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Bucks County Community College, technical school partner on esthetics program

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Bucks County Community College and Upper Bucks County Technical School (UBCTS) have formed the first partnership in the institutions’ history, teaming up to introduce an esthetics program for adults as well as high school seniors who are interested in pursuing a career in the field of esthetics.

An online information session will be held 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18 to provide details about the program as well as potential student funding opportunities.

“Given the rapidly growing demand by Bucks County employers for workforce training and the national growth rate for the beauty services industry projected as high as 19% by 2030, we see this program as a natural collaboration with Bucks County Community College,” said Dr. Michael Herrera, executive director, Upper Bucks County Technical School.

The esthetics program, which will be administered by Bucks County Community College and held at Upper Bucks County Technical School, will cover a wide range of topics including skincare techniques, makeup application, waxing, facial treatments and more. Students will receive in-depth instruction and hands-on training in a modern esthetics lab simulating salon environments and equipped with the latest skincare technology and products. The program will be led by experienced instructors with a passion for esthetics and a dedication to student success through mentorship, career guidance and job placement assistance. Graduates of the program will have the knowledge base and skills to successfully complete the state licensing exam.

“This partnership represents a significant step forward in enhancing the educational and career opportunities available to students,” said Donna Kirn, executive director of community education and professional certification at Bucks County Community College. “It aligns perfectly with the college’s and UBCTS’s commitment to preparing students for a successful future and contributing to the local workforce by offering industry-relevant programs.”

Classes will be held Monday through Thursday from 6-9 p.m. beginning Jan. 16 and running through June 20, at the UBCTS Bedminster Township campus located at 3115 Ridge Road, Perkasie.

Through the state-funded Aim and Attain Grant awarded to the Bucks County Department of Workforce and Economic Development, individuals who were previously enrolled in a degree or certificate program and were unable to complete it between 2021 and 2023 may be eligible to participate in the esthetics program at no cost. For information on Aim and Attain eligibility, visitbucks.edu/payment/aid/near-completer-grant/.

To learn more about the Dec. 18 online information session, call 215-968-8409 or email Veronica.drumm@bucks.edu.


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