June 11, 2009


NACC Cosmetology Students Win Seven Medals at State Skills/USA Competition

Northeast Alabama Community College Cosmetology students recently competed at the State SkillsUSA Competition, participating in cosmetology, nail technology, esthetics (skin therapy), and the Cosmetology Quiz Bowl. This competition allows students to demonstrate their skills and receive recognition from the state level. The students were awarded seven medals in four divisions.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. It is a nonprofit organization serving teachers preparing for careers in the workforce and provides State and National competitions which allow students to showcase their skills.

“We are proud of all of our students at the NACC Salon Institute,” said Julise Clement, Director of the NACC Salon Institute. “We are especially proud of the students that went above and beyond competing at the State Conference and for those who will be representing NACC at the National Conference.”

All first place winners will go on to participate in the National Skills competition on June 22-27 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Crystal Jones Cornelius (first place) will represent NACC and the State of Alabama in cosmetology. In the cosmetology competition, students demonstrate skills in haircutting, hair styling and long hair design in four separate tests. Contestants recreate two women’s and one men’s trend haircut and styles from a finished photo. A display of creativity is seen in the long hair segment of the competition through color and an “up-do” hair design where these future salon professionals demonstrate their skills. A parade finale closes the contest with each state’s contestant walking across the stage with their completed mannequins to present to the audience.

Kelly Guinn (first place) and her model Brittney Butler will represent NACC and the State of Alabama in nail technology. The purpose of the nail care competition is to evaluate each contestant’s preparation for employment and to recognize outstanding students’ excellence and professionalism in the field of nail technology. The contest consists of six separate segments; oral communication skills, acrylic application, tip and wrap application, nail polish application, nail art and a written exam. The written exam tests basic knowledge of proper sanitation, chemical safety, salon procedures, etc. The practical applications evaluate the contestant’s ability to perform the most common nail services in the salon today.

The Cosmetology Quiz Bowl tests knowledge in cosmetology covering hair, skin and nails from the Mylady textbook. In the esthetics competition students are tested on their knowledge of skin care including identifying and diagnosing skin conditions, massage, basic facials, proper sterilization and sanitation procedures as well as the application of both day and evening makeup.

“As teachers,” continued Clement, “Mrs. Gilliland and I participate in SkillsUSA because we support the leadership, values, and beliefs of the student organization and the opportunities it provides.” The SkillsUSA Creed states: I believe in the dignity of work; I believe in the American way of life; I believe in education; I believe in fair play; I believe satisfaction is achieved by good work; I believe in high moral and spiritual standards.

For additional information on the Cosmetology Program at NACC, or the Salon Institute, contact Julise Clement at 259-1512 or visit the ultra modern, state-of-the-art facility at 105 Liberty Lane in Scottsboro. The Salon Institute is open on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 8 am until 3 pm and on Thursday from 8 am until 8 pm. Call today for an exciting career in hair, skin, and nails, or for an appointment. For college admission information, see Admissions.

At the Alabama Skills/USA competition are Brittney Spillman, esthetics model; Jennifer Owen (second place), esthetics contestant; Ashley Jackson, men’s hair design; Christy Shavers (first place), Dakota Schuelke (first place), Hannah Smith, (first place), and Alyssa Headrick (first place), Cosmetology Quiz Bowl Team; Crystal Jones Cornelius (first place), cosmetology; Kelly Guinn, (first place) nail technology; and Brittney Butler, nail model.