Northwest’s Ashland center expands cosmetology programs

    Northwest Mississippi Community College’s cosmetology program at the Benton County/NWCC Vo-Tech Center in Ashland recently expanded its program to include a course in esthetics, according to Glenda Honeycutt, instructor.

    Esthetics is the study of the skin. “The program provides the student with the knowledge of the professional way of caring for people, sanitation and safety,” Honeycutt said.

    The course is a 15-week program that consists of 600 hours of instruction. Because it takes less time for the course, it gives students the advantage of beginning a career in a shorter amount of time.

    According to Honeycutt, the study of esthetics is the fastest growing area in the cosmetology program. “The demand for spa services has increased at a rate of about 78 percent over the past few years,” Honeycutt said. She added that estheticians have historically worked in spas, hotels or dermatologists offices. “Now you can find them in many other medical clinics, hospitals and rehabilitation centers,” Honeycutt said. She explained that there are two directions in which a student who completes the program can go–in the spa setting or in the medical setting. “It can also be beneficial to a student who plans to study nursing and wants to get into the healthcare field,” Honeycutt added.

    In addition to esthetics, the center is only one of two Northwest campuses that offers the nail technician option in the cosmetology program. The nail technician program prepares individuals to care for nails with emphasis on hygiene, sanitation, customer relations and salon management. The nine-week program consists of 350 hours of instruction, which also give students the advantage of beginning their career in a shorter amount of time.

    “The program is great in caring for people, but it is also great for those students who are artistic, because of all the new technology that has been incorporated into nail enhancement. It kind of allows students to use their talents, from being subtle to as extravagant as they want to be,” Honeycutt said. She said that nail services have been added in spa settings in a lot of hair salons, as it brings more income in due to its popularity.

    Both of the programs are licensed under cosmetology, which is governed by the Mississippi State Board of Cosmetology and approved by the state department of health and welfare.

    To apply for these programs, students must apply for admission to the college and meet all requirements. Information can be found in the 2013-2014 College Bulletin, which can be found online at under the “Future Students” Tab on the home page. The classes will be offered in the fall and the spring.

    For more information, contact Honeycutt at (662) 224-8999 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

    Pictured: Northwest Mississippi Community College Ashland Center cosmetology instructor Glenda Honeycutt, left, demonstrates a facial scrub technique on student Cyndi Burks of  Hickory Flat using the college’s spa facial machine as student Taunisha Cox of Ripley looks on. (Photo by Justin Ford)