SIC Classes Appeal to Licensed Cosmetology Professionals

July 25, 2013

A pair of cosmetology classes offered this fall at Southeastern Illinois College will provide licensed cosmetologists the opportunity to advance their skills.

The two course offerings – COSN 290 (Advanced Skill Building for Nails) and COSE 290 (Advanced Skill Building for Esthetics) – are each being offered on Monday nights from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the SIC main campus in Harrisburg. 

Barb Williams, a 25 year veteran of the cosmetology and nail technology fields will be teaching the COSN course. Williams  has worked with all major nail lines, holds a master’s status with CND©,  and has pioneered three nail technology education programs, including instruction of the current nail tech course offered at SIC. 

Rhea Korte, current instructor of esthetics at SIC will be providing new information in the COSE course. Korte brings eight years of product knowledge to these classes and has worked extensively with both Repachage© and Derma New®.  She is also a recognized educator for Dermalogica® Med spa product.

“These classes have a dual design, as they provide skill building through hands on experience, as well as continuing education credits for the respective fields,” said Wendy Harris, SIC cosmetology instructor. “We are excited to be able to offer these opportunities to the licensed professionals in our local communities.  Being able to obtain current, relevant education and certifications locally at an affordable rate has been long overdue.”

The esthetics course will offer new product cocktailing concepts, machine use, skin analysis and problem solving. Machine endorsements will be given upon completion of task work required in the esthetics skill building course.

Skill building in nails will be primarily learner driven with a focus on chemical and design concepts, electronics and sanitation practices.  Continuing education units will be given upon completion of each course. Anyone interested in the courses should contact a recruiter at 618-252-5400, ext. 2245 or or Wendy Harris,

Southeastern's cosmetology program now includes a two-semester esthetics program and a popular single-semester nail technology program. SIC’s esthetics program, the study of skin and spa services, is the only one of its kind offered south of St. Louis.  All cosmetology programs fill quickly, so interested students should inquire early.  For more information or clinic hours, visit