PCI Academy began as Professional Cosmetology Institute, the realization of founder Marian Lokken’s dream to establish an elite Iowa beauty school.

Her lifelong interest in quality education for her Finesse Salons led her to create an institute of cosmetology in June 1978 in Ames, Iowa with husband Clayton and daughter Mary.

Marian passed away in 1992 and Mary took over leadership of Finesse and PCI.

She hired Randy Kunkel, founder of KRS Consulting Group, in 1999 to help her grow the salons and the school.

Long-time stylist/manager Angie Torgeson became co-owner of both companies in 1999.

In 2002 Mary moved to Minnesota where she and Angie started SPA~a School (Salon Professionals Academy).

In 2005, PCI and SPA became The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA).

After helping many schools open under that name, Angie and Mary decided to return to their roots and rename the schools PCI Academy.

Marian’s dream has been renewed time and again.

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Upcoming Events

  1. Iowa State Law

    August 11 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  2. Microteaching/Educator Training

    August 23 @ 9:00 am - August 24 @ 5:00 pm
  3. Educator Teaching Methodology

    August 23 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Ames Location

309 Kitty Hawk Drive
Ames, IA 50010

515.232.7250 Guest Services
515.956.3781 Admissions
800.956.3781 Toll-Free Admissions
515.956.3784 Financial Aid
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Plymouth Location

4315 Peony Lane N.
Plymouth, MN 55446

763.504.2772 Guest Services
763.536.0772 Admissions
800.561.1772 Toll-Free Admissions
763.536.0772 Financial Aid
763.504.2868 Fax
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