It's Your Future... OWN IT.



Today is your opportunity to welcome the start of something great. The Cosmetology Academy at Douglas Education Center provides you with the tools necessary to succeed while giving you the attention you deserve, all with the goal of establishing you in a career where you can earn your living doing what you love!

The Cosmetology Program covers the study of the basic principles of cosmetology, including an understanding of the chemistry of the hair and practical applications. It is a well-rounded program covering all the foundational skills of Cosmetology and will prepare you as a licensed Cosmetologist. You could work in television/film as a stylist, be a platform stylist for a major hair care corporation or even own your own business. This is your life. This is your dream. OWN IT.

  • Chemicals
  • Salon Management
  • Hair Design
  • Hair Sculpture
  • Nails
  • Skin
  • Career Development Strategies
  • State Board Preparation
As an added bonus, students are eligible to become certified in Hair Extensions, Hair Fusion, Framesi, Scruples, Texture Fusion, Framesi BYproducts. Certification may open doors to higher earning potential and career advancement.



  • Geno Levi Salon and Spa and Exsalonce
  • Holiday Hair
  • Jacques Dessange Spa & Salon
  • Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
  • Philip Pelusi
  • Regis Hair Salon
  • Sephora
  • Eye Candy Salon
  • Stephen Szabo Salon
  • Studio 7 Salon
  • Spa Harmony
  • Super Cuts
  • Spa Harmony
  • Pro Tech Nail Salon
  • Toscano’s Beauty Salon and Barber Shop


Carrie Holman

Carrie Holman // Supervisor of Cosmetology Programs

Diploma, General Cosmetology, Pittsburgh Beauty Academy | Diploma, Cosmetology Teacher, Pittsburgh Beauty Academy | Diploma, Esthetics, Pittsburgh Beauty Academy | Licensed Cosmetology Teacher

Karen Nelson

Karen Nelson // Director of Cosmetology Programs

Diploma, General Cosmetology, Pittsburgh Beauty Academy | Diploma, Cosmetology Teacher, Pittsburgh Beauty Academy | Licensed Cosmetology Teacher

Charlotte Durka

Charlotte Durka // Instructor

Diploma, General Cosmetology, Pittsburgh Beauty Academy | Diploma, Cosmetology Teacher, Pittsburgh Beauty Academy | Licensed Cosmetology Teacher

Bonnie Pitzarella

Bonnie Pitzarella // Instructor

A.S.T. Cosmetology Management Pittsburgh Beauty Academy | Licensed Cosmetology Teacher

Yevette Wells

Yevette Wells // Instructor

Certificate, Indiana University of Pennsylvania | Diploma Empire Beauty School | Licensed Cosmetology Teacher

Patricia Moorhead

Patricia Moorhead // Instructor

Diploma, Cosmetology Teacher, Douglas Education Center | Diploma, Fayette Area Vocational Technical School | Licensed Cosmetology Teacher

 DEC recognizes the importance of students developing professional portfolios. The Portfolio and Career Development Center was created to give students in the art and entertainment disciplines a professional area for portfolio foundation. The Center is open to all students and they are encouraged to utilize it frequently so that their portfolios contain their absolute best work.

Services at The Center include Professional photographs of student work, information on how to light pieces for photography purposes, how to use social media, and assistance with layout and design to be able to create a comprehensive and compelling portfolio.



Cosmetology students at The Cosmetology Academy supplement their classroom education with real-life experience. DEC cosmetology students learn and work in an upscale salon setting, and work on real clients through The Student Clinic. At The Cosmetology Academy at DEC, we’ll teach you how to create an atmosphere where your clients can relax and walk away feeling wonderful. [/tab] [tab title=”PUBLIC SERVICE MENU”]Most importantly, students – within a simulated salon environment – are able to explore the complexities of styling hair, treating skin, and even designing nails as they work on paying members of the community. All of their services are offered at reduced rates and are carried out under the careful tutelage of licensed professionals.

No chemical services will be started two hours prior to closing. Appointments recommended, but walk-ins welcome. All charges based on the reasonable cost of material only. All work done by students.

To make an appointment,
please call: 
(724) 653-2188

Student Clinic Hours:

  • Please call (724) 653-2188 for Student Clinic Hours

Senior Citizen Discount
20% off Regular Price Everyday (55 and older)


Cosmetology Program Disclosure Page HERE
Consumer Information HERE




  • State Secretary of Labor and Industry Kathy Manderino Visits DEC - On Tuesday, July 22, State Secretary of Labor and Industry Kathy Manderino visited Douglas Education Center. Her visit focused on what DEC offers to our students while in school, as well as after. “Really what I am interested in how are career and technical schools are connecting with the employer community and how we can help to make that connection” said Kathy. Kathy also spoke with numerous students about their […]
  • The Cosmetology Academy Equipping Students with Technology! - The 2015 Summer Semester brought a new and exciting way the students in the Esthetic Program at the Cosmetology Academy at Douglas Education Center learn. Each student in the program was given a new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Education instead of a normal book in which to access his or her coursework. The tablets are set up with the e-book version of the cosmetology books required for classes as well […]
  • DEC Graduate Finishes in Second Place on SyFy’s ‘Face Off’ - From DEC graduate to reality star, Tyler Green unleashed his passion and creativity in special make-up effects, finishing second in the SyFy channel’s breakout reality competition series, Face Off. Face Off showcases some of the best special make-up effects talent in the country. Competitors prove they’ve got the skills to create exciting and fantastical characters. A 2006 graduate of Tom Savini’s Special Make-Up Effects Program and the Esthetics Program at Douglas Education Center, in Monessen, PA, […]

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