The information included in this booklet coincides with the State Board of Michigan’s Rules and Regulations as they apply to cosmetology. The purpose of this document is to give our students guidelines about their expected conduct while at Grondin's College of Cosmetology. We’ve created these standards to establish the best learning environment for our students. These standards may be revised at certain times.

Table of Contents

Mission Statement

Grondin's College of Cosmetology is committed to training students who have a passion for a career in the world of beauty.

Philosophy

Our philosophy is rooted in the idea that every individual has the potential to shine, and our role is to empower them with the knowledge and skills to do so. Just as a skilled artist creates a masterpiece, we teach our students to craft beauty and confidence through the art of cosmetology. Our commitment to excellence, creativity, and continuous learning ensures that every graduate becomes a master of their craft, ready to make the world more beautiful one person at a time.

Objectives

Upon completion of the program, students should be able to:

  • Perform skills necessary for an entry-level position in the field of cosmetology.
  • Communicate effectively with employers, employees, peers, and clients in a constructive manner.
  • Develop an awareness of the scope of the cosmetology field.
  • Recognize the need to continually improve individual skills and keep current with cosmetology trends.
  • Learn to select, care for, and use properly, professional products that are related to the application of beauty treatments.
  • To value an appreciation of the contribution of the science and art of cosmetology to move ahead in the fast-moving industry of today.
  • Perform all duties in a professional and courteous manner.

Admission Requirements

  • High School diploma, GED, or transcript showing successful completion of the 9th grade.
  • 17 years of age or older at time of State Board Exam Registration

Tuition

The cost for each program is available on our website, and it will be explained at your school tour or enrollment meeting. The amount will include tuition, program supplies, enrollment fee, State of Michigan registration fee, as well as State Board exam fees and license application. A payment plan is outlined within each contract. Tuition payments are due each Monday of the student’s contract. A late fee is charged for tuition not paid on time, and students will be notified if they become delinquent in their payments. Students cannot attend class if their tuition payments are not current. At enrollment, all program supplies, fees, and registrations must be paid as well as a portion of the first week’s tuition payment.

Refund Policy

Refunds are based on the circumstances of each individual contract and will only apply to the tuition portion of the program.

Cosmetology - Course Description

The first 350 hours of cosmetology training will take place in the classroom with digital learning and practical (hands-on) work on mannequins and fellow students. Upon completion of these initial hours, students will move to a station on the salon floor where they will serve clients while at the same time continuing training in the classroom and practical assignments.

The curriculum for this course covers, but is not limited to the following:

  • General Sciences
  • Health Sciences
  • Hair Services
  • Skin Care Services
  • Nail Services
  • Health and Safety
  • Life Skills

We'll also cover the following subjects:

  1. Safety Rules and Practices
  2. Professional Development
  3. Cosmetology Laws and Rules
  4. Hair Coloring
  5. Hair Lightening and Toning
  6. Implements and Equipment
  7. Sterilization and Sanitation
  8. Anatomy
  9. Chemistry
  10. Shampoos
  11. Leadership
  12. Salon Management
  13. Scalp Treatment
  14. Scalp Analysis
  15. Finger Waving
  16. Pin Curls
  17. Roller Sets
  18. Comb out
  19. Haircutting
  20. Hair Analysis
  21. Manicuring
  22. Pedicuring
  23. Nails
  24. Permanent Wave
  25. Blow Drying
  26. Thermal Hair Styling
  27. Chemical Relaxing
  28. Facials
  29. Make-Up
  30. Hair Removal

All students must complete the required number of Minimum Practical Assignments, the required number of Theory Hours and the required number of Practical Hours as set forth by the State of MI Cosmetology to receive a Certificate of Completion from Grondin's College of Cosmetology.

Manicurist/Nail Technician - Course Description

The first 100 hours of cosmetology training will take place in the classroom with digital learning and practical (hands-on) work on mannequins and fellow students. Upon completion of these initial hours, students will move to a station on the salon floor where they will serve clients while at the same time continuing training in the classroom and practical assignments.

The curriculum for this course covers, but is not limited to the following:

  • Nail Technology Foundations
  • General Sciences
  • Health Sciences
  • Nail Services
  • Health and Safely
  • Life Skills

We'll also cover the following subjects:

  1. Manicuring
  2. Pedicuring
  3. Artificial Nails
  4. Hand and Arm Massage
  5. Treatment of Nails
  6. Anatomy
  7. Cosmetology Laws and Rules
  8. Study of the Use and Application of Certain Chemicals

All students must complete the required number of Minimum Practical Assignments, the required number of Theory Hours and the required number of Practical Hours as set forth by the State of MI Cosmetology to receive a Certificate of Completion from Grondin's College of Cosmetology.

Esthetics - Course Description

The first 100 hours of esthetics training will take place in the classroom with digital learning and practical (hands-on) work on mannequins and fellow students. Upon completion of these initial hours, students will move to a station on the salon floor where they will serve clients while at the same time continuing training in the classroom and practical assignments.

The curriculum for this course covers, but is not limited to the following:

  • General Sciences
  • Health Sciences
  • Esthetics–specific content
  • Health and Safely
  • Life Skills

We'll also cover the following subjects:

  1. Anatomy and Physiology
  2. Physiology and Histology of the Skin
  3. Disorders and Diseases of the Skin
  4. Skin Analysis
  5. Skin Care Products
  6. Facial Treatments
  7. Facial Devices and Technology
  8. Hair Removal
  9. Makeup Essentials
  10. Advanced Topics and Treatments/li>
  11. Soft Skills Toolbox
  12. Health and Public Safety
  13. Cosmetology Laws and Rules
  14. Business Skills

Cosmetology Careers

  • Hairstylist
  • Hair Coloring Specialist
  • Salon Owner/Manager
  • Make-Up Artist
  • Product Development & Manufacturing
  • Platform Artist/Educator
  • Cosmetology Instructor
  • Manicurist/Nail Technician
  • Skin-Scalp-Hair Specialist
  • Esthetician

Rules and Regulations

Students are expected to abide by the rules and regulations set in this handbook as well as rules found in the Michigan Board of Cosmetology Laws and Rules.

Time Clock Policy

  • Private Pay Students: To avoid being tardy for class, you must clock in between 8:55 a.m. and 9:05 a.m.
  • Ed-Tech Students: Students are required to enter the building as soon as they arrive, and they need to clock in between 11:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to avoid receiving a tardy. Note: do not clock in before 11:15 a.m.
Additional Time clock notes:
  1. Students are not allowed to clock in anyone except themselves. Students who clock other students in or out, at any time, are at risk of disiplinary action and losing verifiable clock hours for the day.
  2. Failure to clock in at time of arrival and/or returning from lunch break may result in loss of verifiable clock hours.
  3. Failure to clock out for required lunch break and/or at the end of the day may result in loss of verifiable clock hours.
  4. Altered or edited time clock sheets may result in loss of verifiable clock hours.
  5. It is the student’s responsibility to maintain proper procedures when clocking in/out to be sure all allowable clock time is credited. Each student is given an hour log booklet to record and maintain their hours attended.

Lunch

  • Students must always communicate to an instructor when they leave the floor for lunch. If you fail to do so, disciplinary action may be taken.
  •  A 30-minute lunch break is given when a student is in attendance for more than five hours. Lunch times may be staggered at the discretion of an instructor, according to client services.
  • Lunch times must be clocked out and back in.
  • Grondin's College of Cosmetology is a closed campus for Lapeer County Ed Tech students, meaning once you are clocked in, you are not allowed to leave the building unless Grondin's College of Cosmetology has permission from the administration at Ed Tech or permission from parent or guardian.

Driving/Parking Regulations

  • We expect all students to be courteous and respectful of the cars, customers, and people in the parking lots surrounding Grondin's College of Cosmetology.
  • Lapeer County Ed Tech students are to leave their vehicles and enter our building after parking. No loitering in vehicles.
  • Students are to operate vehicles in a safe and orderly manner and observe all parking and traffic regulations.
  • Grondin's College of Cosmetology assumes no responsibility for theft, breakage, or damage to any vehicle.
  • All traffic laws and regulations are to be followed.
  • Students who violate driving/parking policies will be subject to disciplinary action.

Privacy

Students will be working closely with each other and clients. Always respect the privacy of one another. Students are not to look through other students’ personal belongings or cosmetology tools or cabinets without permission. Taking supplies from each other without permission will result in disciplinary action. Personal information heard or overheard from clients and/or other students while at school is not to be repeated either in school to other students or clients, or outside of school to anyone. The confidentiality of our students and clients must be respected.

Salon Floor Rules

  1. School-approved smocks and nametags must always be worn.
  2. Clean, rubber-soled shoes with laces must be worn daily. Any color is accepted.
  3. Please do not trim your nails in a way that interferes with client services and salon duties.
  4. Keep chair, workstation, and floor free from hair always.
  5. No smoking/vaping devices will be used inside or near the front and back of our building.
  6. Please refrain from chewing gum.
  7. ALL work must be checked by an instructor daily.
  8. Students must be courteous to all staff members, other students, and clients.
  9. No profane language allowed.
  10. Students may have personal services done, as time allows, with the instructor’s permission; however, students must pay a minimal fee to cover supplies and overhead.
  11. Area clean-up must be approved before students leave the building.
  12. Pets are not allowed in the building.
  13. Grondin's College of Cosmetology requests a physician’s note in case of injury with restrictions or contagious disease.
  14. All reading material must be related to cosmetology.
  15. Please limit the amount of personal belongings you have with you at school. Space for all of it is a factor. You must keep all personal items inside your station, off the floor and off the station top.
  16. If a student refuses to perform an assigned client service, they will be asked to clock out for the remainder of the day receiving no verifiable hour credit.
  17. All phases of personal hygiene must be practiced daily.
  18. A five-hour day attended constitutes time for a thirty-minute lunch break.
  19. Personal services for students must be approved by an instructor and pre-paid.
  20. Earbuds are allowed during digital learning.
  21. Business phone may be used for emergencies only.
  22. At the end of each school day, the only item allowed to remain on your station is a blow dryer (COS student). Any other items will be removed.
  23. Grondin's College of Cosmetology is not responsible for theft of any items.

Classroom Rules

  1. Food will not be allowed at classroom tables, stations, or on the salon floor. Drinks are allowed if they have a top or lid and are kept in your station. 
  2. Once class begins, no student can leave the classroom or building without permission.
  3. Only Cosmetology textbooks, workbooks, and State Laws and Rules books will be allowed at Grondin's College of Cosmetology. Any reading material must pertain to cosmetology.
  4. Workspaces must be free of personal belongings, backpacks, shoes, purses, etc.
  5. No earbuds are allowed unless used for a lesson.

School Rules

  • Name and/or address changes must be given to administration as soon as possible.
  • Grondin's College of Cosmetology is a fragrance-free school. Due to severe allergic reactions, perfumes and scented body lotions are prohibited in the school.
 

Attendance

Each of our programs has been scheduled for completion within an allotted timeframe, so the importance of regular attendance and punctuality cannot be stressed enough. Employers are interested in dependability. Each student is expected to be in school unless his/her own illness, or illness or death in his/her family, prevents them from attending. Your contract with Grondin's College of Cosmetology has a start date and an end date in which your hours must be completed. Otherwise, your contract becomes null and void. Times of contracts may be extended at the discretion of Grondin's Administration in the event of prolonged medical illness or family emergency. The request for an extension must be submitted by the student in writing before completion.

  • Full-time students attend class five days per week for a total of 35 hours.
  • Part-time students attend class three days per week for a total of 21 hours.
  • Students must attend a minimum of three hours to receive hours for the day.

The required number of hours for each program are as follows.

  • Cosmetology: 1500 hours
  • Manicurist: 400 hours
  • Esthetics: 400 hours
  • Instructor: 500 hours
  • Limited Instructor: 300 hours

Leave of Absence Requirements

  • If you will be absent or late, contact your instructor by 9:00 a.m. Your instructor will provide you with their preferred contact information. The absence must be reported before class starts. You may also call the school at 810-664-7683.
  • In the event of an injury or leave of any type, such as maternity or medical, Grondin's College of Cosmetology requires a note from the doctor to return to school.
  • If absence is extended, it must be approved by Grondin's College of Cosmetology and accompanied by an anticipated return date. A Leave of Absence form must be completed, signed, and sent to the administration.
  • Grondin's College of Cosmetology requests documentation for absences related to medical issues or funeral services.
  • Students who miss thirty consecutive days of school without notifying Grondin's College of Cosmetology are subject to termination from the program.
  • Students receive monthly updates as to the status of clock hours of attendance.
  • It is the student's responsibility to manage your tardies and absences.

Dress Code

  • Students should dress in good taste that doesn't attract other than normal attention. A clean appearance is always expected. Examples of acceptable and unacceptable attire can be viewed here.
  • Good personal hygiene is a must. Students are expected to maintain good oral hygiene, bathe or shower daily, wash their hands often, and keep their hair clean and styled in a professional manner. Guys also need to trim any facial hair neatly.
  • Management has the final say on what is considered professional and appropriate.
  • Any appearance improvements deemed necessary by staff shall be done off the clock.
  • Students should not smell of smoke, food, or any other offensive odor while in the classroom or when servicing a client.

Shop Work - General Housekeeping

Just as in a salon or place of business, housekeeping duties need to be performed daily. Students and or groups of students will be assigned certain areas to keep maintained on a rotational basis. Students are responsible for clean up of all practical areas.

Workstation Cleanliness
  1. Countertops, chairs, manicure stations, and esthetic client room should be wiped down daily with disinfectant.
  2. Mirrors should be clean and free of dust.
  3. Personal items cannot be kept on stations.
  4. All cabinets should be clean.
  5. Cos students may leave blow dryer on station overnight. All other tools need to be put away, including manikins.
  6. Tools should be removed from stations and sanitized immediately after every use.
  7. All tools and product containers should be clean and free of hair.
  8. Hair should be swept and floor clean, always.
  9. Chairs should stay stationary facing the mirror with pumper in the rear available for use.
Dispensary Rules / Tool Cage
  1. Sinks must be clean.
  2. All items must be returned to designated areas of storage.
  3. Towels must be kept clean and folded.
  4. Floor need to be swept and cleaned.
  5. Wipe down counters.
  6. Bottles and brushes must be cleaned.
  7. Read all directions carefully.
  8. Empty waste baskets and keep lids clean.

Practical (Salon Floor) Assignments

  • All clients are on a walk-in basis.
  • Requests by customers are honored whenever possible.
  • If a student refuses to service a client, he/she will not receive verifiable clock hours for the remainder of the day.

Unsatisfactory Progress

Students must maintain an 80% average to be awarded a graduation certificate. If academic and/or clinical fall below this regulation set forth by Grondin's College of Cosmetology, the student will be asked to sign a progress report indicating their current grade. Graduation depends upon the successful completion of the program. Students must complete all theory, practical, MPA, and hour components.

Grading

Students will be evaluated in academic, work ethic, and practical settings. A written test will be given at the completion of each chapter. Instructors evaluate practical skills as well while performing the skill. To receive credit for your work, an instructor must sign it.

Important: Four components are required for course completion: time clock hours, theory (classroom) hours, practical (skills) hours, and MPAs (minimum practical applications). Completing the required number in each component in a timely manner is essential for the student to complete the course within the allotted amount of time.

It is the student’s responsibility to schedule make-up (missed) work with their instructor.

Point System
  • Students have 10 points available daily to earn in the area of Work Ethic.
  • Students have 10 points available daily to earn in the area of Practical Skills.
  • Student’s daily performance will impact their grade and dictate how many points are earned in a day.

The following violations will result in point loss.

  • Work Ethic
  • Sleeping during class: -10 points
  • No call in if absent: -10 points
  • Tardy: -4 points
  • Dress code violation: No verifiable time clock hours earned
  • Shop work not done: -4 points
  • Not prepared: -4 points
  • Excessive cell phone use: -4 points
  • Food/beverage on salon floor or in the classroom: -2 points
  • Not participating: -5 points
  • Other: Instructor’s discretion

Practical Skills will be graded according to student performance/instructor discretion.

Visitors

Children, relatives, or friends are not permitted to be in attendance during school hours unless they are receiving a service. This includes both classroom and practical areas.

Gross Violations

Behavior such as the following may lead to immediate termination.

  1. Possession of controlled substances
  2. Under the influence of controlled substances (drugs and/or alcohol)
  3. Theft of property belonging to Grondin's College of Cosmetology, fellow student, or instructor
  4. Vandalism of Grondin's College of Cosmetology, fellow student, instructor’s property
  5. Fighting or assaulting

Withdrawing from School

If a student wishes to withdraw from the program, he/she must contact the administration and give a reason for the withdrawal. Any items or personal belongings that remain at the school seven days after the termination/graduation will become the property of Grondin's College of Cosmetology.

Communication

Should Grondin's College of Cosmetology have any delays, closings or information that we feel is important to students, we will communicate through the following methods:

  1. REMIND app (free for iOS and Android). Please install the REMIND app, and ask to join Grondin's College of Cosmetology using class code kd843k.
  2. Grondin's College of Cosmetology - Public Facebook Page
  3. Grondin's College of Cosmetology Students and Alumni - Private Facebook Group

Completion

  • Upon satisfactory completion of hours and completing the required number of MPA’s, practical hours, and theory hours, students will receive a certificate of completion and will be eligible to register to take the State Board Examination.
  • Certificate of completion and signed PSI exam candidate information bulletin cannot be released until all required components have been met.
  • Should these components not be completed, it will be at the student’s expense to return and do so.

Graduation Day

Students are required to take all personal belongs from station and locker on the day they complete their contract. Failure to do so will result in ownership of items now belonging to Grondin's College of Cosmetology.

State Board Exam Preparation

Students will have the opportunity to take part in a mock state board exam experience. Students who choose not to participate while still in attendance and want to come back after graduation for mock board, will be charged a flat fee of $80.00 as well as risk that we may not have an instructor available to provide a mock board.