Deborah and Roberta unlock students’ potential at La Fenice Beauty Academy

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Posted on: 5th October, 2017

Category: News

Contributor: West Cork People

On Saturday, September 16 mother and daughter team Deborah Cortimiglia and Roberta Mingione officially opened their new beauty college in Clonakilty. La Fenice Academy caters for a wide range of educational needs, offering part-time and full-time courses, year-round, in hair styling and beauty therapy.

As Collette Twomey of Clonakility Black Pudding cut the ribbon, the evening sun shone rays of positivity on the crowd who had gathered to see the doors open on this exciting new education centre.

The academy’s first course began just two days later with a full classroom. The current students range from school-leavers to women seeking new qualifications having taken a career-break to raise their families.

Deborah and Roberta have years of international experience in the beauty industry, from Italy to New York, and love to share their knowledge and skills. Having settled in Clonakilty a number of years ago, where they opened La Fenice Nail Bar & Beauty on Ashe Street, the enterprising family has spent more than five years developing their plans for West Cork’s only beauty college, from the interior (which oozes luxury with its spa-inspired design) to gaining the correct education accreditations; La Fenice Academy has already been awarded the International Therapy Examination Council,  ITEC standard, a worldwide accreditation that insures its students are professional recognised all over the world.

As part of their education programme students will spend time in La Fenice clinic, gaining valuable real-life experience to ensure they are not only competent but also confident when entering the workplace, making them hugely employable.

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