Do you enjoy working with hair and makeup? Do you enjoy working in a fun environment with a flexible schedule? Do you want to build your own schedule and have the freedom of an entrepreneur? Do you want to earn an excellent salary where your income reflects your work? Do you enjoy talking with people? Do you want to work with people from diverse backgrounds? Do you want to avoid working in an office? Do you want a career where you may work with celebrities? Do you want a career with a strong job outlook? 

If you answered yes to five or more of the above questions, Cosmetology may be an excellent career choice for you!

Credentialing Options

Career Opportunities

The Cosmetology Curriculum is designed to provide competency based knowledge, scientific/artistic principles and hands-on fundamentals associated with the cosmetology industry.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Cosmetology Program is a limited enrollment program beginning in both the fall and spring semesters.  We accept twenty (20) students at the beginning of both semesters.

Students interested in applying to this program must follow guidelines on our Limited Entry Programs page.




Program Director: LaTia Hairston

Instructor: Morris “Boz” Boswell

Morris “Boz” Boswell is a veteran of over 40 years in the cosmetology industry. Boz is in his 18th year with the cosmetology department here at GTCC. He is the former chair of the NC State Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners and the NCCCCIA (North Carolina Community College Cosmetology Instructors Association). Boz has trained cosmetologists across the US as an educator and platform artist for Bronner Bros. International, Atlanta GA.  He is currently cosmetology competition chairperson for Skills USA-NC and Advisory Board chair of Beauty/Health at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Boz states, “It is a pleasure training our future cosmetology professionals and working with our talented faculty and staff.”

Instructor: Cassie White

Cassie White received her Cosmetology training in 1991 from Sandhill’s Community College and became licensed by the North Carolina State Board of Cosmetic Arts in Cosmetology and Cosmetology Instructor. She has worked in the cosmetic industry in varying capacities since becoming licensed ranging from cutting, styling, color specialist, esthetics, nail technician, makeup artist, product educator, salon owner, educator in both private and public institutions, platform artist, and micropigmentation technician/educator during her career. Cassie also holds an Associate Degree in Applied Science in General Occupation Technology, Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Post Graduate Degree in Esthetics from the International Dermal Institute.

Instructor: Michelle Williamson

Michelle Williamson is a licensed Cosmetologist & Cosmetology Instructor with 25 years' experience in the Cosmetic Art Industry. After completing her Cosmetology diploma at Carolina Beauty College Greensboro, NC Michelle obtained an A.A.S Cosmetology Degree from Guilford Technical Community College, Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies from Winston Salem State University concentration area psychology. Michelle is a member of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society for Adult Learners.

Prior to instructing for GTCC Cosmetology Department, Michelle Williamson spent 23 years as a Cosmetology Instructor & Department Head for Alamance Community College, Burlington, N.C., Hillside High School, Durham, N.C., and Dudley Cosmetology University, Kernersville, N.C.

Ms. Williamson understands a wide range of programs and services – from Cosmetology, to Esthetics, Manicuring, Advanced Hair Weaving, volunteering at children’s homes, and area nursing homes helping with basic hair care needs. At this time, Michelle has completed licensure requirements to teach vocational education courses with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and volunteers as a Skills USA advisor.

Ms. Williamson has dedicated her entire career to teaching and takes pride in working with students and helping them create a career transforming their focus to cosmetic art while creating an educational experience that will bring relevant entrepreneurial focus to the Cosmetic Art Industry.

Instructor: Kathy Grant

Kathy Grant has 37 years in the cosmetology industry. She has been a salon owner for 21 years. She was a National Artist as well as Sales and Education coordinator with Loreal Professionnel for 12 years and has also worked in education with Wella, Schwarzkopf, and ISO. Currently her position is sharing her compassion for this ever-changing industry with the students of GTCC as an adjunct instructor as well as staying focused as a salon owner and stylist at Kenneth Taylor Salon. 

Instructor: Tychinna Caddell

Tychinna "Ty" Caddell has been in the cosmetology industry for 25 years as a cosmetologist and 14 years as a cosmetology instructor. She worked for Leon's Beauty School for 12 years before joining the GTCC Cosmetology Program as an adjunct Cosmetology Instructor. She has thoroughly enjoyed being a team member and a part of GTCC's dynamic Cosmetology program for the past 5 years. When she is not instructing at GTCC, she enjoys spending time with her family, as well as sharing her passion with rising stylists as owner and stylist at SoTy's Hair & Nails in Greensboro, N.C.

Administrative Assistant: Angela Mclelland

Angela Mclelland is the Administrative Assistant for Cosmetology and Early Childhood.  Originally from Richlands, Va., she has lived in North Carolina for the past 23 years.  She has an Associate in Applied Science Degree and also an Associate Degree in Cosmetology. 

Yes, but certain requirements may apply. Please visit our Financial Aid web page or call the Financial Aid office at 336-334-4822 and select option 3.

Tuition rates are established by the N.C. General Assembly and are subject to change. Cosmetology students will need to purchase a cosmetology uniform along with appropriate footwear. Click on link below for cost breakdown of the first semester and a list of additional items needed for this Program.

Cosmetology Admission Criteria (PDF)

Classes are held Monday through Friday. Students are required to clock in by 8:00 am and are released at 2:30 pm.

All Cosmetology classes are taught during the day on the Jamestown Campus. We do not currently have an evening program.

The requirements vary depending on the certification you are obtaining. If you wish to obtain a certificate, you must complete (1,200) hours along with a required number of services regulated by the NC State Board of Cosmetic Arts Examiners. If you wish to obtain a diploma, you must complete (1,500) hours along with a required number of services regulated by the NC State Board of Cosmetic Arts Examiners. After the completion of both, the student would take the Apprenticeship Exam or the Cosmetology Exam to be issued a license.