Riverside City College has decided to re-launch its skin care program after receiving an influx of state dollars to be used for technical career education.

The Program

Riverside City College has received an influx of state dollars to be used for its technical career education, which has helped it re-launch its skin care program.

Peter Westbrook, the head of Riverside’s cosmetology department, said: “It’s one of the biggest industries in terms of job growth in the cosmetology area. It was disappointing because we had to turn away many students over the years.”

Westbrook says that the university has received an alarming number of inquiries about skin care courses over the last year, following the closures of Marinello Schools of Beauty’s 56 campuses. “We did receive some students that were displaced by that closure,” he said. He said the college invested some of the $2.9 million of the state funds it received in order to provide its skin-care students with the appropriate equipment.

The course is named “Esthetician,” costs around $4,000 and is a series of “two nine-week classes,” for eight hours per day Monday to Friday. Students in the class are required to pass an exam run by the state before they could become specialists in skin-care. Around 26 people are enrolled so far. The college says it aims for over 100 students per year, which is the number of students that attended the skin care program they previously cancelled.

The students are learning the latest skin care techniques, such as “wet dry microdermabrasion machinery,” that removes dead skin layers. Other techniques include microcurrent treatments, which stimulate muscles in neck and face as well as LED-light therapy, chemical peels and exfoliation.

“These type of treatments help treat the concerns that people have with their skin, not just cover them up,” said the cosmetology instructor, Madeline Bettencourt. “With the correct product use at home, the turnaround time for results is a lot faster.”

They will also be learning the theoretical foundation of sanitation, disinfecting, skin diseases and disorders, product ingredients and physiology & anatomy.

Students On the Program

Breanna Richardson, 21, is one of the 26 people who started taking the class in March. “Everything is so fast,” she said. “For someone who doesn’t have a lot of time like me, it’s great.”

“It’s fun for me when I give them tips and advice on what they can do better,” said Katelynn Hand, an 18-year-old student who is aiming for a business major. “I like helping people and making them feel good about themselves.”

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