From cutting and coloring hair to applying makeup, cosmetology students at the new Beauty and Culture Academy will learn how to make it in the beauty industry.
"We know what it takes, we know what you need to know, we know what salon owners are looking for," said Vincent Gerwer, Owner, Beauty Culture Academy.
It’s the first school in the city to offer a curriculum developed by Icon Stylist Vidal Sassoon.
Students spend the first 8 weeks of the 1-thousand hour course in a classroom setting, learning the basics of all things hair and beauty.
At the 12 week mark, they move on to real clients, while under the supervision of seasoned professionals.
"It's a good strong foundation. Very structured. Sassoon believes in repetition, precision," said Gerwer.
Vincent Gerwer and his wife Patricia have been in the industry for over 35 years.
They opened the school behind their Hylan Boulevard salon, Classique, hoping to attract all types people.
"A lot of people today are losing their jobs and this is a trade that, you don’t have to do it full time, you can do it on weekends, you can make extra money," said Patricia Gerwer, Owner, Beauty Culture Academy.
The Gerwer’s say financial assistance is provided to those in need.
"Its a very tough time for students to come out of school and really now know where there life is going, in the direction. College isn’t for everyone. The beauty industry is a great field. We love what we do," said Gerwer.
At the end of the course, students must pass a state exam to become a licensed cosmetologist.
The school will also offer the option of continuing education classes.
Enrollment for Beauty Culture Academy is now open. Classes will begin in September. The number for Beauty Culture Academy is 718-667-9200.