December 20, 2011


NACC Expands Programs in Cosmetology and Massage

Northeast Alabama Community College President Dr. David Campbell recently announced that the college will offer a new certificate and degree program starting in January 2012. The new Associate in Applied Science (AAS) and certificate in Salon and Spa Management was recently approved by the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education and the Alabama Commission on Higher Education. Options within the program include therapeutic massage, cosmetology, and esthetics.

The college’s cosmetology program, taught by instructors Julise Clement and Regina Gilliland, trains students to care for hair, skin and nails. Upon completion of the program, students may become licensed by the Alabama Board of Cosmetology.

Therapeutic massage is taught by Juli Roden and Debra Sewell. More than just a relaxation massage, therapeutic massage involves manipulation of the muscles and tissues to alleviate pain, stress and discomfort. Students who successfully complete the program may be licensed by the Alabama Board of Massage Therapy.

Northeast’s Salon and Spa Management program is the first of its kind in the state, according to Dr. Mike Kennamer, Director of Workforce Development at NACC. “Since the vast majority of students in cosmetology and massage therapy desire to start their own business at some point in the future, we have built business and entrepreneurial courses into the curriculum,” stated Kennamer. “Our goal is to give our students the tools necessary to be successful in their future endeavors.”

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of massage therapists is expected to grow by 13% in Alabama and 19% nationally between 2008 and 2018. Employment of cosmetologists is expected to grow by 20% nationally and by 12% in Alabama during the same time period.

The program, which was developed in response to requests from the community, will be housed in the college’s recently expanded Salon Institute, located at 105 Liberty Lane in Scottsboro across from Western Sizzlin’ Restaurant. This state-of-the-art facility currently houses the college’s successful cosmetology program, which includes a full-service salon that is open to the public. A recent expansion increased the size of the facility from 5,600 square feet to 9,800 square feet in order to provide space for therapeutic massage and a comprehensive cosmetology curriculum that includes nail technology, esthetics, and hair.

“We are pleased to offer this program,” Dr. Campbell stated. “In addition to course work in their field of training, those who complete the associate degree program will be taught information on running a business. We also hope that anyone interested stops by our Salon Institute. I think visitors will be impressed with how nice and modern a facility it is. Mrs. Clement in particular has done a great job in designing and decorating the Salon Institute.”

Registration is Wednesday, January 4 and Thursday, January 5. Classes begin Friday, January 6.

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. For more information on this or any of the college’s programs, call the college’s Office of Workforce Development at extension *2254 or the Admissions Office at ext. *2222 or *2325. Download our free app from Apple’s App Store or go to

To make an appointment for hair, skin or nail services, call the Salon Institute at (256) 259-1512.


Therapeutic Massage instructor Juli Roden demonstrates massage techniques in one of the massage therapy rooms located at the NACC Salon Institute in Scottsboro.