollment checklist is required prior to course registration. Students are required to have previously completed at least two of the courses listed in the certificate in a licensed Cosmetology or Esthetics high school program, or gain permission from an instructor. Please contact Dawn Goebel with any questions. Dawn Goebel 651.747.4069
Cost & Financial Aid
Century College can be extremely affordable through financial aid and scholarship opportunities.
As a two-year public community and technical college, Century College receives funding from the State of Minnesota, keeping tuition rates significantly lower than private colleges and universities.
Century College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Our programs qualify for federal financial aid including Pell Grants, Federal Direct Loans, and others.
This program is licensed by the MN Board of Cosmetologists Examiners.
Potential Job Titles
- Hairstylists & Cosmetologists
- Manicurists/Nail Technicians
Hairstylists & Cosmetologists
Average Wage: $14.12/hour
Top Earners: $23.71/hour
Average Wage: $11.01/hour
Top Earners: $16.41/hour
Information gathered pertains to seven county metro area - careerwise.minnstate.edu
High School diploma or GED, State Licensing Exam, and Certification of Skills are required for licensure.