Get creative, get trendy and get going with Rend Lake College's Cosmetology program. Expert instructors train students in the basics of hair cutting and styling and work up to the latest, hottest trends. Learn under expert supervision while you work with real clients at Studio RLC, the college's school/salon located at the RLC MarketPlace in Mt. Vernon. Fine-tune your skills in other facets of the industry, like customer service, hairstyling, facials, nail care and the salon business. The real-world experience gained here is an excellent benefit. Whether you're coming in right out of high school or looking to train for a new career, this program will get you up and running, and you'll have a fun while you're at it!
Degrees & Certificates in CosmetologyCOMMUNITY & CORPORATE EDUCATION DIVISION
COSMETOLOGY - Degree
Associate in Applied Science Degree
The Cosmetology Associate in Applied Science Degree program meets the standards of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. This program is designed to prepare individuals for positions in the Cosmetology field. Typical graduates work as hairdressers / hairstylists in chain or independent salons. The curriculum emphasizes practical, hands-on experience with the latest styles, trends and techniques. The program prepares students to take the Illinois Cosmetologist licensure exam. All COSM courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. The program is approved by the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation.
Students will be expected to attend class 5 days per week for up to 8 hours per day. Some Saturday clinical work is to be expected.
► Total = 65 Hours
Fourth Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)
1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based on test scores.
COSMETOLOGY - Certificate
A one-year program leading to an Occupational Certificate in Cosmetology. The program is designed to prepare individuals for positions in the Cosmetology field. Typical graduates will work as hair dressers in chain or independent salons or open their own salons. The curriculum emphasizes practical, hands-on experience with the latest styles, trends and techniques.
An extended-length evening program also is available. Students in the day program will be expected to attend class five days per week for up to eight hours per day. Some Saturday clinical work is to be expected. Each semester consists of two courses that are co-requisites and must be taken concurrently.
The program is approved by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation and prepares students to take the Illinois Cosmetologist licensure exam.
► Total = 50 Hours
ESTHETICS - Certificate
The Esthetics program meets the standards of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. This program is designed to prepare individuals to perform the skills of an esthetician. The curriculum includes professional ethics, personal hygiene, sterilization and sanitation, skin analysis, scientific concepts in skin care and special esthetics procedures. Students will learn hands-on skills in non-therapeutic massage, skin health and nutrition, mask therapy, facial treatments, professional equipment usage, hair removal processes and professional makeup techniques.
► Total = 30.5 Hours
NAIL TECHNOLOGY - Certificate
This program is designed to prepare students for a career as a licensed Nail Technician. Career opportunities exist in the field of manicurists and pedicurists. Learning will occur in the classroom and in a clinic setting. Upon successful completion, students will have gained the knowledge and skills necessary to pass the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation licensing exam. The program is approved by the IDFPR.
► Total = 16 Hours
First Semester Cr. Hrs.
COSMETOLOGY TEACHER - Certificate
These are short-term occupational certificates designed to prepare individuals for positions teaching cosmetology. Typical graduates will work as instructors in cosmetology programs.
Based on Illinois Department of Professional Regulation guidelines, students with two years of practical experience as a licensed cosmetologist are required to complete 500 clock hours of instruction. Licensed cosmetologists with less than two years of practical experience are required to complete 1,000 clock hours of instruction.
Students will be admitted at various times during the year based on demand and openings in the program. This program prepares students to take the Illinois Cosmetology Teacher licensure exam.
► Total = 19 or 37 Hours
COSMETOLOGY TEACHER I
Prerequisite: Two years of practical experience as a licensed cosmetologist
► Total = 19 Hours
COSMETOLOGY TEACHER II
► Total = 37 Hours
Schedule ▼COSMETOLOGY & BARBER
Students attend full-time Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Both classroom and clinical are held at Studio RLC at Rend Lake Marketplace Mt.Vernon, IL. Studio RLC students are a walking ad for the Cosmetology program, Rend Lake College, and the profession. Professional ALL black dress clothing and black closed toe shoes are required.
Students attend part-time Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Both classroom and clinical are held at Studio RLC at Rend Lake MarketPlace Mt. Vernon, IL. Students are a walking ad for the Nail Technology program, Rend Lake College and the profession. Professional solid white dress shirt, black dress pants and black closed toe shoes are required.
Students attend full-time Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Both classroom and clinical are held at Studio RLC at Rend Lake Marketplace Mt.Vernon, IL. Studio RLC students are a walking ad for the Esthetics program, Rend Lake College, and the profession. Professional solid white dress shirt, black dress pants and black closed toe shoes are required.
NEW CLASSES STARTING: Cosmetology classes begin every spring and fall semester. Nail Technology and Barber classes begin each fall semester. Esthetics classes will begin each spring.
Financial Aid ▼The college tries to assist individuals who demonstrate financial need, and in most cases, financial aid is available. The college has been approved as a participating institution for grants made by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission and also is approved for federal student aid programs, including veterans benefits. Locally endowed scholarships are available to full-time students through the Rend Lake College Foundation.
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Employment ▼There is almost no limit to the places cosmetology can take a person. While many cosmetologists work in salons or open their own salons, many find work at spas, hotels and resorts.
The job placement potential, along with the diverse career opportunities available within the beauty industry, makes for a very attractive consideration. In addition to hair design, our industry offers opportunities in make-up, fashion photography, product education, platform artistry and salon management. We believe that a state of the art education is the most important element for a successful career in cosmetology – a career that is filled with exciting opportunity and personal fulfillment to profoundly impact your life – and the lives of your future guests.
Thank you for your interest in Studio RLC Cosmetology School. The beauty industry of today can be both personally and financially rewarding.
Following your beauty school education as a trained professional, you will realize your artistic dreams and work as a beauty professional almost anywhere in the world. Whether you choose to create fashion behind a chair in the salon; own your own salon or spa business; or opt for the excitement of a career in fashion, feature film, TV, or product education, Studio RLC Cosmetology School will help you reach your artistic, technical and lifestyle goals.
Enjoy the Journey,
Rend Lake College
Cosmetology / Studio RLC
327 Potomac Blvd. • Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
Phone – (618) 242-8459
Toll-Free (In-District) – 1-800-369-5321