Lancaster County Career & Technology Center will close its high school Cosmetology Program effective at the end of the 2017-2018 school year. The decision was made by Lancaster County CTC’s Joint Operating Committee at its monthly board meeting.
The school currently operates programs on the Willow Street and Mount Joy campuses.
“This difficult decision was not made lightly, and not without careful evaluation and fact finding,” said David Warren, Lancaster County CTC Executive Director. “Although enrollment numbers have remained steady, the program does not fulfill our educational mission to prepare high school students for high-skill, high-wage jobs or careers.”
Administration and the board relied on the following facts to make the decision:
- Cosmetology is not listed as a “High Priority Occupation” either by the state or the Lancaster County Workforce Development Board, according to data compiled by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry in 2016.
- LCCTC’s cosmetology students cannot complete the required 1,250 hours of instruction during the normal school year. The minimum number of instructional hours are required in order to take the state Cosmetology Licensure Examination. Thus, students must participate in an additional summer program to complete the required number of instructional hours.
- The program has a low percentage of students who take or pass the state Cosmetology Licensure Examination.
- Less than 50 % of students are placed into cosmetology-related employment positions and/or postsecondary education programs.
- The program does not fulfill employment needs within the business community.
“Eliminating the program will allow Lancaster County CTC to create new educational programs to train students for higher skill paying jobs,” Warren added.