ASHEBORO (August 12, 2016)
Randolph Community College will unveil another amazing example of the value of retrofitting vs. new construction when it opens its new Cosmetology Center for classes later this month. Most RCC courses start Monday, Aug. 15, but Cosmetology students will begin on Aug. 30 to allow RCC staff to complete the move and a state inspection, according to Suzanne Rohrbaugh, vice president for instructional services.
COSMETOLOGY FLOOR PLAN:
Like its Continuing Education and Industrial Center neighbor, the 10,865-square-foot facility at 503 Industrial Park Avenue on the Asheboro Campus has been transformed from an old factory/warehouse building into a dynamic, beautiful learning environment.
The new facility includes 44 student styling stations, 10 shampoo stations, 16 hair dryers, separate facial and waxing rooms, a manicure /pedicure area featuring massaging pedicure chairs, and three classrooms. The building is the old Bost Neckware Company production facility.
From the larger, modern waiting area to the expanded practice lab with its own dedicated shampoo bowls and dryers to the upgraded utility area that houses an industrial gas towel dryer and a looped hot water system that can pump 291 gallons an hour, RCC’s Cosmetology students can train for their chosen profession in an inviting, upscale atmosphere.
The students also have a roomy breakroom with individual lockers and Wi-Fi availability.
The peacock-themed color scheme was chosen from a variety of student-submitted design ideas, according to Cindi Goodwin, director of facilities operations for RCC. The student, Kimberly Johnson, who graduated in December 2015, also proposed a quote from 13th-century Persian poet Rumi for the lobby wall. “Let the beauty of what you love be what you do,” is mounted in acrylic on the wall above the reception desk. The color scheme is carried throughout including stained concrete floors with a Mica-Flex decorative floor coating of blended mica flakes topped with a durable epoxy.
Cosmetology department head Robin Coble is expecting an outstanding instructional year with between 15-20 new Cosmetology students, two in Cosmetology Instructor training, and around 17 students in the Manicuring/Nail Technology certificate program. The Cosmetology program offers an associate in applied science degree, diploma, and certificate with both fall and spring admissions available.
Coble said new training guidelines allow the first-year students to move onto the client floor earlier as they qualify for specific services.
The $1,850,000 facility was funded by the Randolph County ¼-cent tax referendum. Smith Sinnett Architecture of Raleigh was the architect, and Garanco Inc., based out of Pilot Mountain, was the general contractor.
Randolph Community College’s Cosmetology program complies with the rules and regulations of the North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Arts Examiners (www.nccosmeticarts.com).
A formal ribbon-cutting will be held on Thursday, Sept. 15 at 10 a.m., with an open house to follow until 1 p.m. But patrons of the Cosmetology Center will be able to get an early look when the salon opens to the public for services on Wednesday, Aug. 31. The salon hours will be 8 a.m.-12:15 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays (except during the open house). On Saturday mornings, customers must check-in between 8 and 9 a.m. to be served. A complete list of services offered, hours of availability, and prices for both Cosmetology and Nail Technology are available at http://www.randolph.edu/salon-clinic.html .