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from the Trenches WORKING WITH STATE AUTHORIZATION AND COSMETOLOGY LICENSING BOARDS BY BEAUTYLINK STAFF IGNORANCE IS NO EXCUSE." While the words sound harsh, they also ring true, particularly when it comes to protecting the freedom of cosmetology schools to operate in an increasingly complex regulatory environment. Governing bodies including state cosmetology boards and boards of regents have the authorization to determine students' access to Title IV funding and even uphold the licensing provisions that preserve the integrity of an industry. With so much at stake, cosmetology schools must be vigilant about maintaining positive working relationships with state authorization entities. BeautyLink spoke with some AACS members about how they have developed strong relationships with their state authorization entities. As president of the Indiana Cosmetology and Barbering Association's (ICBA) boa rd, Tricoci University, Halal led efforts Indiana to halt passage of HB 1006 in 2012, which sought to remove licensing requirements for c o s me t olo g i s t s and barbers. Halal says schools don't need to fight the licensing battle alone. He says schools are best served by a robust coalition that speaks for all cosmetology interests in the state. "Cosmetology schools need a voice that speaks for schools, salons, hairstylists and barbers," he said. "The government wants to hear the perspective of the entire industry, not just one segment." The ICBA also retained a lobbyist to share a clear industry message with state regulators. "We made it easy for state legislators to understand our message and why licensing protects citizens," Halal said. A long-running issue is where to draw the line when it comes to specialized services. Those in the braiding, threading and retail cosmetics sectors have continually sought to remove licensing requirements. Sometimes, they have succeeded. For example, inserting the phrase "services incidental to retail sales" into John Halal 18 | BE AUT Y L I NK | BAL*ANCE | 2014 legislation made it permissible for department store makeup counters to offer facials. "Fundamentally, legislators do not understand our business and if we don't make it easy for them, laws will be passed that are harmful to schools and licensed professionals," Halal said. Relationship building is at the heart of Yocum's approach to working with Kansas' Bellus Academy, Board of Regents Kansas and State Board of Cosmetology. Yocum didn't stop with a call or even a business lunch with each regulator. Instead, he invited both organizations' leaders to visit Bellus Academy. The visit was not only their first visit to a cosmetology school, but the first time the Board of Regents and Board of Cosmetology leaders met one another. Jacqueline Johnson, director of academic affairs for the Kansas Board of Regents, said the visit broadened her understanding of cosmetology. "People don't know what they don't know and being able to frame an industry so legislators understand cosmetology's impact on citizens is critical," Johnson said. She advises schools to supplement statistics with human interest stories. "Data helps deliver the message, and putting students in front of legislators drives the message home," Johnson said. Bellus also strives to make students aware of licensing and regulations in their careers. Students learn about the role of state authorization in overseeing compliance and how effective legislation can safeguard the integrity of their profession. The perception that schools and authorization bodies are continually at odds is a misconception, according to Yocum. "Schools must work to show state agencies that we are up to date on education, that our programs are focused on preparing students for employment and that students are supported throughout their education; because we both want knowledgeable professionals serving our state's citizens," he said. David Yocum

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BeautyLink - Volume 6, Issue 2

Message From the Aacs President & Cea Chair
The Workings of Washington
Creating a Recipe for the Future
Voices From the Trenches
Creating Harmony in the Classroom
Living an Integrated Life
A Student’s Perspective
And Then There’s Compliance
This Hairstylist Is on Fire!
Keeping the Enrollment Funnel Flowing
Beauty Changes Lives
Significant Changes
Battle of the Strands
Cyber Liability and Data Security
Superstar Graduate
Plagued by More Delays
Voices From the Classroom
Launching a Blow Out Career
People & Places
New Products & Services
Associate Member Profiles: Distributors
New School Members
Upcoming 2014-15 Events
Index to Advertisers

BeautyLink - Volume 6, Issue 2