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Cosmetology Program in Aurora, CO

The Cosmetology program provides training in hair, skin and nails. Classes will be held between 4 and 7 hours daily on a year-round basis in order to meet the state requirement for completion. Training during the first semester is an introduction to all subject areas and is achieved through theoretical learning in the classroom and hands-on learning in the laboratory setting. Intermediate and advanced training is the combination of theory pertaining to cosmetology and clinical training which is achieved through a clinical set-up with students working on patrons and/or mannequins. Students may have the opportunity to participate in an internship during their advanced training as an extra elective.

Note: Colorado State Agency requires a minimum of 60 credit hours and/or 1800 clock hours. Upon successful program completion, a student may be eligible to register for the State Licensing Exam.

Courses are taught sequentially, and build a student’s framework of skills through competency-based, theoretical instruction. Students must complete all coursework with a grade of “C” or better and all clusters must be completed before registering for the state licensing exam. Courses are evaluated through class participation and examination.




Cosmetology is also offered as an evening program.

Ramona Clyncke, Director of Cosmetology Occupations

Ramona Clyncke is the Assistant Director of Cosmetology Occupations.

Years Teaching: Since 2000

Teaching Background:
Mrs. Clyncke came to Pickens in 2018. Prior to that, Mrs. Clyncke taught for 10 years at Boulder Technical Education Center as a cosmetology instructor and for 9 years at the the St. Vrain Valley School District.

Years in Industry: Since 1985

Industry Background:
Mrs. Clyncke has owned a salon, and has worked and managed several others. Additionally, she has rented a booth at an upper scale salon. She supplied her own products and set her own hours.

Certifications and Degrees:

  • Cosmetology License
  • Secondary and Post-Secondary Professional Teaching License in Personal Care Services.
  • Microdermabrasion Certificate
  • Medicool Electric Files
  • Training in Matrix, Pravana, Kenra, and Schwarzkopf International color lines
  • Skin Care Certifications from Sanitas
  • Alexandria Body Sugaring Wax Applications Certified
Laurie Murdoch, Instructor and Assistant Director

Years Teaching: Since 2013.

Years in Industry: Since 1984

Industry Background:
Mrs. Murdoch has owned her own salon, and has worked for hair color manufacturers. Mrs. Murdoch has a wide variety of knowledge and experience and is certified in Cosmetology in 5 states!

Teaching Background:
Mrs Murdoch has taught at Pickens since 2019. She came to Pickens from Emily Griffith Technical College, where she served as the Instructional Specialist for the Cosmetology program for 6 years.

Certifications and Degrees:

  • Hair Coloring
  • Acrylic Nails
  • Advanced Skin Techniques
  • Cosmetology
Debbie Daniels, Night Instructor

Mrs. Daniels enjoys cosmetology because she sees the importance of being able to connect with people. She says, “You can turn a bad day for them into a great one by making them look good and feel good about themselves.” Mrs. Daniels enjoys teaching because she likes being with the new students and getting them excited about all the opportunities they have in this industry. Mrs. Daniels also enjoys getting new students a strong start towards earning their cosmetology license.

Years Teaching: Since 2019

Teaching Background:
Mrs. Daniels has been teaching at Pickens for the past 6 months.

Years in Industry: 34 years

Industry Background:
Mrs. Daniels owns her own salon. She works at the salon during the day and teaches at Pickens in the evening.

Degrees and Certifications:

  • Licensed Cosmotologist from the Michael Taylor Institute of Hair Design
Gwyn Laina Dominick, Instructor

Years Teaching: Since 2008

Teaching Background:
Gwyn spent 11 years with Littleton Public Schools before coming to Pickens in 2019. Previous to that, Gwyn taught in Englewood Public Schools and Jeffco Public Schools.

Years in Industry: Since 1994.

Industry Background:
Gwyn has opened/closed salons, hired/fired employees and worked with hair, skin and nails.

Certifications and Degrees:

  • K-5 Elementary Education
  • K-12 Substitute Teacher
  • Licensed Cosmetologist
  • CTE teaching credentials for secondary and post-secondary in Personal Care Services
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Theater from the University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Studied at Arizona State University, Regis University and Adams State University
Sonja Giles, Night Instructor

Years Teaching: Since 2018

Teaching Background:
Sonja was a student at Pickens years ago. Sonja feels the education she received at Pickens was very strong and she wants to make sure other Cosmetology students also get a great education.

Years in Industry: Since 1985

Industry Background:
Sonja has worked as an active stylist and she also opened her own salon.

Certifications and Degrees:

  • Licensed Cosmetologist
  • Sonja is certified both as a Secondary and as a Post Secondary Personal Care Services Instructor
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Brian Sanderson

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Mona Lockhart

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Maria Romero

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Breigh Wareiczuk

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Dawn Pappas

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