Schools form a beautiful partnership

Adult school will allow students to take classes while working toward cosmetology license at Marinello.

September 12, 2007|By Rachel Kane

Students at the Burbank Adult School will have the chance to earn more than their GED this fall.

Burbank Unified School District board members approved an agreement between the school and the Marinello School of Beauty in Burbank that would allow students to take classes at the adult school and work on a cosmetology license.

“[Career technical education] is an area that’s really growing for us,” said Joseph Stark, assistant principal of the Burbank Adult School. “Our facilities are not always adequate to offer some of these programs.”


Career technical education, also known as vocational education, has been expanding in the Burbank school district in the past few years.

Under the agreement, Marinello will recruit and register students, handle paperwork, track attendance as well as instruct them at the beauty school’s campus.

The adult school will collect Average Daily Attendance funds from the students enrolled in the classes, while Marinello will collect its normal tuition for the 1,600-hour cosmetology licensing class, Jan Britz, assistant superintendent of Instructional Services.

The school will pay Marinello a fee totaling $2 for every hour a student is enrolled in the class, or about $3,200, Adult School Principal Cherise Moore said. This is money Marinello will make on top of the normal tuition students will be charged, Moore said.

Representatives from Marinello’s corporate office would not say how much tuition is.

Marinello admissions representatives will have the chance to come in and give presentations to students at the adult school, Moore said, offering what she called a more “streamlined” process to provide students with easier access to information on the school.

“We want to always try to extend our career technical education programs, and Marinello School of Beauty actually works with several adult schools in the area,” Britz said.

The addition of beauty school classes is part of the adult school’s larger push to provide a wider array of career technical education classes to their students, Moore said.

They have partnered with several local businesses throughout Burbank in the past few years, including health career training from Boston Reed College in Burbank.

School administrators hope to strike a partnership with the Cinema Make-up School of Los Angeles to provide classes in special effects, prosthetic, high fashion and professional makeup application.

Classes from the Cinema Make-up School would be taught on the adult school campus, Stark said.

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