M State Cosmetology offers class to celebrate 60 years

The moment is being recognized with a special continuing education class for up to 150 alumni.

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Students of cosmetology have been trained up out of the Wadena campus for 60 years.
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WADENA — The Cosmetology program at Minnesota State Community and Technical College is turning 60 years old, and to mark the occasion the college is holding a special educational event for Cosmetology program alumni.

Cosmetology is located on M State’s Wadena campus and is the college’s longest-running program. It offers training in hair care, cuts and coloring, skin and nail care and other related services, and is a growing program. A new eyelash technician certificate is set to launch in November, and an advanced aesthetician program is also on the horizon, according to an M State news release.

The Cosmetology program is known in the Wadena community for its campus salon, which offers a long list of low-cost hair, skin and nail care services to the public – all performed by students, giving them real-world, hands-on experience.

Cosmetology faculty say the program would not have been so successful over the years without the support of their clients and the community, along with all the students who have been a part of the program. Wanting to “give something back” to the students, they said the 60th anniversary event was planned especially with alumni in mind.

That event will be a free four-hour professional practice continuing education course at the Wadena campus on Monday, Oct. 24, from 4-8 p.m. Check-in and tours of the Cosmetology department will begin one hour prior to that, at 3 p.m.


M State - Wadena student Anna Olson demonstrates with Darlene Weibye, cosmetology instructor, how to apply makeup and set it using a dryer at Thursday night's open house.
M State - Wadena student Anna Olson demonstrates with Darlene Weibye, cosmetology instructor, how to apply makeup and set it using a dryer at a previous open house.
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The course is open to all graduates of the Wadena Cosmetology, Nail Technology and Esthiology programs at M State – and, as the Wadena college was formerly known, Wadena AVTI and Northwest Technical College.

Four guest speakers will present on a range of topics, including beauty as it relates to individual and societal perception, financial planning and advice, marketing, social media, and mindfulness in the salon.

A meal will be provided and prizes will be given away. Commemorative stocking hats will be sold for $25.

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M State-Wadena cosmetology instructor Rory Wgeishofski works on Tess Kirkland's hair as student Kaisa Nelson looks on.
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The course is approved by the Minnesota State Board of Cosmetology and is being offered through M State Workforce Development Solutions at no cost by the M State Foundation and Alumni. Free-will donations will be accepted, with proceeds from the donations (and commemorative hat purchases) going to the Cosmetology program.

Pre-registration is required, and space is limited to 150. Register online through M State Workforce Development Solutions by visiting and following the links for “Specialized Training” and then “Cosmetology.”

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