Instructor Profiles:

Kerry Torres

Kerry Torres has been teaching Cosmetology at Durfee since 2009. Kerry is a Fall River native and a 1997 graduate from Durfee's Cosmetology program. She is pursuing her higher education through Fitchburg State College.Kerry has 16 years of experience in the business and currently owns and operates a full service salon and spa for the past 11 years.

Contact Kerry Torres: ktorres@fallriverschools.org

Heidi Gubala

Heidi Gubala has taught Cosmetology at BMC Durfee High School since 2009. She has completed her certification at Fitchburg State college and University of Massachusetts in 1999. She has been a licensed Cosmetologist since 1984.

Contact Heidi Gubala: hgubala@fallriverschools.org

Program Overview:

The Cosmetology program provides training for students in all areas of the beauty industry including: most contemporary hair styles, cutting techniques, various chemical services, nail care, skin care, communication skills, professionalism, safety and various disorders that may be encountered.

This 4 year program is designed to prepare the students with the skills needed to excel in the State Board Exam. After the students have acquired 1000 hours in the program and taken the exam students will leave with a professional Cosmetology license. Students will learn all the fundamental methods and strategies needed to ensure success in the cosmetology field as well as professional labor laws and regulations. They will have experience on their practical skills and customer service by servicing the public.

Skills & Skill Areas:

Students obtain knowledge on professional communication and customer service skills. Our salon services provided by senior students and supervised by instructors are as follows:

  • OSHA Certification
  • Shampoo & Blow Dry
  • Shampoo & Set
  • Haircut
  • Shampoo Cut & Style
  • Highlights
  • Hair Color
  • Permanent Wave
  • Manicure
  • Facial
  • Waxing
  • Braiding

Course Sequence:

Unisex is a complete course of study that prepares males and females to become licensed cosmetologists.Throughout this 4 year program students will create and maintain a portfolio that showcases their training to prospective and employers. Also, students in this program who are interested are automatically enrolled in and compete annually in the Skills USA competitions.

Unisex Hairstyling Exploratory: 9th Grade

The 5 week course is designed to introduce the student to the program/career. They will become familiar with some basic knowledge and skill necessary to become successful in the field of cosmetology. Students should have an idea if cosmetology is a career they would like to pursue in the future.

Unisex Hairstyling I: 10th Grade

Students will be taught most basic knowledge of hair, skin and nails. They will also gain knowledge in hygiene, sanitation, and the importance of professional communication.

*Each student will accumulate 1000hrs in the program starting at the age of 16 and must be completed by the end of senior year in order to take the State Board Exam.

Unisex Hairstyling II: 11th Grade

Students will receive all knowledge and training in all facets of hair, skin, and nails to prepare them for the State Board Exam and begin a career in cosmetology. Students will become prepared to work on clients in their senior year. They will acquire knowledge and understand the importance of great customer service and receive real world experiences in a salon setting.

*Note: All students will be required to wear uniform

Unisex Hairstyling III: 12th Grade

Students will continue to receive all knowledge and training in all facets of hair, skin, and nails to prepare them for the State Board Exam and begin a career in cosmetology. They will work on clients and continue to gain real world experience in a salon setting. All students will continue to take necessary actions to complete their State Board Exam and obtain a career in the cosmetology field.

*Note: All students will be required to wear uniform

Career Options:

The Cosmetology Program prepares students with practical skills that enable students to work in the field or pursue higher education. Below is a list of jobs graduates from the Cosmetology Program are qualified for, depending on the level of their education.

Durfee Diploma & Career/Tech. Ed. Certificate

  • Hairstylist
  • Nail Technician
  • Esthetics (specialize in skin care)
  • Salon Owner / Manager
  • Salon Supply Industry
  • Cosmetology Instructor
  • Makeup Artist
  • Salon Coordinator

Eligible Degree & Certificate Programs

  • Professional Cosmetology State Board License
  • Esthetic License
  • Barbering License
  • Nail Technician License
  • Business Degree
  • Marketing Degree

Industry Links:

For more information on the career outlook for the Early Education & Care Industry visit:

Bureau of Labor Statistics - Occupational Outlook Handbook

Our full service salon is open Tuesday-Thursday by appointment.

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