Beauty School Celebrates 55 Years

A Nebraska cosmetology school is the longest running vocational training facility for cosmetologists in the state; a fact that may be credited to the school’s ability to maintain its originating philosophies according to reports. Cosmetology schools are typically part of a chain or franchise, but many private schools are beginning to surface. Lasting half of a decade is impressive in the world of independent schools.

“Using the same business philosophy it started with 55 years ago, McCook Beauty Academy is still training students at its original location in McCook. But the founder, Evelyn Grubb, started doing hair long before that.

“Evelyn was a pioneer in Southwest Nebraska, as far as hair salons go,” said her son-in-law, Gary Lucas, who took over managing the school in 1967.

“Before she died (in 1979), she asked me not to change a thing, and I haven’t. That’s why we’re still here.”

Unlike other hair salon schools that are tuition-based, the McCook Beauty Academy is clinic-based, with a major source of income coming from customers who go to the school for beauty salon services.

This keeps tuition rates down, Gary said and also gives students, with an instructor close by, hands-on training right from the start.

“We’ve been around here for so long, that everybody knows about us,” he said about the steady stream of customers. “It isn’t unusual for a student to have ten clients per day.”

Students who attend come from Northwest Kansas, Colorado and Southwest Nebraska and take classes for a year. By the time they graduate, students have been on the floor with clients and are ready to work full-time in a salon.” (Read the rest of the beauty school’s inspiring story at the McCook Gazette.)

Lowered tuition rates are a rarity in contemporary education circles, adding more to the school’s appeal.

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