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KC holds Massage and Esthetics information sessions

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 5:30 a.m. CST
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The Kishwaukee College Complementary Health Programs – Therapeutic Massage and Esthetics – will hold information sessions for prospective students the first Wednesday of each month at noon and at 5:30 p.m. in Room B1240. The next information session will be held Sept. 3. Pictured (from left) are Mandi Martin, Esthetics faculty, and Leslie Ciaccio, coordinator of Complementary Health, at one of the new Esthetics classroom’s student workstations in the clinic at Kishwaukee College.

Students interested in pursuing a certificate in Therapeutic Massage or Esthetics at Kishwaukee College can now attend regularly scheduled information sessions on campus the first Wednesday of each month. There will be two sessions available: one at noon and the second at 5:30 p.m., with both sessions meeting in Room B1240 on campus. The next information session will be held Sept. 3.

“The information sessions are a great way for prospective students to learn more about these programs before enrolling,” Leslie Ciaccio, coordinator of the Complementary Health Department that offers the two programs, said in a news release.

Kishwaukee College has offered its successful Therapeutic Massage program for several years. The program is COMTA (Commission On Massage Therapy Accreditation) accredited through 2016 and follows a rigorous 696-hour curriculum which includes classroom instruction as well as extensive hands-on experiences. Students practice massage techniques on each other and, later in the program, on clients who make appointments at the Complementary Health Clinic.

Esthetics is a new program, added to the Complementary Health department this summer. Esthetics focuses on evaluation and care of the skin, going beyond cosmetic appearance to focusing on the skin as an indicator of overall health and well-being.

The first prerequisite class in Esthetics, EST 100 Introduction to Esthetics, is an 8-week course that will be offered from 9 to 11:45 a.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 26 to Oct. 10. A second section will be offered from 5:30 to 8:15 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 21 to Dec. 19. The class is one credit hour.  

For more information on Therapeutic Massage, Esthetics and the information sessions, contact Leslie Ciaccio at 815-825-2086, ext. 2590, or

The fall semester at Kishwaukee College begins Aug. 25; registration is in progress. For more information on enrolling, call New Student Connections at 815-825-2086, ext. 6099, or email or visit

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