Nail Technician Program in Aurora, CO
The Nail Technician program provides specialized training in plain manicures, oil manicures and pedicures. Basic and advanced techniques are taught in acrylic nails, silk wraps, gels, nail art, and paraffin treatments. Proper usage of implements with the sanitation procedures, recognition of nail disorders and the appropriate treatments are incorporated into the curriculum.
Students completing the program will be prepared to take the Colorado State Licensing Exam.
The following certificate may be earned:
Nail Technician Certificate
Instructor Gwyn Laina Dominick
Gwyn Laina Dominick is the Nail Technology instructor who works with students to learn and understand Nail Services, Nail Salons and the future of the Nail Service industry.
Gwyn has taught at Pickens since 2019. Prior to coming to Pickens, Gwyn taught for 11 years with Littleton Public Schools. In Littleton, Gwyn taughts students aged Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade. Gwyn has also been a teacher in Englewood Public Schools, Jeffco Public Schools and has taught in Aurora Public Schools previously.
Gwyn has worked in the Cosmetology industry since 1994. During that time she opened/closed salons, hired/fired employees and served many a client’s hair, skin and nail needs.
K-5 Elementary Education
K-12 Substitute Teacher
CTE teaching credentials for secondary and post-secondary in Personal Care Services
Bachelor’s Degree in Theater from the University of Colorado, Boulder
Gwyn has also studied at Arizona State University, Regis University and Adams State University
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MESSAGE FROM GWYN:
Gwyn feels that Pickens Technical College is an important link to gaining skills to complete in today’s workforce.
Quote: “You get out what you put in.”
Instructor Shirleen Woods
Ms. Woods is a Cosmetology/Nail Technology instructor who works with students to prepare them to take the state exam and gain employment.
Ms. Woods has 30 years teaching in Cosmetology. She taught at Emily Griffith for 10 years, at private schools for 10 years and has taught at Pickens since 2009.
YEARS IN INDUSTRY:
Ms. Woods has been working in the Cosmetology industry since 1976. During that time she has enjoyed working in the salon and using her experiences to help her students navigate the ups and downs of the profession. She enjoys seeing her students become licensed in the Cosmetology/Nail Tech profession. Students of Ms. Woods have won competitions, been successful salon owners and have published in trade magazines.
As a Cosmetologist, Ms. Woods has enjoyed working in many salons from full service hair and nails, skin care as well as specialty hair replacement centers. Ms. Woods is still “doing hair” for a few long time clients.
Secondary and Post-Secondary Personal Care Services (Colorado Department of Education and Community College System)
Electric Nail File
Message from Ms. Woods
Ms. Woods feels that Pickens Technical College is a great place to grow and learn. You will receive workforce readiness training that will prepare you for a profession that you feel awesome about.
Instructor Deborah Vigil
Deborah Vigil is a Cosmetologist Instructor who works with students to help them obtain a current Cosmetology License.
Deborah has taught at Pickens since 2000. She came to Pickens to work nights for the Cosmetology Program. She has also taught at Englewood Beauty College, at Antoin de Chez and also at Aveda for 8 years.
Deborah has worked in the Cosmetology industry since 1974. Deborah is a trained/certified Cosmetologist. She holds advanced certifications and has received awards and honors for her work. Deborah participates in ongoing trainings and is active with Skills USA.
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MESSAGE FROM DEBORAH
Deborah feels that Pickens Technical College is a great place to receive a strong Cosmetology education.