816 S. Walter Reed Drive
Arlington, VA 22204
Fax: 703-228-5815
Saturday, June 25, 2016





Rosenia Peake, Instructor
Licensed Barber & Cosmetologist

Desiree Alexander, Instructor
Licensed Barber & Cosmetologist/ Certified Biology Teacher

The Career Center offers the only cosmetology instruction in the Arlington Public Schools. In this unique program, students learn the science, art and business of cosmetology. Cosmetology skills are both practical and in-demand, projecting a growth rate of 20% over the next ten years in the State of Virginia.

Right from the start, students will begin learning practical skills that they can use to enhance their own appearance and help their friends and family. Ongoing training can lead to any number of interesting careers, including salon owner, beauty consultant and make-up artist, to name just a few.

Our classroom has 21 individual workstations, and comes with all the equipment to perform hair cuts, hair styling, manicures, pedicures, facials, makeup and skin care. Students begin by working on mannequins, then practice on each other, and finally perform services on real clients in our school salon.

First-year students learn basic cosmetology theory and acquire skills that they can use to gain entry-level jobs in salons. Second-year students complete the theory and skill-building required to take the Virginia State Board of Cosmetology Exam. Students practice for the state exam in a simulated exam setting.

Whether for personal pleasure or professional gain, come learn the latest techniques and styles at the Arlington Career Center.

Students completing this two-year program can receive / qualify for:

  • SKILLS-- as prescribed by the Virginia State Competency List for Cosmetology (TDI8527-29).
  • CERTIFICATION--This program prepares students to take both the theory and practicum parts of the Virginia State Board of Cosmetology Exam.
  • EXPERIENCE-- Some students choose to enlarge upon their classroom experience by working in area salons.


• Northern Virginia Community College
• Old Dominion University
• Shaw University, Raleigh, North Carolina
• Virginia Commonwealth University


• Lab with 21 styling chairs and mirrors
• Practice mannequins
• Individual student cosmetology kits
• Marcel thermal curling irons
• Makeup kits
• Blow dryers
• Manicure & pedicure equipment
• Facial chair
• Skin care supplies
• Massage therapist


Did you know that the Arlington Career Center offers the only cosmetology program for Arlington County students?

High School students have the option of taking cosmetology morning, midday, afternoon and after school, as a two-period elective.

Third graders can come to the cosmetology program for Wednesday Early Release as a part of the Career Center’s Enrichment Program. The Enrichment Program also offers classes for middle as well as high school students on Saturdays and during the summer.

Contact Rosenia or Desiree (listed above) to learn about the high school program. Call Nancy Opsut for all Enrichment classes, at Nancy_Opsut@apsva.us.


• Beauty consultant
• Beauty school owner
• Cosmetic chemist
• Hair colorist
• Hair stylist
• Instructor
• Make-up artist
• Manicurist
• Retail specialist
• Salon manager
• Salon owner
• Shampoo technician
• Skin care specialist
• State examiner

Last Modified on November 5, 2015