BURLINGTON — Gateway Technical College’s barbering and cosmetology program is expected to expand into Burlington by this fall.
The program is now offered at Gateway’s Kenosha and Racine campuses, said President Bryan Albrecht. Students enrolled in the cosmetology program prepare for careers including as a salon owner, salon manager, beautician or stylist, according to the program’s description. Albrecht said an expansion toward the west end of Racine County is the next logical step.
“This is something that, I think, is one of those services that will never go away,” he said. “It provides a good opportunity to build a career.”
Data from the state’s Department of Workforce Development estimated jobs for hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists would increase by about 1.2 percent between 2014 and 2024, with a total of 435 new jobs throughout Wisconsin. Albrecht said the program attracts people interested in entrepreneurship, because many students start their own businesses.
Cosmetology students learn both in the classroom and in a lab setting. They get hands-on experience in the lab by offering salon services to the public under the supervision of a licensed instructor, the program description states.
Racine students work in The View on 5 Salon & Spa located inside the Technical Building on Gateway’s Racine campus. Kenosha students obtain experience through an apprenticeship program by working in the field, Albrecht said.
College partners with Andis Company
The expansion to Burlington is a partnership with Andis Co., a Sturtevant-based business that manufactures cutting, styling and grooming equipment for people and animals. Andis helped Gateway secure a vacant salon at 425 Milwaukee Ave. in Burlington, Albrecht said.
The site is named “The Cut at Gateway Technical College: Powered by Andis.”
Laura Andis Bishop, a senior vice president at the Andis Co., stated that the business is excited to continue its support of Gateway Technical College, including this program expansion.
“Through our partnership with Gateway, we not only help put tools in the hands of barbers and cosmetologists, but also empower barbers and cosmetologists on their pursuit of a successful career in the industry,” she stated.
Albrecht said Gateway has been proud to have Andis as a partner in its education initiatives.
He said the college aims to start offering cosmetology courses this summer and implement the full program starting this fall.
The program is expected to have a capacity for 16 students in each of two groups at the Burlington location, Albrecht said.
“It’s just a great way to expand more services for students, but also to meet the demand we have for the popular program,” he said.
“Through our partnership with Gateway, we not only help put tools in the hands of barbers and cosmetologists, but also empower barbers and cosmetologists on their pursuit of a successful career in the industry.” Laura Andis Bishop, a senior vice president at the Andis Co.