Students face their future at Helena College cosmetology open house

Phil Drake

Helena College had a large turnout for an open house for its new cosmetology program, officials said Wednesday, showing there is already interest in a program months away from starting.

The college’s cosmetology program will be the first public program in the state and the first to offer an associate degree. Classes will begin in January. The program can be completed in four semesters and/or 15 months, college officials say.

About 65 people attended an open house Tuesday at the college, either in person or online, college officials said.

Robyn Kiesling, who oversees the cosmetology program, said the new offering is generating interest not only from potential students in Helena, but all over the state. She said salon operators and cosmetologists are also showing interest, as there is a shortage of trained workers in Montana.

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“It’s being received well by the students,” said Keisling, who is the executive director of general education and transfer at the college. She said they are also considering dual-enrollment courses for high school students.

The Helena College

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