Viginia Nail School was founded on the idea of improving the nail industry by educating Nail Technicians with an understanding of their scope of practice and the ability to provide safe and sanitary nail care service. We very strongly believe that students that are meant to be here will end up here. Since we do not make a profit and the teacher volunteers her time to teach: students are NEVER pushed to attend and any question will be answered openly for enrollment here or anywhere else. Feel free to ask questions about apprenticeship elsewhere or questions that most schools would not answer to push you to attend with a focus on getting your money.
OUR PROS/ & CONS
PRO: we can personalize our course to each student's learning style and time available to attend class training.
By choosing to stay a small in a rural area, we can keep our overhead low to provide a private learning experience that cares more about teaching each student individually to their skills and learning style (instead of a focus on earning payroll to manage a large location).
CON: long distance driving. We are far away from most student's home location but the visitt to attend is about 4-5 times to a quiet friendly place in Palmyra Virginia. More than 95% of our students drive about 1-3 hours to attend (with more than half driving more than 2 hours). We even have students that stay with family from flying or driving in from far US States.
The Instructor, Mrs. Vivian, has the ability to answer any nail care question from almost 30 years of providing nail care in low end to high end settings (including owning a spa and salons with ownership experience). She offers her time Mon-Sun between 10am-9pm to give students the flexibility to attend the hours that they can attend around their busy schedules.
Our course can offer a flexiblity like no other school to start anytime 24/7 online and attend later by appoinemnt. Each class is a private one on one class session booked by the student. We can be a great option for students with learning or social anxiety issues. We also offer an expedited training course that becomes flexible to each student's ability to attend/study within six months. We recommend lots of service practice during their home study to have questions for added training at school but for those that are advance already: we will focus on understanding safety to become professionals that are prepared for the state exams and the avoidance of lawsuits.
Since we do not teach any other program (to avoid profit), we really care about every student getting licensed: not just getting a certificate. We also do not care about making money on students doing services all day wasting time they need to be with their family or to be at their real job to make a living. Most "nail only" schools close within 2-3 years for many reasons. The overhead cost can be tough with issues of losing licensure when not managed correctly. This is why almost 25% of our enrollments are students from other schools. This is a small school managed by an instructor that donates her teaching time and owned by a board that does not get paid or take a profit. The school only takes enough enrollments per year to pay it's basic overhead bills then stops to open enrollment the next year and avoid profit. This school is business to improve the nail industry by putting more techs out there that understand how to provide a service that is not only safe for the client but safe for them too. Our graduates can get free continued Q&A communication with Mrs. Vivian after licensing to help them as their career grows over the years.
NOTE FROM MRS. VIVIAN
"It is my #1 goal to guide every student that enrolls towards getting licensed and not just getting a certificate. My students are like my children that I care about pushing to the finish line. I have the ability to adjust my instruction to each student's own learning style, strength and weakness to maximize/guide them to their own success in the industry. I will always give back the same percentage of effort I see or more. I teach to give back what I was given in this industry. I never planned or dreamed to be a Nail Tech but I am so thankful that I ended up with this trade. Being a Nail Tech has made incredible things happen for me and my entire family. I had the flexiblity to work when I want, make what I want and have time to put my focus on things that were important to me in my life. The people that I have met gave me amazing opportunities. I want to pass this trade on to others to change their life as it did for me. I know many people are doing nails without a license so I am trying my best to personalize my education to their life/learning style to help them get that license to make the career difference at the next level with their advanced skills." Mrs. Vivian
If you want to read about the teacher and the reason for the school's future closing there is more to read under line below but the basic info about the school closing is that Mrs. Vivian is not letting just anyone enroll starting on Oct 1, 2022. Make your down payment or pay in full to enroll BEFORE Oct 1, 2022 if you want to get your training here to get licensed. Right now anyone that has the requirements to get licensed can attend with having to apply to enroll. Go to the MORE INFO tab to see license requirements. Anyone that enrolls into a course here (before Oct 2022) will have six months to finish their online study and attendance with classes times available to pick on open Mon-Sun between 10am-9pm.
After Sept 2022, students will all have to apply to enroll. We are only accepting students that can prove to us that they can finish responsibly without issues and can attend in the reduced 4-5 days offered per week (starting in May 2023). Also, since the amount of students accepted per year will decrease in 2023 (and we need to cover the overhead cost to stay open) the price to enroll will be about $500 more for those starting a course here AFTER Sept 2022.
Nail school teaches the very basic by helping students understand safety in nail care to get their nail license to sell nail services in their state. Licensing has nothing to do with your social media following size or nail art skills. Showing off great acrylic skills just tells them that you have been doing nails unlicensed so a nail license is not about showing amazing acrylic skills. Teaching limits Mrs. Vivian's ablitity to grow/share advance techniques not taught in a basic licensing course. Instead of retiring from here in May 2023 as she originally planned, she has found an intern that has allowed her to extend her teaching part time to a selected few but she will completely retire by 2025.
It is the works to decrease Mrs. Vivian's class size for 2023 with less teaching days starting May 2023. Mrs. Vivian will offer enrollment to about 5-10 approved students in 2023, about 3-5 selected students in 2024 to no enrollments in 2025. The school is closing in Jan 2025 to relocate to just an office space without teaching anymore licensing classes. Mrs. Vivian has been teaching for decades and starting in May 2023 she would like to decrease her teaching days each year to focus on other things that can help in the nail industry. She is working on or does the following:
ABOUT CONFIDENCE WHEN YOU ARE FINISHED WITH THE COURSE:
Most of our students already have nail skills and are trained to do them safetly to get their license. For those with no nail experience and no nail skill, we recommend doing as many people as possible during your study to have lots of questions at class to learn the most. It is best to work at a walk-in type nail salon setting near their course completion date to build confidence with your new license at a higher paying professional career setting. For those looking for more confidence with proving services (after completion of a nail course) we recommend going to another school that offers walk-in service training.