Cosmetology Program Honored by MODERN SALON Media

Thursday, November 30, 2017
salon and spa

Raritan Valley Community College’s Cosmetology program has been named to MODERN SALON Media’s 2017 class of “Excellence in Education” honorees. The seventh annual program recognizes leadership and best practices among cosmetology schools. RVCC was honored for its excellence in the category of Facilities.

The honorees were announced by MODERN SALON Publisher Steve Reiss during the American Association of Cosmetology Schools’ (AACS) 2017 convention, held October 21 in Las Vegas.

“We received applications from cosmetology schools across the country and look forward to celebrating all the 2017 Excellence in Education honorees and sharing their stories. It is truly a great time to pursue a beauty education and career, and the program at Raritan Valley Community College exemplifies that fact,” said MODERN SALON Editorial Director Michele Musgrove.

RVCC’s Cosmetology and Esthetics (skincare) programs are housed in Protégé, a state-of-the-art working salon and spa located in the College’s new Workforce Training Center. The salon offers the latest color brands and equipment, as well as a beauty bar designed for hair blowouts using the Freestylist Support System, a weightless blow-dry system, and express services such as mini facials and eye treatments using products that have been derived from the sea. The facility gives Cosmetology students the opportunity to learn the most contemporary haircutting and styling techniques, fashion-forward color trends and skin care regimens. Spa and salon services are also available by appointment to help students improve their business, retail and interpersonal skills. The spa has four treatment areas and electrotherapy machines. Graduates of both programs take the NJ state board exam to receive their state license.

RVCC’s Cosmetology and Esthetics programs feature an accomplished teaching staff, innovative teaching methods, and opportunities for job shadowing and salon practicum. The programs offer proactive job placement for graduates and other components critical to student success.

In the past few years, 90 percent of RVCC’s Cosmetology students have found employment in the field and 100 percent have passed their state licensing exam. According to information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists was projected to grow 13 percent from 2014-2024, while employment for skincare specialists was projected to grow 12 percent.

“We want to help spread the word about the exceptional work cosmetology schools are doing to help launch beautiful careers. We hope the professional salon industry and their communities will join us in celebrating them,” added MODERN SALON’s Musgrove.

RVCC’s next daytime Cosmetology program starts January 24, and the next Esthetics daytime class starts January 29. To learn more about the College’s Cosmetology and Esthetics programs, contact Marcia Bird at or visit

For additional information about MODERN SALON Media, visit For information about Excellence in Education, visit

MODERN SALON Media is a division of Torrance, California-headquartered Bobit Business Media. MODERN SALON Media is the leading source of multi-media resources to serve and connect beauty professionals through every stage of their careers.

Raritan Valley Community College’s main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. For further information, visit



November 30, 2017

Media contacts: RVCC: Donna Stolzer, 908-526-1200, ext. 8383

MODERN SALON Media: Michele Musgrove, 847-634-7890

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