Asnuntuck’s Dean of Workforce Development and Continuing Education, Eileen Peltier, hosted a recent episode of “Changing Lives.”  Her guests were Kelly Krivacs, ACC’s Esthetics Instructor; Dana Diamond, who took both Basic and Advanced Esthetics at Asnuntuck; and Jess Poirier, ACC Continuing Education Coordinator.  

Krivacs shared information regarding the college’s Basic and Advanced Skin Esthetics program. She reminded viewers that esthetics should not be associated only with improving one’s appearance. The expert said that skin is the largest human organ and taking care of it can offer positive health benefits. Students who train to be an esthetician will provide skin treatments, hair removal and other procedures to their clients, and can work in a variety of settings including spas, salons and doctors’ offices.

Asnuntuck Community College is a Dermalogica partnership school. Students perform services on each other as well as on the public in Asnuntuck’s supervised spa clinic setting. According to Krivacs this 3-month program, with 150 hours of classroom instruction and 200 hours of clinical instruction, meets all requirements for students wishing to apply for a Massachusetts Esthetics license. Currently Connecticut does not require Estheticians to be licensed.

Poirier shared that payment plans and loans are available to students interested in pursuing this program.

Contact Jessica Poirier at or 860-253-3066 for more information.

Asnuntuck’s “Changing Lives” program is produced by volunteers and airs on PATV 15 on Thursdays at 8 p.m. and Fridays at 11 a.m. It can also be viewed online by going to the website – Asnuntuck Changing Lives or visit

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