After its short history of three years, the esthetics technology program at Craven Community College (CCC) is already in need of expanded spa and classroom areas. In addition to the success of the program itself, the prospects of a career as a skin care specialist is contributing to the program’s expansion. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, skin care jobs are expected to grow 40 percent, which is much faster than the average 11 percent growth rate of all occupations. The certificate program is also now fully approved to offer Federal Pell Grant financial aid for qualified students.
“Everyone at Craven has been committed to grow this program and I am especially grateful for cosmetology instructor Patricia Batten’s support and help,” said Shelby Miller, esthetics instructor. Miller draws on her own success as a seasoned salon owner to prepare students for state licensure exams and for success in their new careers. Miller said teaming up with industry, such as leading professional skin care company Dermalogica, Inc., and local businesses to expose students to best practices, professional skin care products, and emerging techniques are key factors to student success.
CCC’s 600-hour esthetics technology program prepares students for jobs in health and beauty salons, dermatology and other medical offices. Students will gain knowledge and hands-on experience in the art of skin care, including electrical facials, basic facials, hair removal, and many custom facial principles. Students will learn about general health and wellness, cosmetics, basic dermatology, and chemistry and anatomy as it relates to the profession.
“The esthetics technology program has proven to be a highly successful addition to our cosmetology department,” said Jim Millard, dean of career programs. Millard said in its first three years of existence, the program has experienced a 97% completion rate and a 79% job placement rate. “The experience, mentoring, and hands-on approach taken by Batten and Miller with our students has helped make this program successful,” said Millard.
Already prepared and confident in her new career is May 2014 graduate Heather Turner. Turner is opening a new skin care business this week at the Touch of New York Salon on Trent Road in New Bern, N.C. “I’m nervous to start a new career and a new business, but I feel that I am very well prepared,” said Turner. Turner moved to the area last year with her husband, who serves in the U.S. Marine Corps. Turner has worked as an accounts receivables professional for the past 18 years, but was always interested in skin care. “With our move from San Diego, Ca., I took the opportunity to go back to school and I’m very happy I did,” said Turner.
Esthetics and cosmetology program applications are now being accepted for fall 2014. For more information, applications and deadlines, visit www.CravenCC.edu, or contact Patricia Batten at email@example.com.
Deborah Kania is the director of marketing, communications and development liaison at Craven Community College.
Article originally appeared in the New Bern Sun Journal.