Francee Frederico-Detel owns Fredrico’s Nail Bar in Grain Valley.
While nail salons are plentiful in Eastern Jackson County, some do not have enough technicians, including hers.
“We need more nail techs horribly,” Frederico-Detel said of her salon. “There’s a demand for nail technicians like you wouldn’t believe.”
That’s part of the reason she’s an instructor of the nail technology program at Valley View High School, which has been around for 15 years. This is the second year that the Fort Osage Career & Technology Center has overseen the program, and the number of participating students has nearly doubled. It’s available to Blue Springs, Independence, Fort Osage, Grain Valley and Oak Grove schools.
“Last year, I had 12 students, which is normal,” said Frederico-Detel, who is in her fifth year as the program’s instructor. “This year I have 21. It’s great having more kids in here. It’s nice.”
“Since the Career & Technology Center took over, we have more exposure,” Frederico-Detel said. “And we’ve had double the people come in to the business.”
CTC director Mike Pantleo said the cosmetology field is popular for high school students, so that was one reason CTC took over the operations of the program from the Blue Springs School District.
“We’ve always had a cooperative partnership with the Blue Springs School District,” Pantleo said. “It sometimes becomes overwhelming for a district of this size to handle all of their programs. But career-and-tech education is what we do.”
“Our staff is dedicated to just career-and-tech education. We’ve been able to promote the program more, especially on social media.”
Students start training from the beginning of the school year until the student-operated salon opens in October. This year, The View nail salon opens to the public on Oct. 8 and will close in the second week of May.
The students answer the phone, schedule appointments and do pedicures, manicures and more. Before students start working on the nails of patrons, they have to complete 50 hours of training.
They practice on mannequin hands, other students and Frederico-Detel. To enter the program, students must fill out an application and go through a job interview process before being selected.
“The students are doing amazing things so far,” Frederico-Detel said. “They’re excited. We do everything a regular nail salon would do.”
“This is hands-on, which keeps the students interested in it.”
Students can earn certification from the Missouri State Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners. They have to score a score of 75 percent or higher on a paper test and have to complete certain hands-on tests, including sanitation.
“Sometimes they end up working for me when they are finished,” Frederico-Detel said. “They sometimes work from home or go to Beauty Brands.”
For one student, Hannah Mullins, the program provides valuable experience as she plans on doing nail technician work after she graduates.
“It’s super hands on, and we get to experience what it’s like dealing with people,” she said. “And we get to prepare for our careers. This program is a lot cheaper than other cosmetology schools require. I think it’s really cool having it here at Valley View.”
DO YOUR NAILS?
Hours of operation at The View, which opens Oct. 8:
• Monday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
• Tuesday-Friday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Saturday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Full set of acrylics: $20
Gel overlay: $15
Gel fill: $12
Gel polish manicure: $15
Spa manicure: $12
Basic manicure: $8
Gel polish pedicure: $20
Spa pedicure: $20
Basic pedicure: $15
Polish change: $5
Nail repair: $2 and up
Nail art: $2 and up
Nail removal: $2
French manicure: $5
Paraffin wax dip: $5