Program to host open house

New CNCC cosmetology students get ready for customers

CNCC is inviting the Craig community to a grand opening for its cosmetology salon this Saturday at 1280 Industrial Ave.

The facility is where cosmetology and nail technician courses that CNCC-Craig will be offering for the first time this semester are taught.

The event will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is open to all.

A "regular workday" will be on display for those who visit, program coordinator Tracy Caddy said.

"We're going to have all our stuff displayed, and students will be working on mannequins for some of their state board requirements," she said. "We'll be completely open to the public. Everyone will be able to see what the students are doing in the courses."

There will also be instructors on hand to answer questions and information on how people can join the program will be available.

Reservations for hair and beauty appointments will be taken and refreshments will be served, Caddy said.

Caddy said the CNCC-Craig program has its students working in a fully functional, customer-orientated salon the facility.

An instructor supervises the students while working on customers, similar to how a teaching hospital allows interns, under the tutelage of the staff doctors, to work on actual patients to complete their education.

The program covers haircuts, hair coloring and styling, manicures, pedicures, facials and acrylic nails.

Caddy said the program has so far been very successful.

"We've been doing great our full-time students are ready to work on clients full time; they've passed the requirements and are ready to work," she said. "They're ready to offer all of our services to clients, and earn their hours to fulfill their (certification) requirements.

"The full-time student will now be doing an hour of theory work everyday and the rest of the day do hands-on training."

Caddy said she plans to take the program towards spa services and techniques, such as skin care and massage therapy.

The future of the program will be an expansion into full-body massage, wraps, and other spa services, including training for estheticians, or skin specialists.

The first class was held Feb. 18, and CNCC has nine full-time and five part-time cosmetology students, and four full-time and five part-time nail technician students registered.

Each program has a maximum capacity of 20 students.

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