Empire Beauty School Opens in Greater Minneapolis and Launches Anti-Domestic Violence Initiative to Region

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Empire Education Group announces the regional launch of a comprehensive anti-domestic violence campaign in partnership with CUT IT OUT, a program that trains hairstylists to recognize the signs of domestic abuse. Empire's program includes enhanced student training, public awareness and education efforts, fundraising, victim support, and an online campaign. This program will be initiated in 4 greater Minneapolis schools and 88 locations nationally. A new Empire Beauty school location will also to be unveiled.

Empire Gives Back in support of CUT IT OUT!

We are proud to give the community, and our industry partners based in Minneapolis, a first-hand look at our campaign against domestic violence, 'Empire Gives Back.' The dedicated efforts of our students and educators give this program the potential to truly make a very positive impact in Twin Cities communities and the nation

Empire Education Group, the nation's largest system of cosmetology schools under common ownership, is opening a new Empire Beauty School in Spring Lake Park (near Fridley). At the same time, Empire will begin a comprehensive anti-domestic violence program called "Empire Gives Back" that includes student training, fundraising, victim support, public awareness and education efforts, and an online campaign on http://www.empiregivesback.com

Empire has worked closely with the U.S. Department of Justice to develop and grow "Empire Gives Back" which is closely tied to CUT IT OUT, a program that teaches salon professionals to recognize signs of domestic abuse and safely guide those clients to people and resources that can help them.

"We are proud to give the community, and our industry partners based in Minneapolis, a first-hand look at our campaign against domestic violence, 'Empire Gives Back.' The dedicated efforts of our students and educators give this program the potential to truly make a very positive impact in Twin Cities communities and the nation," states Franklin K. Schoeneman, CEO and Chairman of Empire Education Group.

The new 9,100 square-foot beauty school includes a stylish student salon and cutting edge Teamboard technology in the classrooms. The school brings multiple benefits to the community, quickly adding new jobs in the Minneapolis area, while training the next generation of aspiring beauty professionals, enabling them to pursue their dream careers in the future.

Empire Beauty School students will receive a top-notch education in cosmetology that will prepare them to enter an industry that is growing rapidly. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, cosmetology is a profession that is projected to grow 14% over the next decade, increasing faster than many other occupations.

Empire Education Group operates three additional beauty schools, all now re-named Empire Beauty Schools (all were formerly Scot Lewis Schools) in the Twin Cities. The schools were acquired in an Empire Beauty Schools merger with Regis Corporation in August 2007 which resulted in the formation of Empire Education Group. These locations will participate in "Empire Gives Back" and the Empire Education Group National Day of Beauty, on October 11. On this day, all monies generated from services and sales in all 4 Minnesota beauty schools will be donated to a local women's shelter in the community where the schools are located.

Empire Education Group
Empire Education Group provides quality cosmetology education, offering students many of the finest training tools, facilities and career placement opportunities. For the past 70 years, Empire has grown to become one of the largest providers of beauty and cosmetology education in North America. Empire's 88 accredited cosmetology schools in 19 states 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, Artistic Beauty Colleges, Blaine, Chic University of Cosmetology, Concorde Academy, European Academy, The Hair Design School, Martin's College of Cosmetology, Natural Motion Institute, and Pierre's School of Cosmetology. For more information and a complete listing of all schools under the Empire Education Group name, visit: http://www.empire.edu

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