Course Description:

The Cosmetology Program at Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center is designed to prepare each student for a career as a licensed Cosmetologist upon graduation. The students will be provided the opportunity to practice their skills in a simulated salon environment. Students will work with mannequins, fellow students and salon guests/ clients. The Cosmetology Program is a 3-year course which involves a minimum of 1250 hours of competency based instruction. The Pennsylvania State Board of Cosmetology mandates 1250 hours of training to register for Professional State Licensure so mandatory attendance is very important in this program.

Skills Learned:

The student will learn haircutting, manicuring, hair coloring, facials, wet hairstyling, thermal hair styling, acrylic nails, permanent waving, scalp treatments, shampooing and conditioning, sterilization and sanitation, chemical relaxers, employment skills, receptionist duties, anatomy, related math and PA Cosmetology rules and regulations.

Related Occupations and Earnings:

Related occupations include Hair Stylist's Assistant, Esthetician Makeup Artist, Receptionist, Hair Stylist and Nail Technician. Entry level earnings range between $17,170 and $23,680 statewide. Studio makeup, platform artist, medical esthetics, cosmetology instructor and salon manager.

Post-Secondary Opportunities:

Students may choose to continue their education at institutions such as Empire Beauty School, Douglas Education Center and Laurel Business Institute.


Mrs. Nenni & Mrs. Iezzi – Cosmetology
Phone Number – 724-925-3532 x. 1330 & 1329
Office Hours: 7:15am to 7:45am
10:45am to 10:55pm
2:30pm to 2:45pm
Please leave a voicemail message outside of these times.

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Pennsylvania Youth Survey

Passive Parental/Caregiver Permission Letter

Dear Parent or Guardian:

Our school is taking part in the 2021 Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) sponsored by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. The survey will ask questions about the behaviors of students in the 10th, and 12th grades, including questions about school climate, violence, depression, bullying, and substance abuse. 

The information we receive will assist us and our community partners in working to prevent adolescent drug use and other problem behaviors. We want to ensure that all parents and caregivers are notified that the survey is being conducted and provide you with as much information about the survey as possible.  As a parent or caregiver, you have the right to prohibit your child’s participation. The following facts about the survey will help you make an informed decision about your child’s participation:

Participation in this survey is completely voluntary. Students will be instructed by their proctor that they can skip any questions they do not understand or choose not to answer. If they have any questions or concerns after taking this survey, they are instructed to talk with their school counselor or a trusted adult.

The survey is designed to protect each student’s privacy. It is anonymous and confidential. Students will not put their names on the survey, and no student will ever have their individual responses reported. 

The survey is well tested, having been administered to over 1,000,000 Pennsylvania students since the 1990’s. The information collected has proved invaluable to prevention planners in selecting programming to promote healthy youth development.

You can request a list of the survey questions by visiting this link: For more information about the survey, including a list of Frequently Asked Questions, please visit then click on “2021.”

The survey will be administered during the school day later this fall and will take one class period to complete.  If you do not want your child to participate, please submit your request to [email protected] or in writing to the CWCTC.

Thank you for your help in our efforts to keep our schools drug free and safe for learning. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Darcy Szymkiewicz  724.925.3532 ext 1360.

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