Belle Glade cosmetology lab gets new look

The Belle Glade cosmetology program reopened this fall with a new design and new faculty.

The 2,186-square-foot lab underwent almost $36,000 in renovations while the program took a yearlong hiatus to better meet student needs.  A cohort of 10 students began the program earlier this month.

The lab now includes a new accent wall, tile flooring, cabinets, carpet, paint, furniture and artwork. The College hired interior designer Gregory Ross from Ross Interiors to design its modern look. Students are also learning from new faculty members Shameka Salter and Deborah Goldman. Salter previously taught cosmetology at the College’s Lake Worth campus.

“The old space was very industrial looking,” said Director Dr. Gloria McAllister. “Now, it looks like a true professional spa. This is what we had always envisioned for our students who are now really excited about the program.”

The program, which opened on the Belle Glade campus in 2010, takes about a year to complete and develops students’ mastery of hair, skin and nail care through a combination of lectures, demonstrations and daily hands-on practice. Graduates are eligible to apply for the state license required to work in Florida salons.

In addition to Belle Glade, Palm Beach State has a cosmetology program on its Lake Worth campus.