Craven Community College’s (Craven CC) Esthetics Technology program is now offering two new services to their public offerings and student certifications: microneedling and dermaplaning. Both services will be provided in the college’s esthetics salon by appointment beginning in March 2023.

“We are incredibly excited about these two new services that now fall within our scope of practice, which will be offered during the second semester of our program,” said Shelby Davis, Esthetics Technology program instructor.

Tim Hamilton, owner of Grace Medical Equipment based out of South Carolina, trained and certified the first group of Craven CC students in microneedling and dermaplaning on March 6. These medical esthetics training courses provide intense, hands-on instruction in high-end skincare treatments, using advanced protocols at the clinical level on live models. He will continue to provide those trainings and certifications, as well as additional ones, each spring for students in the Esthetics Technology program. The North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Arts Examiners established these practices under their scope in July 2022, and Craven CC adopted those services into the program shortly after.

“This opportunity to have advanced, hands-on training and become certified prior to graduation is a great advantage for career placement once the students have taken their state boards,” said Davis. “In addition, our students are now proving these services to our clients, allowing them to perfect a new skill.”

Microneedling is a procedure that uses fine, sterilized needles that lightly puncture the skin to encourage collagen production. Dermaplaning is a non-invasive exfoliating procedure to reveal smoother and healthier skin. Both services help to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and can improve scarring.

Craven CC's Esthetics Technology program provides hands-on experience in the art of skin care, general health and wellness, and basic dermatology. Students receive practical training in basic facials, electrical facials, hair removal, and other custom facial principles. Upon graduating from this program, students are prepared to take the North Carolina Esthetic State Board Licensing Exam and are prepared to enter the workforce immediately.

The program offers services to the public at a reduced cost, allowing students to serve the community and gain hands-on experience under the guidance of top-tier industry professionals. Other services include facials, makeup application, and hair removal.

Information on registering for the program can be located at For more details on booking appointments, visit

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