Get a career in less than a year

Upcoming Start DatesBuilding Trades - August 22nd, October 3rd • Business Operations - August 8th, October 3rd • Nicholasville Cosmetology - July 25th, August 8th, August 22nd • Nicholasville Nail Technician - July 25th, August 22nd • Winchester Cosmetology - July 27th, August 10th, August 24th • Winchester Nail Technician - July 26th, August 23rd •

What Program is Right for You?

Building trades HVAC student in hands on work

Building Trades Technician

HVAC, Carpentry, Plumbing, Electrical

Business Operations Student at the computer

Business Operations

Office Admin, Records, Bookkeeping

Cosmetology student washing a client's hair

Cosmetology

Hair, Makeup, Nails, Waxing, Skincare

Cosmetology Apprentice Instructor Teaching Students

Cosmetology Apprentice Instructor

Train to Teach Cosmetology Students

Professional medical worker giving therapy treatment to patient

Medical Massage Therapy

Ready for Massage Therapists

Student giving a client a pedicure

Nail Technician

Become a licensed nail technician

No Application Fee

Career Services Included

Accredited Programs

Childcare Available

(Lexington Location)

Students Perform hair services at our college salon

College Salon at Our Winchester Campus

Book an Appointment at The College Salon

Our cosmetology students are ready to provide hair, makeup, waxing, facials and nail services. All are supervised by a licensed cosmetologist and it helps our students fulfill their hours requirement for licensure.

Salon hours are Tue - Fri 10:30 am - 3:30 pm, Sat 9:30 am - 3:30pm and the prices are discounted.

Career Readiness

In partnership with Bluegrass Career Services, students in every program receive career readiness training during their time with the college. Services include:

Career Readiness Classes

Application Assistance

Job Search Assistance

Career Planning

Practice Interviews

Lifelong Assistance

The History of the College of Technical Education

  • The Center for Training and Employment, now known as the College for Technical Education, was opened in February 1997 in the Woodhill Center.

  • In October 2000, Employment Solutions purchased the Gainesway Shopping Center at 1165 Centre Parkway.

  • In February 2001 the College for Technical Education, Bluegrass Career Services, and Employment Solutions Personnel relocated to the Gainesway Shopping Center.

  • In 2006 the College for Technical Education received its full accreditation through the Council on Occupational Education.

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We take pride in providing students with education and training that is affordable, practical and leads to employment. The faculty and staff are here to help you become successful. All we ask in return is that you do your best and that you believe in yourself!

Financial Aid

*available to those who qualify

Making the decision to go to college can be stressful. Meeting with our Financial Aid office to discuss our various methods of payment can help you. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to establish eligibility for federal financial aid. If you qualify, funding may include Pell Grants, subsidized and unsubsidized federal student loans.

Frequent Enrollment

CTE utilizes a rotational admissions process, enroll today because your program may begin in as little as two weeks! The Cosmetology program may have classes starting each week. Your class start may vary depending on class rotation and finalization of Financial Aid/Payment arrangements. Graduation ceremonies are held semi-annually.

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Do you have questions about a particular program? Wondering if CTE is right for you? Please contact us below and we'll be in touch to answer any question you may have!

The College for Technical Education, at 1165 Centre Parkway, Lexington is applying for reaffirmation of accreditation with the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education. Persons wishing to make comments should write to the Executive Director of the Commission, Council on Occupational Education, 7840 Roswell Road, Bldg. 300, Suite 325, Atlanta, GA 30350. Persons making comments must provide their names and mailing addresses.