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MATC to Offer Barber Technical Diploma and Apprenticeship Programs; Replaces Combined Barber/Cosmetologist Studies

Milwaukee Area Technical College will offer barber technical diploma and apprenticeship programs beginning in the fall 2013 semester. In the past, students in the diploma and apprenticeship programs were required to take combined barber/cosmetologist studies.

The split allows students interested in studying barbering only to enroll in a technical diploma program that requires 1,000 hours of training instead of the 1,800 hours required in the cosmetology technical diploma program. The program puts additional focus on men’s haircuts and shaving, while eliminating nail care studies.

Barber and cosmetology apprenticeships also have been separated. Barber apprentices work four days a week in a local barber shop/salon as a paid employee gaining experience, and attend class one day a week at MATC’s Downtown Milwaukee Campus. The MATC classes are taught by master barbers with years of industry experience. The two-year apprenticeship program prepares students for the Wisconsin State Board Exam; individuals who successfully complete the exam earn a licensed barber credential.

For more information on the barber technical diploma program, visit or contact Nancy Walters at (414) 297-7743, For more information on the barber apprentice program, call Liza Larson at (414) 297-8054 or write