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A Revolution is Happening!

A powerful, exciting educational transformation is about to take place in the beauty industry. Starting fall 2020, Mesa Community College, in partnership with the iconic beauty house of L’Oreal and Arizona’s legendary Rolfs Salons of the Future, will be offering the first-ever college degree designed to help you deliver innovative, intelligent client beauty experiences while offering the knowledge for you to earn the financial rewards your talent deserves.

If you already have your cosmetology license and if you can answer yes to any of these questions then you are ready to be a part of the movement that will redefine the beauty industry in a profound way:

  • Are you ready to be the beauty professional of tomorrow?
  • Are you ready to enjoy a promising and exciting new future?
  • Are you ready to take your beauty career to the next level?
  • Are you ready to amplify your importance and impact in the industry?
  • Do you want to thrive and enjoy career longevity and financial stability?

Magnify Your Beauty Career

The Associate in Science in Beauty and Wellness degree is focused on preparing beauty professionals to succeed and thrive in today’s global market. This revolutionary, online program builds knowledge and offers skills in finance, marketing and communication as well as critical thinking and organizational leadership, empowering you to elevate and expand your career in areas such as film, music, retail, manufacturing, fashion, hospitality, marketing, digital media, product development, management, sales and more.

Earning an associate's degree and a bachelor's degree with a foundation in cosmetology could open up so many more career opportunities in beauty, and at a higher sustainable income. As an example, many L'Oreal senior executives who started with a cosmetology license, went on to earn their bachelor's degree and are now earning between $100,000 - $300,000 per year. At Rolf's Salons there are designers, colorists, salon managers, business development managers and executives earning between $50,000 and $150,000 per year.

As a licensed beauty professional, you can receive up to 31credits at no cost toward your 60-68 credit associate’s degree by enrolling as an MCC student and submitting the Prior Learning Assessment dynamic form for the Beauty and Wellness program. If you choose to continue with your Beauty and Wellness education, after earning your associate’s degree at MCC, you may follow a transfer pathway to Arizona State University to earn a Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness. All classes are available online, so you can work while earning your degree. Learn and study on your own time, which is anytime that’s convenient for you.

Don’t pass up this opportunity to take your passion and skills to the next level. This pioneering degree will empower you to redefine, reshape, and transform the industry, delivering elevated, innovative, and progressive consumer-centric beauty experiences. It is time for you to be recognized as a powerful and positive force transforming lives by creating confidence and positive self-image beauty in the world. Enjoy a promising and exciting new future!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)?

With a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA), you can receive up to 31 credits at no cost toward your Beauty and Wellness AAS degree. MCC currently awards PLA credit for cosmetologist, hairstylist, and aesthetician licenses. We do not have plans to add PLA for nail technicians at this time.

Please note, in order to access and complete the PLA form, you must be an MCC student and have an MEID.

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Do students need to have some kind of beauty license to complete the Beauty and Wellness AAS degree?

Yes. We currently award Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credit for cosmetologist, hairstylist, and aesthetician licenses. We do not have plans to add PLA for nail technicians at this time.

Licensed beauty professionals or those currently enrolled in a technical beauty training program (EVIT, West-MEC, GWCC) can attend MCC courses for the pathway prior to awarding PLA credit. The PLA credit must be awarded in order to satisfy graduation requirements.

What steps can a new high school student or other person take to gain the technical training in a beauty field to pursue this exciting program?

East Valley high school students can attend technical training at EVIT. West Valley high school students can find similar training at West-MEC. Other interested students who are not eligible for training at a local Career and Technical Education District (CTED) can find technical training in cosmetology at GWCC through their Cosmetology clock hour program. Upon completion of technical training in a beauty program and gaining licensure/credentialing, MCC is the next step to advance careers in the Beauty Industry.

When students graduate from the MCC Beauty and Wellness program, how can they continue their education?

Our program was intentionally mapped to apply to the BAS in Applied Science with a Personal Care Emphasis at ASU.


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Make it Happen at MCC

MCC offers an affordable, quality education and provides students free services such as tutoring, advising, career counseling, library assistance and more to help you succeed. An academic advisor is available to you to help you schedule classes, develop an academic plan, refer you to college resources, navigate procedures and serve as a support throughout your journey.

Take Your Next Step with MCC

Students are drawn to MCC for a number of reasons. But it’s the quality of our instruction that makes MCC a true value—and the best college experience no matter where you’re starting from or where you’re headed.

Icon - Dollar An affordable education at only $85 per credit hour*
Icon - Degree Earn your associate’s degree, certificate or prepare to transfer
Icon - MoneySave 75% on tuition compared to most in-state universities**
Icon - Transfer Transfer easily with 50+ university partnerships
Icon - Students 22 Students per class on average means more one-on-one attention from faculty***
Icon - Locations Two convenient campuses: Southern & Dobson and Red Mountain
* In-county tuition
** AZ Board of Regents-AZ University System Board-Approved 2015-16 Base Tuition & Mandatory Fee Report.
*** Mesa Community College Institutional Effectiveness 2016.
Icon - Graduate 98% of Graduates say they were satisfied/very satisfied with the quality of instruction*
Icon - 2 Campuses 2 Campuses offer a choice of an urban or Sonoran Desert experience
Icon - Students 97% of MCC Students say they would recommend MCC to a friend*
* Mesa Community College Institutional Effectiveness 2016.

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