Empire Education Group and Nick Arrojo Team Up to Provide Lifelong Learning for Beauty Pros

Arrojo to headline Empire's Future Professionals Expo, May 16-17

Jan 15, 2010, 09:00 ET from Empire Education Group

POTTSVILLE, Pa., Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Empire Education Group, the largest provider of cosmetology education in North America, is teaming up with world renowned hairstylist, educator and celebrity hairdresser, Nick Arrojo, and his celebrated team of master stylists to help beauty professionals build profitable, rewarding, and sustainable careers. At the heart of this new relationship, the two companies will collaborate to offer a national advanced education platform: Masters of Beauty (MOB) Skills Certification program. The program will launch nationally at Empire's Future Professionals Expo in Hershey, PA, on May 16-17, which Nick Arrojo and his master stylist team will headline.

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The goal of the national MOB is to build confidence and creativity in salon professionals nationwide, while giving them the opportunity to become masters of their craft. Programs feature two-day MOB inspirational workshops jointly developed by ARROJO education and Empire, focusing on trend awareness and creative expression, while teaching modern techniques in scissor, razor, and color placement.  In addition, nearly 200 one-day MOB skill enhancement classes in cutting, coloring, finishing, and makeup artistry will be hosted on Empire Education Group campuses across the country.

A candidate must complete three models in a desired skill area to earn certified Master of Beauty status. Upon completion of a module, participants receive a seal—Advanced Seal, Senior Seal, Master Seal—of completion for their MOB certificate. A MOB candidate can become a Master of Beauty in a desired skill in as little as 12 months.

"MOB workshops and classes will encourage salon professionals to participate in advanced education, learn new skills, and gain the confidence and creativity required to meet and exceed the expectations of today's consumers," says Nick Arrojo. MOB will provide insight and inspiration, and help stabilize and enhance the careers of beauty professionals all over the country. It's a fantastic opportunity to continue our commitment of raising standards in the hairdressing craft."

The program will be available to the more than 100,000 beauty professionals working in the industry who are alumni of Empire Education Group schools, as well as working stylists, salon professionals re-entering the salon industry after taking a break, and independent and chain salon owners and managers who want to increase their knowledge and improve their skill-set.

"Empire Education Group and Nick Arrojo have a shared vision to train today's and tomorrow's hairdressers to be true masters of their craft," says Franklin K. Schoeneman, chairman and CEO of Empire Education Group. "With this relationship, we can now provide all the basic training, skills, and artistic inspiration that hairdressers need from the day they enter cosmetology school and begin studying our exclusive Certified Learning in Cosmetology (CLiC) curriculum, all the way through to advanced programs from ARROJO education so that they can continuously grow, wow their clients and earn top dollars throughout their careers."

"MOB is just one part of the Empire Alumni effort. The goal is to offer a complete selection of valuable services, products, and industry events to our alumni going forward."

To learn what it takes to be in the MOB, obtain a calendar of nationwide classes across the country, learn state CEU requirements, and get registration information, please email: MastersOfBeauty@empire.edu

Two-Day Program dates and locations:

Manhattan- July 18 & 19, 2010

Philadelphia-August 22 & 23, 2010

Chicago-September 19 & 20, 2010

Ft. Lauderdale-October 10 & 11, 2010

Phoenix-December 5 & 6, 2010

Minneapolis-January 9 &10, 2011

Kentucky-February 6 & 7, 2011

Nashville-March 6&7, 2011

Nick Arrojo

Nick Arrojo began his distinguished career with Vidal Sassoon in Manchester, England. After 10 successful years, he joined the Wella Team in London. In 1994, he moved to New York City as director of education for Bumble + bumble Salon. Three years later, he established Arrojo Cutler Salon and became global master for Aveda. In 2001 Nick opened ARROJO studio in New York City, a custom-built salon featuring ARROJO education, ARROJO product, and the ARROJO color studio. Today, Nick holds the prestigious position of Special Creative Artist for Wella, and appears frequently on television and in Web and print media. For more information, please visit: www.arrojoeducation.com.

Empire Education Group

With 95 campuses in 20 states, Empire Education Group has provided quality in cosmetology education, offering students many of the finest training tools and facilities for more than 75 years. Empire is one of the largest providers of beauty and cosmetology education in North America and graduates more than 20,000 students annually. All locations use exclusive Certified Learning in Cosmetology (CLiC) education curriculum. Schools accredited under Empire Education Group include Empire Beauty Schools, Concorde Academy, European Academy, The Hair Design School and Natural Motion Institute. For more information and a complete listing of all schools, visit  www.empire.edu.

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