New River Community and Technical College is expanding its popular cosmetology program with the addition of a two-semester Certificate in Applied Science in Esthetics. The program is offered only at New River’s Greenbrier Valley Campus in Lewisburg.
Esthetics is a branch of cosmetology that is specific to the care of skin and makeup. It involves beautifying the skin through a variety of techniques, including facials, skin analyzing, makeup artistry, microdermabrasion, facial treatments and skin care regimens.
The esthetics field also includes spa elements for the rest of the body, including aromatherapy, foot reflexology, waxing, eyebrow shaping and eyelash tinting.
Career opportunities in the field include salon esthetician, paramedical esthetician, make-up artist, cosmetics buyer, cosmetics researcher, beauty editor or instructor of esthetics.
New River’s program consists of 30 credit hours of instruction of both theoretical and practical skill development required for licensure by the West Virginia Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists. The program exceeds the 600 clock hours required by the state board.
Licensing or certification exams are independent of graduation requirements. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible to sit for the examination administered by the state board, provided all eligibility requirements are met.
Last year New River introduced its Associate of Applied Science Program in Cosmetology consisting of 58 credit hours of instruction in both theoretical and practical skill development required for licensure by the West Virginia Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists. An additional 15 hours of general studies courses are required to complete the degree program.
The college also offers a Nail Care Technician Certificate Program consisting of 18 credit hours of instruction in both theoretical and practical skill development (400 hours) required for licensure by the West Virginia Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists.
Students in these programs must have a high school diploma or equivalent (GED). They are eligible for federal financial aid. Applicants are being interviewed now for acceptance into these programs for the fall 2013 term.
Formore information or to schedule an interview, contact Lisa Carter, program director, at 304-793-3009.