Cosmo program gets new coordinator

Aug 18, 2017

An instructor at ACTC began the fall semester with new duties.

Mourine Smith is the new interim cosmetology program coordinator, following the retirement of Belinda Bradley.

Smith, a resident of Morehead, received her diploma in cosmetology from Somerset Community and Technical College in 2008, as well as an Associates in Applied Science degree in 2011. She then completed student teaching in cosmetology at ACTC.

“A few duties that I have to fulfil day-to-day are supervising the students on the clinic floor with their practical work as well as theory work,” Smith said. “Monitoring students’ hours daily and recording them to the state board monthly. I also have to make sure that our cosmetology program is in compliance with not only ACTC rules and regulations, but our Kentucky Board of Hairdressers rules and regulations and laws.”

Smith also supervises students with client services, as cosmetology students train in a hands-on salon that offers a full range of hair and nail services to a clientele of students, college employees and local residents.

“I make sure the student understands what the client wants done and help them figure out how they will achieve the desired looks,” Smith said.

The cosmetology program covers a variety of skills, from safety and sanitation, histology of the hair, skin, nails; muscles and nerves of the face and neck; elementary chemistry with emphasis on sterilization and antiseptics; diseases of the skin, hair and glands; and massaging and manipulating of the muscles of the upper body; and salon management.

“Being a cosmetology instructor is rewarding in all aspects,” Smith said. “On that final day of class and seeing my students be excited, relieved, scared and sad all at the same time, is an amazing feeling. Knowing that they have worked hard all year long and accomplished a goal that we set forth from day one. It is rewarding to hear the great news that they have passed their state board licensure exam and are working in the field that I love so dearly.”

For more information on the cosmetology program at ACTC, call Smith at 606-326-2487 or email msmith0911@kctcs.edu.

ACTC also announced several other faculty promotions following the end of the spring semester.

Dr. Keith Brammell, of Grayson, was promoted to interim dean of Workforce Solutions and technical education. He join the college in 1999 as the department chair of health and personal services. His most recent role at ACTC before being named interim dean was associate dean of academic affairs.

Dr. Nicole Griffith-Green, of Catlettsburg, was promoted to interim dean of arts, sciences and transfer programs. She joined the college in 2005 as an instructor of anatomy and physiology and biology. Her most recent role before being named interim dean was division chair of arts and sciences and professor of biology.

Christopher Boggs, of Wurtland, was promoted to professor of computer and information technology.

Jeffrey Cassady, of Grayson, was promoted to assistant professor of welding technology.

Woodrow Fosson, of Ashland, was promoted to associate professor of applied process technologies.

James Coy Hall, of Huntington, W.Va., was promoted to assistant professor of history.

Rachel Henderson, of Rush, was promoted to associate professor of associate degree nursing.

Jonathan Joy, of Huntington, was promoted to associate professor of English.

Richard Merritt, of Huntington, was promoted to associate professor of mathematics.

William Kevin Sergent, of Raceland, was promoted to assistant professor of applied process technologies.

Mark Smith, of Catlettsburg, was promoted to assistant professor of industrial maintenance.