Cosmetology, Nail Tech openings

October 17, 2017 by Anonymous

Start training for your new career as a cosmetologist or nail technician weekdays this spring at Northland Pioneer College locations in Show Low, Winslow or St. Johns.

“This spring, we have openings in our Introduction to Cosmetology course at all three locations, and in our Nail Technician program in Show Low,” said Chloe Reidhead, chair of the cosmetology program. “Enrollment information, including state-mandated required documentation, is available at all three cosmetology centers, or from NPC academic advisers. Applicants should begin the enrollment process early to ensure financial obligations can be met before classes begin on Tuesday, Jan. 9,” she continued. Classes meet Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Winslow Cosmetology will be hosting an open house for individuals interested in learning more about the program on Monday and Tuesday, October 30 and 31, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. They will also be offering moulage makeup (fake wounds, Zombie, temporary hair dye) for Halloween at special prices.

Students needing financial aid to help pay for classes must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For details, contact the NPC Financial Aid Office, (800) 266-7845, ext. 7318, or visit

NPC's programs are geared for either full-time or part-time students. “Our updated programs include safety training, current industry practices, professionalism, required hands-on client hours and preparation for state licensing exams,” explained Reidhead.

The Introduction to Cosmetology 10-credit-hour course provides demonstration and hands-on instruction in all competencies necessary to perform cosmetology services, going beyond the basic hair cutting and styling and covering the areas of manicure, pedicure, tinting, facials, ethics and shop management. The introductory course provides state-mandated 300 hours of cosmetology instruction and is the foundation for other courses required to meet the 1600-hour training requirement for state licensure as a cosmetologist.

Instructor Barbara Hicks demonstrates proper techniques.
Instructor Barbara Hicks (seated, left) demonstrates
proper nail care techniques.

Nail Technician program includes career, life and communication skills, as well as skin structure, growth and nutrition, nail disorder and disease and nail product chemistry. “You'll learn paraffin wax treatments, manicure hand and arm massage, and basic pedicure foot and leg massage,” noted instructor Barbara Hicks. “We cover nail enhancement tips, forms, two-color polymer powders, Gelish polish, soft gel nails and disinfecting techniques. The basics of nail art embellishments will also be covered, including 3-D flower designs using Monomer liquid and powder.”

Cost for the nail technician program, which is not eligible for financial aid, is $2,592. “That includes salon-ready nail and acrylic nail kits, and textbooks, so that once you receive your state license you are ready to go to work,” added Hicks. If attending class full-time, eight hours per day each weekday, “you can complete the program in just four months and be ready to take the state exam in June,” she noted.

Applicants for either program must be at least 16 years old and present a high school diploma, G.E.D. or proof of at least completion of 10th grade. Applicants must also present an Arizona state ID or picture identification and verify their U.S. residency status. The cosmetology centers can provide details about required documentation and testing.

For additional information about NPC’s cosmetology program, contact Chloe Reidhead, (800) 266-7845, ext. 6702, or drop in to NPC’s cosmetology centers in Show Low at 1001 W. Deuce of Clubs; 1400 E. Third St. in Winslow; or 955 W. 13th West in St. Johns. The general public can take advantage of reduced price services, supervised by state-certified instructors, at all three locations.

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