By: Sarah Mitschke | Category: Education | Issue: August 2007
Pictured in the lobby of Clary Sage College is Beckee Hacker, campus director and master instructor.
Established in 1995 by Teresa Knox, chief executive officer, Community Care College offers post-secondary education in a variety of healthcare fields. Its programs for dental, veterinary and medical assistants, pharmacy technicians, surgical technology and more are helping many people achieve their career goals. With the recent establishment of Clary Sage College, a division of Community Care College, students are now able to pursue careers in cosmetology, spa and esthetics in a serene yet revolutionary environment.
Although Clary Sage has had students since February 2006 in a temporary location, construction of its permanent building was recently completed in March. The new facility, located at the Broken Arrow Expressway and Sheridan, offers programs for basic cosmetology, estheticians, nail technicians, massage therapy, master instructors and spa management. Clary Sage strives to provide its students with quality educations, combining classroom instruction and hands-on experience. “We focus on education,” mentions Beckee Hacker, master instructor and campus director for Clary Sage. “We want to supply the community with licensed, experienced professionals.”
Clary Sage is currently accepting students for its nail technician program. The up-and-coming career field is in need of licensed professionals to fill many available employment positions throughout the community. “There is such a demand for nail technicians right now,” says Linda DeWitt, director of career services for Community Care College and Clary Sage College. “We receive calls everyday from employers wanting to hire our graduates.”
With several different class schedules available, the nail technician program can accommodate students’ busy lifestyles. For full-time students, the program can be completed in 20 weeks. For those enrolled part-time, the program can be finished in 30 weeks. Students learn about manicuring, pedicuring, nail repair, artificial nail application, hand and foot massage, as well as nail art. Along with nail techniques, salon development is also taught. Upon completion of the program, students will have obtained enough experience to take the required examination by the Oklahoma State Board of Cosmetology for licensing.
Students in the nail technician program practice techniques.
Clary Sage has implemented the latest technology on its campus. “The focus on technology in the classroom is huge,” Hacker says. “Each classroom has an LCD projector. Also, our computer lab allows students to research the latest trends, products and even design their own virtual salons.”
In conjunction with their classroom hours, students in the nail technician program spend a great deal of time working with real clients in a high-technology salon setting. According to Hacker, students are taught in “salon and spa reality.” In a room with 10 manicure stations, students can apply their classroom knowledge using sterile instruments from the on-site dispensary and a Lanel four-step nail dryer. Students also use the six-station pedicure room, complete with temperature-controlled basins for soaking feet.
Other areas of Clary Sage used by students include: the main hairstyling salon with 47 stations, Freestylist Support System blow dryers and European-style bowls for shampooing, conditioning and scalp massages; a treatment room for chemical services with five additional hairstyling stations; 10 massage rooms with partitions that can be removed for group or couples massages; and an esthetics room with six semi-private and two private rooms for students to learn about and provide waxing services.
“Students really learn how to treat clients,” Hacker says. Students are also given business cards to distribute to their clients, families and friends to begin the networking process in preparation for their careers. “On many occasions, students graduate from our college with an established clientele,” DeWitt mentions.
If you want to release your creative potential and develop an enjoyable career, Clary Sage has a solution. “We can help students find their niche in cosmetology,” Hacker says. Call (918) 298-8200 for more information or visit Clary Sage’s ultra-modern campus at 3131 S. Sheridan in Tulsa. A fulfilling career in cosmetology, spa and esthetics is just around the corner.
Linda DeWitt sits in the Serenity Room, a relaxing, soothing room for clients to enjoy before and after services.