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  • About the Program

    Burton's Cosmetology program teaches students valuable skills to use in the workplace. Completing Cosmetology I, II, and III prepares students for work experience in a salon and for official certification by the Virginia State Board of Cosmetology.

    Cosmetology I is open to students in grades 9-10 and teaches skills in permanent waving, hair cutting, chemical hair relaxing, cleaning and styling wigs and hair pieces, hair pressing, and hair color.

    Cosmetology II is open to students in grades 10-11 upon completion of Cosmetology I, and teaches more advanced skills in tinting and lightning hair, salon planning, and management.

    Cosmetology III is open to students in grades 11-12 upon completion of Cosmetology II. The course prepare students for the Virginia State Board of Cosmetology licensure examination. Dedicated students have the opportunity to participate in a cooperative program at a salon.

  • Instructor

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    Gwen Bower

    Started at BCAT in 1996

    Licensed Cosmetologist since 1984

    BA in Art Education

  • Career Pathways


    Salon Manager

    Personal Aide


    Nail Technician

    Cosmetology Instructor