This Is The Salon Professional Academy

This Is TSPA

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a student at The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA)?

What’s it like? What do you do every day? What programs are available? Is it fun? Do I get hands-on training? What are the teachers like? Do you get to work on actual people? Is there housing nearby? Do you use state-of-the-art equipment, tools & technology?

It’s really hard to answer with only words, so…..Watch This!

The Salon Professional Academy offers programs leading to amazing careers in Cosmetology, Esthetics, Massage Therapy and Nail Technology.

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There are so many factors to consider when selecting the school that will change your life by leading your way to a fun, fulfilling and lucrative career. It’s one of the most important decisions you will make as you graduate from high school, or change careers later in life.

At TSPA, we think learning should be fun and rewarding. Sure,  you will have to spend time in the classroom before you get to work on real people, but that can be fun too. Our educators know what it’s like to be a student, so they also know how to make learning fun. From your first day in the classroom, through your first practice on a mannequin, to your debut working on guests in the salon or spa, our educators will personally guide you.

We’ll teach you to be confident, competent and creative.

Technical skills are very important to us, but they are only the beginning of your education here at TSPA. You will gain important business skills, marketing skills, and customer service skills that will give you a major advantage when you start your dream career.

TSPA Culture is Inclusive and Supportive with a Dedication to the Success and Well-being of All of our Students.

You will notice a very friendly and professional atmosphere every time you enter our academy. We are all family here. Everyone is welcome. Lifelong friendships are developed, not only between students, but also between students and staff. We truly care about  what our students are up to after they graduate.

For student reviews and more information about The Salon Professional Academy, we invite you to visit our Youtube channel.

Our Salon & Spa Training Areas have been created to provide our students and guests with the same experience they would have at any high-end salon or spa.

Fargo-Moorhead offers housing in many price ranges and locations. There is even a new apartment complex located right next to our academy, with special pricing we have negotiated for TSPA students.

Where do you go from here?

We have very close relationships with the region’s premier salons and spas, and we meet with them annually to review our programs and find out first hand how our students are performing after they graduate. We also gather the region’s top salons and spas for career fairs in the spring and fall so they can meet our highly sought after students, and our students can meet with them to decide where they want to begin their amazing careers. Many of the salons and spas are represented by TSPA alumni at these events, which gives us a chance to catch up with them!

This Is TSPA – Growing Salon & Spa Leaders, One Student at a Time

Demand For Cosmetologists Continues to Grow

Demand For Cosmetologists Continues to Grow

Overview: the Beauty Salons Industry

Fast growing and prolific, the beauty salon industry is focusing on developing talent to grow a loyal customer base willing to spend on expanded products and services.

The industry felt declines during the economic downturn, but still remained one of the strongest performing within personal care. The industry is now even one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S. and Canada. Barriers to entry to the industry are minimal, creating intense competition for the consumer spending dollars available.

The main draw for beauty salons is the cosmetologists they employ

As the beauty Salon Industry continues to grow, salon owners wan’t to hire the best trained cosmetologists in order to help grow their customer base. The need for cosmetologists continues to grow along with the market size. As shown in the graphs below, the industry is predicted to see much growth in coming years

This report shows the total market size for the Beauty Salons industry, comprised of total revenues of both public and private companies over the last six years (2013-2018), current year estimates, and outlook to 2024.

Beauty Salons market size 2019Beauty Salons market forecast 2019-2024

Interested in becoming a cosmetologist? In just 13 months this could be you! We look forward to meeting you!

TSPA Fargo Earns 9 Awards at Annual Salon Professional Education Conference

TSPA Fargo Earns 9 Awards at National Salon Professional Education Conference

Thanks to our generous owners, TSPA Fargo was represented by 10 staff members as well as themselves at the annual SPEC conference in Florida. Awards based on academy performance metrics as well as overall culture of the school are awarded at the annual “Academy Awards” event. The competition is very stiff, with Fargo competing nationwide against larger markets like Dallas, Washington DC and Winnipeg to name a few. To win 9 awards is an amazing accomplishment!

 

The award we are most proud of, which speaks to the quality and commitment of our students, guests, staff and owners, is the SCHOOL OF THE YEAR AWARD.

 

We are very proud of our educator Mona, for her devotion to helping others. She spearheaded a toy drive involving donations by our students. This was not an ordinary toy drive. Mona personally purchased 100’s of toys with funds donated by students, staff and guests, carefully packaged them for the long trip to the Green Olive Children’s Home in Kenya, and went through many steps to ensure that the toys would make it safely through dangerous territories to the children in need. Mona was awarded the first annual Deborah Shimer Excellence Award in recognition of her efforts. Deborah Shimer devoted her final years to raising funds for the children’s home, and visited the children annually. She lost her battle with cancer in 2018, and this award honors her selfless dedication to help those in need.

To learn more about the Green Olive Children’s Home, visit: globalnpo.org/KE/Mombasa/209227905793223/Green-Olive-Children%27s-Home or https://www.facebook.com/Green-Olive-Children-Home-Mtwapa-Kenya-276706639144020/

 

A HUGE shout-out to our very own Sandy for earning the DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD! Sandy has taken our academy from great to amazing through her dedication to making sure our programs prepare our talented students for highly successful careers in Cosmetology, Esthetics, Massage Therapy and Nail Technology, not only with amazing technical skills, but with great business and leadership skills. We are very proud!

Cosmetology Educator – A Fulfilling Career

There are many options for you as a Cosmetologist. One  career path many Cosmetologists overlook: Cosmetology Educator

It’s not just a job

Teaching is not something to just pay the bills. It’s not a profession where you count down the hours left in the day. It’s a career, but it’s still much more than that. By becoming a teacher, you’re leaving a lasting legacy on the world by providing love and support to students. You’re giving them the tools to live happy and productive lives.

Being a teacher is a fulfilling career.  You get to help enrich student’s lives, not just through core educational skills like cutting hair, perming, and hair coloring, but also responsibility, analytical skills, and building self-confidence.

Nothing makes a teacher prouder than seeing their students succeed, knowing they have helped give them the skills they need for the future. You’ll find that many teachers relish in their teaching careers due to the rewarding aspects of the job.

Influencing the Future

As a teacher, you are giving students the skills they need to go out into the world and succeed. It really doesn’t matter at what stage in a student’s life this happens, so whether you are teaching five-year-olds letter sounds or cosmetology students about business skills, you are giving them what they need to go on and do bigger and better things and build upon those skills.

Help Build Self-Esteem

Teaching isn’t all about learning cosmetology. It’s about building confidence in students to help them with the drive to succeed. Academically, this could be helping a student get through a lesson they find particularly difficult. Spending that little bit of extra time to get them through something they’re struggling with and seeing how excited they are when they start to make connections makes it all worth it.

This isn’t just when it comes to academic things though; it can be about making friends, finding the encouragement to present in front of the class or even with some guidance on what to do for the future in the beauty industry. You are your students’ biggest cheerleader in school, so let them know about it and give them the self-confidence they need to keep going.

You Get to Work in a Fun, Creative Setting

Long gone are the days where classrooms were drab and dull, and the only colour around was that on the textbooks. Now classrooms are fun, vibrant places of learning where creativity is encouraged. The salon floor is also your classroom.  You get to make it a welcoming place that your students (and you!) will want to spend their days in. How many other professions allow you to do that?

Every Day is Different and Exciting

Teaching means that every day is different, no mundane or repetitive work here! Sure, you will have to grade papers, have routine meetings, and do paperwork, but for the most part, no two days are the same. Every day you will work on different tasks with your students, and of course, they will never bore you either!

Each day is a chance to work with young minds and teach new things. One thing you will see every day, though, is the smiles on student’s faces as they work and learn in the classroom and on the salon floor.

You Impact Your Student’s Futures

Students will come into your classroom excited to learn what it takes to succeed, and there is really nothing better than seeing your students eager to learn. Reading about a topic is great, but putting it into action is even better, such as learning a new color technique or designing their own salon. The bonds you form with students are many times life-long. Seeing them succeed in the beauty industry after graduation is the best feeling in the world!

Convinced yet?

Teaching isn’t for just anybody. But if the classroom is calling, you may just have what it takes—compassion, generosity and a dedication to positively influencing the lives of others. The world needs more people like you. Pursue your passions and turn your love of cosmetology into a meaningful career as an educator.

Contact us at employment@tspafargo.com

Or apply on our Facebook page @tspafargo

 

The Endless Career Options of a Cosmetologist

In the beginning, there was Sharpie brows.

My love for the beauty industry started long before I even considered going to “hair school”. All of my barbies had the BEST haircuts (or so I thought at the time) and my dolls were always sporting the trendiest makeup. The looks were usually achieved using unconventional tools. Blush was colored on perfectly using lipstick, brows with black sharpie and nail polish graced their lips and lids (talk about long lasting color). My mom didn’t appreciate that I’d used her beauty products to create the perfect look for my dolls, but she always shared my enthusiasm of how beautiful they turned out. Thanks for always being a good sport mom =)

As I got older, I not only realized that I loved makeup and everything beauty, I loved people, too. Helping people look and feel beautiful inside and out became my passion. The love for beautification and people has a name – Cosmetology!
The neat thing about Cosmetology is that it’s not just cutting hair. There are endless opportunities when it comes to Cosmetology professions – your cosmetology license can open so many doors if you dare to dream big!
So what else can you do besides “just cutting hair”?
1. Cosmetology Educator/Instructor
2. Salon Owner or Manager
3. Salon Consultant / Brand Consultant
4. Professional Film & Theater Stylist/Makeup Artist
5. Celebrity Stylists (the Kardashians don’t get all beautified on their own)
6. Platform Artists
7. Editorial/ Advertising Stylists
8. Esthetics & Skincare
9. Nail Technology
10. Fashion Show Stylists
Being in the beauty industry for 10+ years has taught me that there are no limits to what you can become. If you can dream it, you can do it. As for me? I get to share my passion with all of the students who come through the Fargo TSPA doors everyday!
-Katie Janssen TSPA Graduate

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Business Education at TSPA

At TSPA, we go far beyond teaching you about cosmetology, massage therapy, esthetics and nails. We also teach you how to market yourself and run a business.

Part of our business education program involves designing your own salon or spa, and branding it. We feel that “If you dream it, you can achieve it!” Our students have come up with some amazing designs and branding schemes over the years, and we are confident that some will become reality.

Our students enjoy presentation day, when everyone gets to see the creative branding and designs. That’s all great, but we also teach our students how to come up with a budget and business plan in order to make their dream a reality some day.

 

This is not only a fun assignment, it also teaches our students what it takes to launch and run a successful business. It also allows our students to unleash their creativity and imagination, away from the salon training area.

  This is another example of how TSPA  programs are designed to train students for much more than passing the state boards. We develop the entire salon/spa professional with great technical ability, business & marketing training, and the guest handling skills that are in high demand by top salons and spas. We are growing salon and spa leaders, one student at a time.

Why Overachievers Leave Offices for Cosmetology Careers

Tired of life in a cubicle?

At 28 years old, I quit my downtown office job and didn’t tell anyone there I was leaving to enroll in cosmetology school. It’s hard to explain why I didn’t tell any of my former co-workers. Partially, it was because my office job left me a stressed-out, overworked, worried mess. Also, I think I worried that they would think I was going through an early midlife crisis or a breakdown —  my office was so corporate-oriented that they would think a cosmetology career (or anything outside of a cubicle, really) would be unstable, mentally stimulating, and unprofitable. Honestly, they couldn’t be more wrong.

I’ve always loved the beauty industry and taking my first serious steps into the field has only confirmed my career choice. I wanted to share with everyone why overachievers like me don’t need to cling to their cubicles if they don’t like it there. There are so many reasons why educated, ambitious people are better off pursuing a cosmetology career:

 

Don’t Let Them Tell You Smart People Go To College And Use Their Degrees

I was always at the top of my class throughout school. I was no genius, but I got good grades, scored in the top percentile on my ACT test, GRE (yes, I even considered graduate school), and did well in my extra-curriculars. It was simply assumed that I would go to college, so I went to a private college to get my 4-year degree. Don’t get me wrong, I liked college a lot and have no regrets about attending (loans and all). What I didn’t like was this unspoken assumption I was smart, that smart people went to college, and smart people worked inside of a cubicle.

 

 What’s So Great About Working In A Cubicle?

For me, a cubicle was nightmare. To be fair, a regular schedule, set paycheck, predictable days, and occasional office raffle are a perfect fit for many people. But let’s be honest, if you liked those things, you probably wouldn’t be reading this article. I was fielding 11pm emails, catching up with deadlines, and pumping out spreadsheets that I wasn’t sure anyone would ever see. And if I wasn’t drowning in work, I was struggling to fill my days with semi-pointless busywork because I had to account for and report on every single minute of every week to my Chief Operating Officer. But I had my own business cards, which made my parents happy.

Basically, I stopped being an overachiever at my office job. I had lost so much control over my own success that it felt pointless and frustrating. The more I tried, the more work would get piled on to me. My manager didn’t have the same working style as me, so I struggled to perform all my projects exactly as she would have done them, instead of doing what was best and most efficient for me. I was more skilled and knowledgeable than my clients, who were making double my salary. Like many people working in the corporate world, I felt trapped.

 

What I’m Learning About Cosmetology Careers

  Cosmetology + Hustle = Money. If you’re good with clients and can pull off a decent hairdo, you will be successful. At most corporate jobs, you’re supposed to wait for your annual review to negotiate a promotion and a pay raise. That means I’d have to wait a year in order to even bring up the possibility of a pay raise and a new job title, if I felt comfortable with my managers. In cosmetology, your relationship with money is much more simple: the more work you can do, the more money you will make; the better your work, the more work you will have. You don’t have to hope to get a good manager who will appreciate your work. You don’t have to rely on anyone to give you you projects. And you certainly don’t have to wait until once a year to make more money.

For me, corporate life was a bureaucracy with a lot of office politics mixed in. Cosmetology is a meritocracy. That means that you are rewarded for the quality of your work every day, and it is only the quality of your work that will get you ahead. I remember staring at my old VP’s office, and thinking that I would probably never make a six-figure salary like her. I thought it would take too much time and I honestly didn’t even like my job enough for the money to even motivate me. Now, I’m meeting stylists at neighborhood salons who easily clear six figs, and I can know that a great salary is mine for the taking if I’ll work for it.

 

My Education and Corporate Background Give Me An Advantage in the Salon

It’s kind of ironic. So many people my age were pushed into college, that our degrees became basically meaningless when applying to the corporate jobs they were designed for. BUT, my degree is giving me an advantage over the competition because it helps me connect with my clients better. We can commiserate about client meetings, our CEOs, paid time off, and more. I have stimulating conversations with my clients, many salon manager will tell you that client connection is just as important than your ability to do hair.

 

So What Are You Waiting For?

After my bad days at work, I used to research cosmetology schools and careers in my area and compare them. I was so hesitant because I didn’t want to go further into student debt. I was afraid of change. I was afraid that people wouldn’t think I was smart any more. Looking back, I know I was wrong and I wish I would have enrolled sooner. I’d have more free time and money than if I had stuck around my office. More importantly, I’d be happier.

If you are even considering a career in cosmetology, I’d encourage you to at least set up a meeting with a beauty school representative. In a lot of ways, the salon industry is shrouded in mystery. (Do stylists get health benefits? Retirement? How are they even paid? Salary?) It’s worth it just to find out more about the career, then make an informed decision, and school directors have always been prompt and extremely helpful in giving me very informative answers.

Still wondering if you should take the plunge? Well, at least it doesn’t hurt to send an email.