Sacramento, Calif. — During its April 28 Regular Board Meeting, the Natomas Unified School Board of Trustees approved (5-0) a budget request by NUSD Board Vice President Micah Grant for the district to commit funding for a new Cosmetology Career Technical Education (CTE) pathway for Natomas Unified students.

“I strongly support offering accessible educational pathways so students can support themselves financially after graduation,” said Trustee Grant. “In the era of social media, it’s easy to see how opportunities in cosmetology will continue to expand, and it’s great that NUSD is making this commitment to our students and the community.”

The estimated one-time budget allocation for the new Cosmetology Pathway is $640,000, which will go toward upgrading the selected school site and accommodating new staffing needs. The estimated annual cost to support the program is $335,000. High school students participating in the program will have the opportunity to take introductory courses in barbering and cosmetology. If a student decides to pursue a cosmetology license after graduating, they can attend the NUSD adult school program in cosmetology to earn the credits required to take the state licensing exam.

“This program will further enhance NUSD’s great career pathway opportunities,” added Grant.

Now that the budget allocation has been approved, curriculum details will be presented for approval during the Board’s May 12th regular board meeting.