Wood Co. Schools Interest Students in Pre-Cosmetology Program

WOOD COUNTY, W.Va. (WTAP) – Wood County Schools is offering a new program for students to get a head start in the beauty and cosmetology industry.

Officials from Wood Co. Schools, West Virginia University Parkersburg and entrepreneur Lee Rector visited all three county high schools to discuss the new pre-cosmetology program.

Classes for this program will begin in the fall of the 2022-2023 school year at Wood Co. Junior and Senior Schools.

School officials say the program is already attracting considerable interest from students at all three secondary schools.

Something Rector says he likes to see as a beautician.

“You know, it’s something I’ve been dreaming about for 15 or 20 years. Because when I was going to makeup school, there wasn’t a program like this. So, I’m very excited for the students and I’m very excited for this program and for our community that the Wood County Board of Education and WVU-P are teaming up to make this happen,” says Rector. “Because this is going to have a huge impact on the students’ lives, bringing them into the working community, keeping them in our community, and really giving them the opportunity to really have a career once they’re ready to leave high school and college.

Program classes will be held at the Wood Co. Technical Center.

And Lee’s Studio, which is owned by Rector, will be used as an internship facility.

Wood Co. Schools will accommodate 20 juniors and 20 seniors.

Application for the program will close this Friday, May 20.

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