Empire Education Group Opens New School in Avondale, Arizona & Artistic Beauty Colleges Transition to Empire Name and Curriculum

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The new 11,000 sq ft. beauty school features the innovative curriculum and state-of-the-art teaching technologies for which Empire Schools are known, offering Avondale students a truly first-rate education in cosmetology and the opportunity to get their start in an industry that is growing rapidly. In addition to Empire's new school, the company is transitioning eight Arizona Artistic Beauty Colleges, (acquired in a merger with Regis Corporation in August 2007) over to the Empire brand name. Empire Education Group provides quality in cosmetology education, offering students the finest training tools and facilities. For the past 70 years, Empire has grown to become one of the largest providers of beauty and cosmetology education in North America. With 87 accredited cosmetology schools in 18 states Empire graduates over 8,000 students annually. http://www.empire.edu

Empire Education Group has a thriving business in Arizona and we are so thrilled to see that business grow with the addition of our new school in Avondale

Aspiring hairstylists, estheticians, salon owners, and makeup artists of Arizona take note. Empire Education Group, the gold standard in cosmetology education, is unveiling a new Empire Beauty School location in Avondale, AZ. The brand new facility brings multiple benefits to the community, quickly adding new jobs while training the next generation of aspiring beauty professionals, enabling them to pursue their dream careers in the future.

The new 11,000 sq ft. beauty school features the innovative curriculum and state-of-the-art teaching technologies for which Empire Schools are known, offering Avondale students a truly first-rate education in cosmetology and the opportunity to get their start in an industry that is growing rapidly.

"Empire Education Group has a thriving business in Arizona and we are so thrilled to see that business grow with the addition of our new school in Avondale," says Franklin K. Schoeneman, Empire's CEO and chairman. "We offer students a top quality education in cosmetology and the skills to launch successful careers. Empire also has a strong tradition of commitment to supporting the communities in which our schools are located and we are delighted to bring that part of our culture to Arizona."

"We are very pleased that our new Avondale location will open with a starting enrollment more than double the size of an average class in a typical new Empire school. After opening our Paradise Valley school less than a year ago, and soon expanding another of our current schools in Phoenix, we are very well positioned to serve the needs of the thousands of aspiring future cosmetologists in the Valley," stated Joseph A. Carretta, Senior Vice President, Operations.

The elegant and modern facility has a custom-built student salon. Unique features include versatile "pipeless" European pedicure stations (designed for ultra sanitary operation), cultured stone counters with a pass-through towel shampoo, and European backwash stations. High-end architectural designs are throughout the school including floors made of Brazilian porcelain tile, stylish work stations and unique lighting fixtures.

In addition to Empire's new school, the company is transitioning eight Arizona Artistic Beauty Colleges, (acquired in a merger with Regis Corporation in August 2007) over to the Empire brand name. In transitioning to the Empire name, each of these eight schools will benefit from many important upgrades in the quality of the curriculum, electronic TeamBoard technology, and hands-on educational materials making it possible for students to benefit from best possible learning experience. Empire's proprietary education system is specially designed for creative individuals who learn better by seeing and doing, rather than simply reading standard cosmetology textbooks.

Empire is investing over 3.5 million dollars in extensive renovations and physical improvements for the eight former Artistic Beauty Colleges. This includes updating equipment, new interiors in all schools and an expansion of the northwest Phoenix school from 6000 to 17000 sq ft.

The schools will also benefit from the support that the Empire Education umbrella provides, including vast resources available to the students and teachers in each of its 87 schools across the country. Empire Education Group's Home Office provides nationwide job placement assistance, financial assistance, curriculum development, alumni outreach, and a number of other student services. With this best-in-class support system, the staff at these eight schools can now focus on the most important aspect of all - teaching.

Some compelling data:
•According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, cosmetology is a profession that is projected to grow 14% over the next decade, increasing faster than most occupations.
•There are 5,397 salons in the state of Arizona, and there is strong demand for well trained stylists
•The number of salons will only increase as cosmetology students graduate and open their own businesses. An impressive 46% of cosmetology graduates are self-employed.

Empire Education Group
Empire Education Group provides quality in cosmetology education, offering students the finest training tools and facilities. For the past 70 years, Empire has grown to become one of the largest providers of beauty and cosmetology education in North America. With 86 accredited cosmetology schools in 18 states Empire graduates over 8,000 students annually. All locations use exclusive Certified Learning in Cosmetology (CLiC) education curriculum; the company prepares students for successful careers in cosmetology (hair care, skin care, and nail care.)

Schools accredited under Empire Education Group include; Empire Beauty Schools http://www.empire.edu/, A Cut Above http://www.acutabovebeautyschool.com , Arthur Angelo http://www.arthurangelo.com , Artistic Beauty Colleges http://www.artisticbeautycolleges.com, Blaine http://www.blainebeautyschools.com , Chic University of Cosmetology http://www.chicuniversity.com , Concorde Academy http://www.concordeschools.com , European Academy http://www.europeancosmetology.com , The Hair Design School http://www.hairdesignschool.com , Martin's College of Cosmetology http://www.martinscollegeofcosmetology.com , Natural Motion Institute http://www.naturalmotioninstitute.com , Pierre's School of Cosmetology http://www.pierresschool.com , and Scot Lewis http://www.scotlewis.com . For more information and a complete listing of all schools under the Empire Education Group name, please visit: http://www.empire.edu

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