Rep. Ryu online learning bill passes the House

Saturday, January 28, 2012

The state House of Representatives today unanimously agreed with state Rep. Cindy Ryu that online learning opportunities would greatly expand college and job opportunities for Washingtonians who are considering careers in cosmetology, barbering and related fields.

“Fields like cosmetology and manicuring are perfect examples of how the Internet could help students get through college coursework and into jobs more quickly,” said Ryu (D-Shoreline). “It could help students with work and family commitments to earn degrees more quickly, reduce travel time and costs, and greatly expand opportunities for people living in rural areas.”

Ryu’s House Bill 2242 directs the department of licensing to develop rules for incorporating online learning in cosmetology, manicuring, barbering, esthetics, and instructor-training. However, it imposes no mandates on colleges and would not affect rigorous state requirements for hands-on training.

According to Jerry Ahern, Vice President of Education for Gene Juarez Salons and Spas, giving students the flexibility to do coursework during weekends and other times when classes are not scheduled would allow them to complete their training in nine or 10 months instead of the current 12 to 14 months.

The bill now moves to the Senate for further consideration.


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