May 19, 2020

What does an online education look like at Altoona Beauty School, Inc?

It is pretty fun, actually! Our classes in all four programs have been transitioned to online training during the COVID-19 pandemic. While this is a temporary situation, our students have been able to continue their training in Nail Technology, Cosmetology, Esthetics, and Teachers curriculums. 

Classes meet Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. The State of Pennsylvania only permits theory classes to be done online. Most classes are done through Zoom, but some smaller classes are held via Facebook Messenger video chat. Our ABS Coaches are present and continue to lead the class virtually as they would have in the classroom. These classes include student reviews, demonstrations, and activities.

All of our programs have access to the electronic version of their textbook through the MindTap by Milady. This is a great tool for studying, and some of the activities and exams are done in MindTap.

Students in our Cosmetology and Teacher programs receive a chromebook in their book package. Nail tech and Esthetics students may use their smartphone, iPads, or laptops. Our school app has been great for keeping in touch with important messages, worksheets, and assignments. We also email worksheets to students.

All of the companies we partner with, or work with, have been very generous in offering additional online training. Students have been able to take webinars in:

  • Acrylic nails
  • Hard gels
  • soft gels
  • Dermalogica workshops
  • Nuts and Bolts business classes
  • Beauty as a Business social media classes
  • MUD Makeup sanitation classes
  • Master Educator classes
  • Sassoon cutting and coloring classes

These are just to name a few. This has benefited the students to obtain certifications for their portfolios as well as additional hours.

We are now enrolling for July 13 in Cosmetology and August 10 in  Nail Tech and Esthetics! You can take a virtual tour of Altoona Beauty School and apply online. Drive by pick-up for books and supplies will be scheduled for you.