In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, Bellus Academy complied with state-at-home regulations and temporarily shut its doors. While some schools across the nation have halted education until they can re-open, we pivoted quickly to distance/online education.
Within a week, our students were able to continue their coursework at home with their educators helping them every step of the way. We have even started new students, which was really exciting for us!
If you’re considering a career in beauty and wellness, you don’t have to wait. In fact, some of our newer students expressed they chose Bellus Academy because we adapted so quickly and took the time to create an online experience that mimicked the classroom setting. The fact is, if you’re at home all day anyway, why not get started with your education and be even closer to starting your dream career.
We wanted to give you a glimpse into what this new online education looks like so that you know what to expect when you sign up for one of our programs. So we sat down with Dorothy Wrightsman, Regional Cosmetology Director for Bellus Academy, to explain how it all works.
Q. Which programs have moved to distance learning?
All of them except for our Spa Nails program.
Q. What will students be using to access their online portal? Will they need their own computer?
Our new students will be able to pick up their distance education student kit before school starts, which includes an iPad and textbooks. Our innovative education will allow you to access our virtual education using your new iPad. The rest of the kit will be distributed at a later time.
Q. How does the distance/online education work?
Most of our programs were already using tech-based education that was accessible from an iPad, so shifting to online education wasn’t a giant hurdle. Students login daily to our online portal, complete with coursework, assignments and activities. There are interactive functions so that you can stay in constant contact with your educator.
Q. How much of the education is theory vs. practical?
Our curriculum includes theory work, which will give you a strong foundation once you get into hands-on learning. The practical portion will be done in the classroom for newer students once we re-open. Currently, our seasoned students who started in the classroom can do practical training at home. We want our newer students to feel more confident before working with tools and mannequins, so we’ve opted to keep a strong emphasis on theory for brand new students.
Q. Once a student starts, what can they expect the first week?
You begin your education at Bellus Academy in our 8-week Discovery phase. From an online perspective, the entire first week is taught via Zoom by an educator, where you’ll have activities and live teaching every day. We want to get comfortable with how the portal works and get to know your educator and classmates.