West Harrison County Center
Learn the skills to start your career as a cosmetologist.

The Goal

The Cosmetology program is an instructional program provides training in the theory, skills, and salon ethics that are required to become a licensed cosmetologist. The no cost option for Cosmetology is available only at the West Harrison County Center. The Cosmetology program offers 3 tracks for students to enter the field:

A three semester program offered during the day
Cosmetology/Nail Technology
A one semester program offered in the afternoon/evening
A one semester program with an anticipated start date in the spring 2022 semester

Job Outlook

The Occupational Employment Projections (2016-2026) has identified Cosmetology’s employment opportunities as brighter than average and is expected to grow faster than most similar occupations especially in South Mississippi due to the resort status. The average reported wage is $34,150 annually. Licensed cosmetologists can find employment in salons, resort spas, hotels, cruise ships, the theatre or start their own business.


Courses may include:
  • Hair Care
  • Skin Care
  • Nail Care
  • Salon Business


Students enrolled in Cosmetology may earn:

  • College Credit Certificate
  • Career Certificate
  • Technical Diploma
  • Associate of Applied Science Degree


MGCCC has received a RESTORE Act grant to administer a Gulf Coast Work Ready Program designed to aid coastal citizens in the attainment of basic skills, employability skills and specific industry skills that are needed in high-demand industry sectors along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Due to the receipt of the grant, the Gulf Coast Work Ready Cosmetology program will be offered to eligible students at no cost*. The no cost option for Cosmetology is available only at the West Harrison County Center.

* Some programs have additional costs associated with criminal background checks, instructional materials and external exam and licensure fees. Students may be responsible for the cost of these items.

Admission Requirements

As a part of the no cost program, students will be required to enroll and complete a “Work-Ready” credential specific to the Mississippi Gulf Coast to include employability skills training. Students must also meet admission requirements of MGCCC as well as program specific requirements.

Students must demonstrate that they are a Mississippi resident.

Contact Us for Enrollment Information

Fill out the form below, and MGCCC will contact you about enrolling in the Cosmetology program.

  • Select any Work Ready programs you would like to learn more about.
This project was paid for with grant funding from the Department of Treasury and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality under the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast Sates Act of 2012 (RESTORE Act). The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Treasury or the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.