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Esthetician Program in Aurora, CO

The Esthetician Program provides the student with specialized training in skin care, hair removal, day spa facial and body treatments. Advanced training includes skin care machines, professional make-up, facial massage, exfoliation treatment, aromatherapy, nutrition and health of the skin.

The program includes specialty treatments for problematic skin types, ingredient and product analysis, and salon business. Students may have the opportunity to participate in an internship during their advanced training as an extra elective.

Students successfully completing the program will be prepared to take the Colorado State Agency Licensing Exam. Those students who successfully complete the Esthetician program and are able to complete and document the necessary 600 clock hours of work experience, may be eligible to register for the State Licensing Exam. After receiving State Licensure, students will receive a Pickens certificate for chemical peels and microdermabrasion.

Courses are taught in a set order, and are competency-based, theoretical and practical. Students must complete all coursework with a grade of “C” or better. All clusters must be completed before registering for the state licensing exam. Courses are evaluated by examination and demonstration.




Instructor Yong Keffer

Years Teaching: Since 2003

Teaching Background:
Mrs. Yong began her teaching career at Pickens.

Years in Industry: Since 1991

Industry Background:
Mrs. Yong worked in a salon before teaching at Pickens and continues her salon work since teaching at Pickens.

Certifications and Degrees:

  • Cosmetologist
  • Gell Nail Technician
  • Permanent Makeup Technician
  • Laser Technician
  • Micro Needling Technician
  • Dermaplane Facial Hair Removal Technique
  • Chemical Peel Technician
  • Micodermabrasion Technician
  • Tattoo Removal Technician
  • Body Contour Technician
  • Cidesco Trainee (currently taking classes to become a Cidesco)
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

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