Kym Jackson

Kym Jackson is new to her job, and it’s a big one. For years the Cosmetology and Wellness Department at Skyline College lacked a full-time leader and a consistent location. Many coordinators came and went, all daunted by the sheer scope of the department: a full-time cosmetology program, part-time esthetics and massage therapy, fashion merchandising and a number of online and weekend wellness classes. But instead of being intimidated by the size and structure of the program, Kym is excited by the opportunity to grow it into something wonderful. “I am here to motivate, inspire and encourage those around me,” she says, including staff and students alike.

Engaged and inspiring, Kym has major plans for the department. Within three months of stepping into her role as Coordinator, she has launched two new courses for Spring 2014, revamped the spa with paint and fixtures, launched a marketing campaign and invited the Fashion Merchandising program to join the Cosmetology department in Building 4.

Some of her plans for the future include bringing in product and education from skincare company Dermalogica, reviving the manicuring program, and eventually establishing a barbering program at Skyline College. In spring 2014, professionals and students alike can enroll in the Spa Technician Training class (COSM 785) or Advanced Esthetics Training (COSM 786) to learn additional skills like body wraps and scrubs, microdermabrasion, chemical and enzyme peels and body bronzing. “The combination of these two skills sets,” Kym says, “is to better equip the spa practitioner to compete in the industry.” Once students are well educated, there is no limit to the services they can offer. Through a number of outreach events and social media promotions, Kym aims to fill every available styling station, massage table and facial bed.


After earning both a Bachelor and Master of Science degree in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University, Kym feels ready to help the Skyline College Cosmetology Spa and Wellness department reach its full potential. She has worked as an esthetician, massage therapist, cosmetology instructor, salon and spa owner, international trainer and director of education, making her well prepared to wear the many hats of Coordinator. Kym has cultivated professional relationships with Paul Mitchell, Avlon, Milstan Thermal Products, Pivot Point, Dermalogica and American International and intends to build a strong retail presence to enhance the services offered at Skyline College Salon & Spa/Wellness.

20131105_133542Cosmetology students are available on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for hair and nail services including haircuts, color, perming or straightening and manicures. Esthetics and massage therapy students perform facial treatments, waxing and massages on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. All Skyline College students, faculty and staff receive a 20% discount on their services and are welcome anytime!

Kym Jackson has set the bar high for Skyline College Salon & Spa/Wellness to offer excellent services, client care and value to every person who walks through the door. “I want to revitalize services and regain the confidence of our clients,” she says. Call the appointment desk at 650-738-4165 to indulge your need for beauty, wellness and relaxation.

Article by Lynsey Hemstreet, Photos by Carmen Richardson.