Education feature: CCC spa gives hands-on experience

CNJ staff photo: Emily Crowe Cosmetology student Vicki Garcia prepares to wax fellow student Megan Silvers’ eyebrows. Both students graduated from the program Wednesday and have plans to work at local salons.

CNJ staff photo: Emily Crowe
Cosmetology student Vicki Garcia prepares to wax fellow student Megan Silvers’ eyebrows. Both students graduated from the program Wednesday and have plans to work at local salons.

By Emily Crowe
CNJ staff writer
ecrowe@cnjonline.com

Lucinda Lucero was a nursing student at Clovis Community College last year, and often visited the school’s esthetics spa to relax and unwind with a facial or spa treatment.

This year, she is a student in the esthetics program, and is learning the ins and outs of skin care, body treatments, makeup application, waxing services and performing facials.

The program is two semesters and allows students to practice and perfect their craft on community members who come in for treatments.

Instructor Vicky Richardson said people are generally surprised at how affordable their services are.

“We take pride in what we do,” said student Dawn Mcachren, who plans to attend a laser esthetics class and become a travel esthetician.

The college’s cosmetology students also get hands-on training in their clinic.

Melanie Lotz, cosmetology instructor and head of the cosmetology clinic, said the cosmetology program at the college consists of three phases spaced over 16 months, or four semesters of study.

According to Lotz, phase one students must learn anatomy, physiology, chemistry and electricity basics before getting hands-on with clients.

“The students that are out on the floor are phase two and phase three,” Lotz said. “They’re the ones that have already learned basic bookwork.”

Student cosmetologists offer services to the public ranging from hair cuts, styles and color to waxing, manicures and pedicures.

The cosmetology program graduated 10 students Wednesday, most of whom have already secured post-graduation jobs at salons throughout town.

“Every day is different,” said cosmetology graduate Megan deMaio. “Every day you come in you do something different. No client really wants the same thing.”

Both the esthetics spa and cosmetology clinic will reopen for customers at the beginning of CCC’s spring semester on Jan. 16.