The Technology of Hair


The Technology of Hair

What do technology and cosmetology have in common? Plenty, from an

educational point of view. Both of these fields have a major part in vocational

programs offered by many progressive school districts. In fact, historically,

vocational courses consisted of shop-type courses generally slanted toward

young men. Cosmetology was the only one geared toward young women, and it

is still a popular and potentially profitable career choice. Although the starting

salary is not high, the earning possibilities are limitless for a person who wants to

work hard in this field. Hair styles are constantly changing, so creativity and

being in on the cutting edge in the occupation are mandatory for success.

Cosmetology requires post high-school education, practical experience, and a

special license to be permitted to practice, so the professional aspect of the job

is hard to dispute.

Vocational programs are extremely important to many young people; not

everyone is bound for a four-year baccalaureate program and a follow-up two

year master’s. Often, college seems like an abstract idea to many students who

need solid career orientation. These students are often disinterested in the

academic programs that are offered at their schools. As a result, with no

direction, these students do not have many successes in school, which puts them

on a path of failure in school and in life. Unfortunately, with the emphasis on

academic achievement (in the form of standardized test scores) with a one size

fits everyone approach, many vocational programs are looked at as a route for

students who are low functioning and largely ignored (both the programs and

students). These students have no choice but to fall through the cracks and

become a problem for the school. These programs should be begun at the

middle school level, continued at the high school level, and students who show

an interest and aptitude for a career area should be routed toward postsecondary

vocational schools, using scholarships and other awards to further

entice them into these fields. Some of these fields include auto mechanics

technology, computer repair, medical technician, paralegal, child care worker,

masonry, and many other worthwhile careers that may influence students as

early as seventh grade to stay out of trouble and to focus on the future. Early

career training would have a profound effect on the economy, such as on

creating a generation of people who have earning potential and consequently,

spending potential. These students could be future home owners, tax payers,

and business owners.

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