Ribbon cutting scheduled Sept. 2 for SCCC’s new cosmetology facility

(MANCOS/CORTEZ) – Southwest Colorado Community College (SCCC) is celebrating its beautiful new cosmetology facility with the following ribbon-cutting event on Thursday September 2 at 3:30 pm.

The celebration is taking place at Southwest Colorado Community College’s West Campus 33057 Hwy. 160, in Mancos. The public is invited to join new Pueblo Community College President Patty Erjavec in celebrating the modern facility and recently started new program of study at the SCCC’s West Campus here. The event will include refreshments.

This will also be an opportunity to meet the program’s coordinator and instructor, Brenda Maez, who returns after completing her cosmetology training here in the 1970s. She owned and managed her own salon in Cortez for 20 years before becoming a full-time cosmetology instructor in Denver for the last decade.

“This is truly a state-of-the-art facility,” said Maez. “The student desks are wired for laptops, and the pedicure room has two remote control spa chairs. This is really a beautiful teaching and learning environment.”

The program offers students several options to get trained in cosmetology fields. They can obtain an Associate of Applied Science degree, a Cosmetology certificate or a specialized Hairstylist certificate. Students may be eligible for financial aid.

This is the only cosmetology program in southwest Colorado that offers the associate degree option. While earning college credits, students gain skills that make them highly employable in the workforce with the ability to work flexible hours.

Currently, the college offers two part-time programs – a morning option that started at the beginning of the fall semester on Aug. 23 and an evening option that began last May. The program is also projected to add a full-time option, at which time it will have five instructors.

Starting in January, the evening students will start offering services at reduced prices to the public. The services will include haircuts and hairstyling, coloring, permanents, manicures, pedicures and facials. Special pricing for groups will also be available.

For more information about the cosmetology program, call 970.564.6273.


Founded in 1933, Pueblo Community College is a premier teaching institution focused on providing academic and service excellence to help its students acquire the 21st Century skills needed to better their lives. An educational and technological leader, PCC fosters economic development and utilizes strong partnerships in the communities it serves through its Pueblo, Fremont and Southwest Colorado campuses.

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