By Lt. Richard Montes, AA/PIO
California Institution for Women

The California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology has confirmed that six female offenders housed at California Institution for Women (CIW) have successfully passed their State Boards for cosmetology.

Ilona Sebastian, Cosmetology Vocational Instructor and six female offender cosmetologists

Ilona Sebastian, Cosmetology Vocational Instructor and six female offender cosmetologists

The six female offenders took their State Board exams at CIW on June 19.

CIW Cosmetology Vocational Instructor Ilona Sebastian, who has been a part of the cosmetology program since its inception, reported CIW has a 100 percent pass rate on State Boards.

The cosmetology program offers myriad opportunity for students to learn technical and artistic fundamentals they can readily use upon completing their State Board exam.

Female offenders are given closely monitored instruction and after demonstrating successful knowledge and ability may provide hairstyling and manicurist services to both inmates and staff.

The cosmetology program requires 1,600 hours of instruction and hands-on training. The manicuring program requires 400 hours for course completion.  Upon release to their respective communities, the newly certified cosmetologists can provide services in skin care, hair, hair care, nails, makeup, sales, and business development.

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