Esthetics Services

​Esthetics Program

The Esthetics staff at San Jose City College are some of the most passionate and well trained staff in Esthetics services in the nation. In addition to teaching weekly classes, many of the full time instructors practice on the side as well.

Enrollment in the program is accepted in either the Fall or Spring semester. Most students complete the program in two full semesters with an optional summer session is. The Esthetics Program is designed for full-time students only. Because SJCC is a community college funded by the state, we are able to provide this comprehensive education at a fraction of the cost of private schools. Students pay $46 per unit.

Students enrolled in the SJCC Esthetics Program have the opportunity to receive instruction in the areas of waxing, facials, back treatments, and makeup skills. After completing the program students can earn a Certificate of Achievement. In addition, SJCC graduates acquire necessary skills and knowledge to pass the California State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology exam. To be eligible for the State license, students must successfully complete 600 clock hours in an educational institution approved by the Bureau of Barbering and Cosmetology.


To find out more about our program, we encourage you to attend our Virtual Orientation on Monday, June 8, 2020 at 2 PM. Please send the completed application (in the Documents section below)  to Once received, she will email you the Zoom information.


The school of Cosmetology is located on campus in the middle of the quad. You can find it from the student parking lot by going toward the middle of campus in the west end of the south wing. Our building is covered in checkered glass blocks with teal trim. Please enter at the main double doors and proceed to the receptionist desk on the left under the sign "Cosmetology Department”. We will handle your appointment and get you started from there! You may also enter from the rear doors from parking lot C, guest parking.

Esthetics Instructors

The Esthetics staff at San Jose City College has some of the most passionate and well trained professionals in cosmetology services in the nation.

Ada Weeks, Instructor

Ada Weeks, Esthetics InstructorAda has been in the field of cosmetology for over 35 years, during which she owned and operated several salons. She decided to take on the challenge of becoming a Cosmetology instructor. Her first position as an Instructor was at Skyline College in San Bruno. Presently, Ada teaches in the Esthetics Program at San Jose City College. Education: California Cosmetology License; Instructor's License; California Community College Instructor Credential; A.A. San Jose City College; numerous classes and Certificates of Completion from many of the advanced classes that she attends at least 4 or 5 times a year. She also attends at least 3 major trade shows each year to introduce the latest methods and technology to our students in order to prepare them for their future. Ada completed Phase I and Phase II classes in Berkeley in 1983-84 and attended 240 hours of Master Education classes with Lenar Learning Group which involved two weekends a year.

Yelena Lipilina, Instructor

Yelena Lipilina, Esthetics InstructorWith more than 20 years experience in the art of beauty, Yelena Lipilina is a lead instructor in the San Jose City College Esthetician Department. With teaching experience at the College of San Mateo and Miss Marty’s Hair Academy and Esthetics Institute, Yelena has brought warmth and humor to countless students. “My goal is to provide the highest possible level of training and inspiration to all students.” After receiving a rich education including a Bachelor of Arts degree in Pedagogy & Speech therapy at the University of St. Petersburg, Yelena was trained at the Wilfred Academy of Hair and Beauty Culture in New York. Additionally, she is a graduate Master Educator at Milady’s Career Institute and a prestigious Cidesco Diplomat. Yelena’s vast professional experience includes the legendary Elizabeth Arden Salon, Visage Medical Day Spa, Mr. Lee Salon and Spa, and Lancôme Beauty Institute. Her expertise spans stress-reducing facials, acne treatments, glycolic peels, lymphatic drainage massage, lash and brow tinting, facial and body waxing and treatments, and makeup. She was honored with the Outstanding Faculty Award in February 2007, by SJCC Associated Students Hall of Excellence.

​Esthetics Application

Interested students need to complete the Esthetics Application and email to 

Esthetics Application.docx

Skin Care Brochure:

Skin Care Brochure.pdf

SJCC Campus Map:


Esthetics Certificate Level 2

​Contact Us

Contacts for program information:

Division Counselors

Julie Nguyen

408-298-2181 ext. 3440


Job Development & Placement Specialist
Steven Lee

408-298-2181 ext. 3529

Dean of Career Technology Education

Dr. J. Edward Stevenson

(408) 288-3197


2100 Moorpark Avenue
Cosmetology Building, C202
San Jose, California 95128



Yelena Lipilina 

Sharifi Nadjmeh 

Kavita Agrawal

(408) 288-3766




Skin Care Brochure

Esthetics Application.docx

Campus Map

Google Map & Directions

Licensing Agency

The Esthetician Licensing Agency is the Department of Consumer Affairs Board of Barbering and Cosmetology.  Visit their website for more information:  Board of Barbering and Cosmetology

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