Cosmetology courses begin in Englewood

District launches program with skin-care classes, more

Tom Munds
Instructor Michelle Hickey checks out one of the pieces of equipment that Englewood students will use when the new cosmetology program’s classes on skin care begin in February. Students can take 600 hours of instruction in skin and nail care through July to prepare to complete the state test in order to earn the license they need to go to work at a salon.
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Twenty-three girls are currently enrolled for esthetician classes, making for a successful partial rollout of Englewood School District’s new cosmetology program that is being offered by the high school.

Instructor Michelle Hickey said classes begin Feb. 3 and the course of study will be about caring for a client’s skin and nails.

“We have a full (enrollment) for the initial classes,” Hickey said. “For those who look at this as career training, the course of study involves 600 hours of instruction. … The students will learn to do facials, chemical peels and to properly apply makeup so they can pass the state tests for the licenses they need in order to go to work in a salon.”

Students pay a $220 fee to take the class, which runs through July 31. That fee covers their book, an equipment kit they get to keep and their uniforms. Hickey said all of the program instruction allows for students to meet state standards.

“For example, we know that every girl in the class applies makeup,” Hickey said. “We also know we’ll have to teach them to abandon the way they apply makeup so we can teach them the way it is to be done to comply with the stringent state standards.”

Students will get to use all new equipment and enjoy shiny new workstations located at Englewood Middle School, which in January 2015 will become Colorado’s Finest Alternative High School. There are separate stations for evaluating skin condition and to do manicures and pedicures. Also in the school is the area where, in the fall, students will be taught how to cut and style hair.

There are more than 100 students signed up for the August cosmetology program. Hickey said there will be a class that is part of the two-year program for students to complete the requirements and pass the tests to earn their license. There will also be two other stand-alone classes, one focusing on skin care and one on nail treatment.
“There is huge interest in the program,” the instructor said. “For example, about 90 percent of the students in the February class want to take additional classes in the cosmetology program.”

Hickey completed a two-year high school cosmetology program at Boulder Vocational and Technical School and received her cosmetology license in November 1999.
She worked in a salon for two years before returning to her alma mater to teach cosmetology. She was at the Boulder school for five years before accepting the Englewood teaching position.

“It is special to be the one to launch a new cosmetology program,” she said. “The equipment is all new and up to date plus I was able to organize everything, including the products we’ll use in class, the way I want it.”