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SCC Cosmetology Professor Named Chair of State Board of Hairdressers and Cosmetologists

Kay SwannerKay Swanner, professor and program coordinator for the Somerset Community College (SCC) Cosmetology program, Laurel Campus, has been appointed to a third term on the Kentucky Board of Hairdressers and Cosmetologists, this time as chair.

Swanner’s cosmetology career has included work as a hairdresser, salon owner and instructor. She has been teaching at the SCC Laurel Campus for nearly 23 years, she said.

Swanner was appointed to the board by past Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and was recently reappointed by Governor Matt Bevin. According to Swanner, the board was created to “protect the health and safety of the general public, to protect the public against misrepresentation, deceit, or fraud in the practice or teaching of beauty culture, to set standards for the operation of the schools and salons and to protect the students under the provisions of these chapters.” To the general public, that means that the board hears all violations, complaints and suggested changes to laws governing hairdressers and cosmetologists. In addition, Swanner said the board is also responsible for ensuring that inspections of salons and schools are done and that training programs are treating students fairly, teaching correct methods and curriculum is current and up-to-date with laws and other requirements.

As chair of the state board, Swanner essentially serves as the point person for all hairdressers and cosmetologists and as a liaison to the governor regarding related issues.

“Serving my occupation and my fellow hairdressers and cosmetologists in this position is something I’ve always wanted to do,” said Swanner. “I always felt it was important to give back through service and I’m blessed to be able to do so in this way. I am thankful to have the support of my fellow teachers and SCC administrators to assist in juggling the requirements that come with teaching and serving as board chair.”

In addition, her board appointment allows Swanner to ensure that students enrolled in the SCC Cosmetology program are up-to-date on the latest state and federal requirements and are informed about changes in the industry.

Swanner, who also teaches a dual credit class at Laurel South High School, is a graduate of the very program she now teaches.

“I do this because I love the students,” said Swanner. “I love seeing people with no confidence gain confidence, and I enjoy seeing them become independent. They learn a skill they use to provide for themselves and their families.”

SCC offers the Cosmetology program in Somerset, London and Albany. To find out more about the program, contact Kay Swanner at (606) 878-4807 or kay.swanner@kctcs.edu (Laurel Campus), Jennifer Owens at (606) 451-6889 or Jennifer.owens@kctcs.edu (Somerset Campus) or Joni Upchurch at (606) 387-3791 or joni.upchurch@kctcs.edu (Clinton Center).