Haywood Community College’s Cosmetic Arts Department launched a new approach to learning this semester with an update of educational materials from Pivot Point International. The HCC program has been a member of Pivot Point since 1992. It is available in 13 languages in more than 70 countries. Pivot Point is the largest network of cosmetic schools in North America and brings more than 45 years of experience to educating hair designers through innovative, mindful learning practices.

HCC instructors attended intense training at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College along with six other North Carolina Community Colleges. “We are all excited and enthused about this new approach,” says Deborah Ball, HCC Coordinator of the Cosmetic Arts Department. “This is a smaller, more condensed library and the program is more comprehensive. Many years of research has gone into this.”

The new materials that was recently introduced brings students the Designer’s Approach where cosmetology theory is explained in a visual way that is based on unified art and design concepts. This new learning philosophy will greatly improve the way cosmetology students learn, while preparing them for real salon world experiences. Seeing as a designer promotes the ability to observe and connect inspiration from any source. It focuses the learner’s attention to details of the design.

Students learn to see, think, create, and adapt as a designer. Thinking as a designer leads to visualization and organization through analytical thinking. Creating as a designer develops skills and techniques to perform, plan, and generate predictable results. Adapting as a designer is about composing and personalizing while ensuring client satisfaction.

In addition, the curriculum teaches life skills and professional strategies necessary to promote exceptional guest relations that lead to professional success. Students will boost their learning potential, improve their confidence, and learn to work through real-world situations.

Ball says that in addition to a more condensed library, students are benefitting from Pivot Point’s new Snap Cap. This innovative head form requires students to buy only one form and then they can use different caps which merely snap into place. “The snap cap lasts longer, fits nicely with our college’s going green concept, and saves the student money.”

For more information about HCC’s Cosmetic Arts program, please call 828-565-4262 or email dball@haywood.edu.