Kilkenny-born Lynn Dowling who graduated as a beauty therapist in 2000 and BA in Adult Education in 2013, with her husband, Denis McEvoy, recently bought the Kilkenny College of Beauty Therapy at 4 Patrick Street in our city.
Many positive changes have been made, new courses have been added and there is a great buzz of expectation as professional staff bond with our local community and are always available to outline the extensive range of courses on offer.
Lynn is very proud of her purchase and is delighted to put out the mat of welcome for an open day on February 22, 2pm to 7pm.
“We look forward to meeting old friends, making new ones and
we will be very happy to outline exactly what we do at our college where we are breaking new ground and making great strides every week,”Lynn told The Reporter.
The college, renowned for its high standards, has been renamed The Kilkenny College of Beauty and Sports Therapy.
One of the largest diversity of beauty courses available in the South East, including sports therapy, has just been launched.
Lynn has been involved in the beauty business since 1998 and during that time she has been an expert for the National Skills Beauty Therapy competition and set her sights very high for her students.
At the college, the focus is on offering the highest standards of education. Class groups are small to promote an ideal learning environment.
The college has reached out to salon owners and managers to ask what they seek from graduates.
As a result an exciting new Commercial Salon Course has been developed. This offers an Internationally recognised beauty specialist diploma alongside much sought after qualifications by employers such as lash extensions, lash lift, gel polish, gel nails, threading and spray tan.
These are all taught on site throughout the year. On two days every week in the salon there is a concentration on a programme to build students’ confidence to make graduates as employable as they can possibly be.
Many new qualifications have been introduced to the South East including ITEC lash and brow technology, One stroke, Russian and Tahitian lashes.
The college offers ITEC, CIBTAC and CIDESCO qualifications along with many of its own one-day workshop courses.
Refresher courses have been introduced and also on offer is CPD training for tutors.
A selection of 35 courses are now available on the new college website www.kilkennycbt.com.
Since September, many well known visitors have been welcomed to the college to inspire and educate students with their knowledge.
Guests included Niamh Cleary MUA and nail technician, Inga Balciunaite.
Planned are visits from award-winning nail technician Diana Bedunkeviciute and the hugely respected Melissa Clarke MUA.
Students are very involved in community work and have volunteered for numerous events including a charity fashion show.
Student Hayley Costello who is entering the Kilkenny Rose will be sponsored by the college.
Dedicated and enthusiastic staff include Joanne Quinn Geoghegan, LA Academy, Aisling Nolan and Emer Dowling.
Lynn is so proud to record that she played a role in their training. Caroline Murphy is the new on site lash and brow technician tutor.