L'esprit Academy expands, opens second location

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. - L'esprit Academy, an accredited cosmetology school for hair, skin and nail careers, which opened its first location in Livonia, Mich. in 2004, is expanding its operations and has opened a second Michigan location in downtown Royal Oak.

L'esprit Academy's new location, at 501 S. Washington Ave., which houses both the school and a full-service clinic, is currently enrolling students and will be officially celebrating its grand opening with a variety of activities during the week of April 22, 2013.

"The demand here in Michigan for affordable, fast and fun educational opportunities that lead to flexible and rewarding careers is beyond what we ever expected," said Stacy Wells, CEO and owner of L'esprit Academy, in partnership with her parents, Sally and Peter Wells.  "As traditional four-year college degrees are increasingly leaving students with huge debt and shrinking job opportunities, more and more people are turning towards alternative career options like those in the cosmetology industry.  We're also an exciting option for those looking to change career paths."

Touted as the "hottest career in less than a year," L'esprit Academy, which began enrollment at its Royal Oak location in January of this year, offers students training for careers in esthetics, cosmetology and manicuring.  If attending full-time, esthetics and manicuring students can complete their training and be ready to sit for the state licensing exam in just four months.  Full-time cosmetology students can complete their coursework in as little as 11 months. 

In addition to the timing advantages, L'esprit Academy also offers students an affordable education, with tuition rates for its programs ranging from $4,100 to $16,000 for tuition and supplies. L'esprit Academy offers federal student financial aid (grants and loans) for those who qualify. 

The student capacity at L'esprit Academy is 125 students, and the school offers enrollment opportunities on a rolling, monthly basis. 

"It's one thing for us to offer affordable and accessible education, but we are even more proud of our results," said Wells.  "The 2011 graduates of our original location in Livonia achieved a better than 90 percent graduation rate, a 100 percent licensing rate and a 75 percent job placement rate.  We expect nothing less from the group of students who will join us at our new Royal Oak location."

In addition to the school, L'esprit Academy offers a full-service clinic that is open to the public.

Customers have access to salon-quality products and services at school pricing.  All work is performed by students and is fully supervised by licensed instructors.

L'esprit Academy will celebrate the grand opening of its new Royal Oak location with a variety of events and giveaways, both private and public, throughout the week of April 22, 2013. Events open to the public include: 

  • Wednesday, April 24 – L'esprit Academy will launch an ongoing community initiative "Haircuts for Heroes", providing FREE haircuts for all active duty military and police and fire personnel on the first Wednesdays of each month. Appointments preferred, but walk-ins are welcomed from 9:00 am – 7:00 pm.
  • Thursday, April 25 – Blowout Bash!  $10 blowouts all day and FREE blowouts with the purchase of any product from the "Sexy" hair care line. Appointments preferred, but walk-ins are welcomed from 9:00 am – 7:00 pm.
  • Friday, April 26 – Student Open House for prospective students from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm. 

For more information on the Open House activities or to schedule an appointment, call 248-266-8888. To learn more about L'esprit Academy courses and to enroll, visit www.lespritacademy.com

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