HAYWOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE

185 FREEDLANDER DRIVE

CLYDE, NORTH CAROLINA 28721

CONTACT: DEBBIE DAVIS

OR DIANA CONARD

PHONE: 627-4521

DATE: 07-27-04

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HCC ESTHETICS TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM TO OFFER WEEKEND CLASSES FOR FALL SEMESTER 2004

Haywood Community College will offer classes in esthetics technology program during weekend sessions for fall semester 2004. The number of students in these classes was limited for fall semester 2004 due to a lack of space. As a result, the classes have filled and the weekend sessions will accommodate any new interested students.

According to Deborah Ball, Chair of Cosmetic Arts, esthetics is the number one growing phase in the cosmetology industry nationwide. "We have a hundred percent pass rate at state board," Ball said. "There were five students that graduated in this program in the spring and all had secured jobs before taking state boards."

Through the HCC esthetic technology program at HCC, students learn the hands-on fundamentals associated with the art of skin care through competency-based knowledge and scientific/artistic principles. The curriculum provides a simulated salon environment that enables students to develop manipulative skills. Course work includes instruction in all phases of professional esthetics technology, business/human relations, product knowledge, and other related topics. Graduates should be prepared to take the NC Cosmetology State Board Licensing Exam and upon passing, be licensed and qualify for employment in beauty and cosmetic/skin care salons, as a platform artist, and in related business.

Ball said people call all the time requesting graduates of the program from plastic surgeons and dermatologists to spas and salons. Due to the rising interest in the program, new students are still being accepted for fall semester 2004, as well as spring 2005.

Gail Hensley, who is a 2003 graduate of the HCC cosmetology program, teaches classes in the esthetics technology program. Hensley has been an instructor in the cosmetology department since 1994 and an esthetics instructor since 2003. This semester, the esthetic technology classes will be using the Pivot Point Curriculum that was released this spring. Both Hensley and Ball attended Pivot Point classes.

"This is the top of the line in cosmetology and esthetic education," Ball explained. "The program shows dedication and commitment to education."

Pivot Point is a corporation consisting of four cosmetology research centers and a network of Member Schools and graduate centers in over 50 countries. Its aim is to train craftspeople to elevate their skills to a higher level of artistic creativity. Pivot Point teaches designers to analyze, envision, and plan their work. For 40 years, it has created successful careers for thousands of artists of hair design and is one of the most respected leaders in hair and beauty education.

The esthetic technology weekend classes will meet on Fridays from 4 p.m. to 5:50 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10:50 p.m. On Saturdays, classes will be from 8 a.m. until 4:50 p.m. and on Sundays, classes will meet from 2 p.m. until 6:50 p.m.

Regular registration for fall semester 2004 is Wednesday, August 11 and Thursday, August 12 from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Classes for fall semester begin on Monday, August 16 and the drop-add period will run August 13 through 17. For additional information about HCC’s esthetics technology program and how you can enroll, contact HCC’s Office of Student Services at 627-4500 or 1-866-Go To HCC, or visit www.haywood.edu on the Internet.

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