NCTC Cosmetology to Offer Associate Diplomas in Autumn | Local news

The cosmetology department of North Central Texas College has received approval from the Board of Regents to offer an associated cosmetology degree in applied science, which the college announced this week.

Previously, the department offered certification courses that led students to become licensed cosmetologists.

Students who wish to complete their associate’s degree in cosmetology can choose from three courses.

The first track focuses on the entrepreneurial skills needed to own or manage a salon. Students will also learn how to be self-employed with the business background necessary to succeed as an independent contractor. The company path includes courses in business IT applications, small business management, accounting and marketing.

The second track is for students who want to improve their cosmetic skills. The skills track focuses on students who have completed enough hours to become a licensed cosmetologist but want to gain more experience and knowledge in a salon atmosphere before going to work alone. The track will include more advanced techniques and skills that would not normally be included in the certificate.

The third track is for students who wish to become licensed barbers and cosmetologists. After passing the cosmetologist exams, students on the barber track will complete a semester of barber courses in order to take the class A barber exams.

All tracks will take four semesters to complete and the credits will be transferable to a four-year degree.

Students pursuing a cosmetology diploma will also be able to apply for financial help.

Associated degrees in cosmetology will be offered starting this fall.


Parabens: Why pregnant women should avoid some cosmetics

UTo investigate the effects of parabens on unborn babies, a team led by Irina Lehmann from the Berlin Charité and Tobias Polte from the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research examined pregnant women. The women had agreed to participate between 2006 and 2008, when they were asked about their use of cosmetics. In the following eight years, the researchers observed the children’s development.

The result: Children with a high paraben load on the mother had more than twice the risk of being overweight compared to others. Such an observational study alone cannot prove anything. Overweight in children is affected by many factors. What is remarkable about the work is that the scientists were able to substantiate the connection in a number of other experiments. The researchers first treated human fat cells in culture dishes with butyl paraben. This had no effect on the growth or development of the cells.