Gila Community College is poised to bring cosmetology training to its Payson campus.
The Northern Arizona Vocational Institute of Technology (NAVIT) is discontinuing one of its programs, so it has money available to help launch the program, Dean Stephen Cullen told the Gila County Board of Supervisors in a presentation Feb. 4.
He said informal surveys of high school students and beauty salon operators show support for such an addition to the GCC-Payson curriculum. There were 36 Payson High School students very interested in a program and 55 more somewhat interested.
Adult learners would also have a chance to participate in the program.
Salon owners in the area told Campus Dean Pam Butterfield and District One Gila County Supervisor Tommie Martin they were in favor of the program as well since it could provide a pool of future employees.
An instructor has already committed to the program.
A pilot cosmetology program was started at the Globe campus of GCC five years ago and has become self-supporting, Cullen said. Revenue from tuition and customers runs it.
Estimated building costs are $102,847, with a used modular unit that needs remodeling. An additional $71,500 is needed to install the modular. The chairs and equipment needed for the program would be provided by NAVIT.
The proposed building site is adjacent to the GCC-Payson north parking lot.
“This is something we need to do,” said Martin, who brought the issue before the supervisors.
“Community colleges’ strength is to provide students a trade,” she said.
“The way it works, high school students can take all, or almost all, of the credits they need to get licensed. That gives a real option to young people. One of the best gifts to give students is the opportunity to learn a trade,” Martin added.
Cullen backed up the supervisor. He said research shows students with vocational training are better prepared to financially secure a bachelor’s degree.
Both Supervisors John Marcanti and Mike Pastor said it sounded like a good idea; however, they also had concerns about launching it in the middle of the county’s budget year.
Pastor asked Cullen to see if NAVIT could delay its participation until next spring.
“I don’t know if the money ($71,500) is available right now. Maybe we could help with the site preparation (to lower that),” Pastor said, adding a lot of community assistance with work and materials made the program possible in Globe.
Public Works Division Director Steve Stratton said he knew of at least two other modular buildings that might be available for use with the program at a lesser cost.
No action was taken on the presentation.
Other county news
The Gila County Board of Supervisors on Feb. 4 agreed to continue providing process serving of court documents for the Town of Payson.
The town will pay the county $875 a month for its assistance from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2018.
Process serving is out of the magistrate court and involves serving various court documents on the people involved.
The supervisors also agreed to sell the Gisela Valley Fire District a 1965 travel trailer for $1. The unit was used as an office at the transfer station in Gisela, but that service is no longer provided.