Gwinnett Tech Hosting Informational Session for Barbering Program

November 05, 2014

Gwinnett Tech Hosting Informational Session for Barbering Program
Attend Tues., Nov. 11 at 5:30 p.m., Building 100, Room 920


Gwinnett Technical College will host an informational session for its new Barbering diploma program on Tues., Nov. 11, at 5:30 p.m., Building 100, Room 920, on campus. Call 678-226-6751 to reserve your seat!

The session will cover:

  • Program details and course overviews
  • Licensing process
  • Barber Kit requirements

Gwinnett Tech is now accepting applications for the Barbering program for Spring Semester. The application completion deadline is Dec. 3. Classes begin Jan. 7, 2015.

The 18-month program will prepare students with the knowledge and the required 1,500 hours of practice to take the State Barber Board Examination, which is required to obtain a barbering license in Georgia. The department has a 100 percent pass rate for its cosmetology diploma students.

Making people look good on the outside and feel better on the inside is rewarding, Program Director Terra Womack says. “There’s always a demand for good barbers.”

 “Besides the practical skills of cutting, styling and shaving their clients, barbers need to exhibit great customer service attitude and an entrepreneurial spirit,” says Womack.

“They need to know how to make their clients feel comfortable and to engender trust that they know what they are doing. It helps to be friendly and to be a good listener.” Those wanting to own their own shop also need business management knowledge. 

Students can now learn those skills at Gwinnett Tech. “Previously, students from our area had to train at private schools, which are much more costly,” said Womack.

The program will offer evening classes which are aimed at working students who want to switch careers or add an additional revenue stream,” said Jermaine Whirl, dean of Business and Art & Design.

Students will study anatomy and physiology, safety and sanitation, hair treatments and manipulations, and hair cutting techniques using scissors, clippers and razors. They’ll learn about skin care and how to shave clients using a straight razor. They’ll practice in class and hone their skills by working in Gwinnett Tech’s salon, which offers cosmetology services to the public at minimum cost.

A course on salon management with guest speakers from area businesses will give students an insider’s view of small business ownership.

In all, GTC offers more than 50 degree, diploma and certificate student options that can be completed in two years or less. For more information, visit or call 770-962-7580.

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