NSCC’s Culinary & Cosmetology Programs Moving to Middleton


North Shore Community College will relocate its Culinary Arts and Cosmetology programs to the North Shore Business Center in Middleton this October.  The location, the former North Shore Vocational Technical School, will be a temporary solution to the college’s space problem and college officials will continue to seek a permanent home for the programs.

Applications are now being accepted for both programs, with culinary classes to begin in September and cosmetology courses to begin in Middleton on October 15. Those interested in pursuing careers in these fields should contact Loreen Tirrell for culinary arts at ltirrell@northshore.edu or Jennifer Kirk for cosmetology at jkirk@northshore.edu.

“We are pleased to have found a location that will allow us to continue offering these two important workforce development programs to the North Shore community,” said NSCC President Patricia Gentile. “There is demand for skilled workers in both areas and we are glad we will be able to resume preparing students for these careers.”

The relocation of the programs is necessitated by the construction of the new Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical High School which is slated to open this September. Finding appropriate space for the programs is particularly challenging due to the significant space and equipment demands and associated costs. NSCC incorporated the programs from Essex Aggie in 1998, when county government was abolished in Massachusetts.

College officials continue to work with the state’s Division of Capital Asset Management to review Request for Proposals (RFP) received for a permanent location. President Gentile noted, “We will continue to explore all our options and hope to identify a permanent solution, ideally in Lynn, but the setting will be dictated by finding appropriate, cost effective space.”

NSCC’s Cosmetology Program is a 1,000 clock-hour program and is regulated by the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Cosmetologists.

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