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New VCC program teaches top trends in nail art and nail enhancements

Posted on June 14, 2021

Manicurist applying nail art with paintbrush

Vancouver Community College (VCC) is pleased to announce a new Nail Technology program designed to meet the rising demand for manicures and pedicures for all genders.

The new, four-month, full-time certificate program will start in September 2021 and is accepting applications now. There are 16 spots available in the first intake and no prior experience is required.

As nail enhancements rise in popularity, so do return customers, as most styles require consistent upkeep.

"Nail spas are recruiting and training employees to keep up with the newest trends,” says VCC Nail Technology program assistant Gabriela Silva Paula. “VCC Nail Technology grades will be industry-ready and have many career choices from working in a busy spa to owning their own businesses."

With social media-fuelled beauty trends spreading faster than ever, nail spa clients are looking for trained technologists to recreate the latest nail enhancements. According to VCC’s industry insiders, for 2021, these include metallic nails, holograph-inspired, double French tip, and even animal prints.

And the jobs don’t stop at neighbourhood nail salons. "There are lots of employment opportunities in the spa industry as a manicure, pedicure, or nail care specialist, but also retail jobs in beauty supply companies or even in the film industry," says Gabriela.

Three manicure trend samples

Additional program options

In addition to VCC’s new full-time Nail Technology program, there is also a part-time program that will run Saturdays from 9 a.m to 4 p.m, and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This flexible schedule is designed students who would like to continue working or have other daytime obligations.

For students and grads from VCC’s Esthetics and Spa Therapy program who have already received a full introduction to manicure, pedicure and gel polish, the Nail Technology certificate is an excellent option for those looking to expand their skills and specialize in nail art and other enhancements.

Apply now for VCC's new Nail Technology program starting this September.