The PCI Academy Story

When it comes to beauty schools, no one loves to grow professionals like PCI Academy! We’ve been doing it exceptionally well for more than 30 years.

With beauty school academies in Iowa and Minnesota, we will help you become one of tomorrow’s salon professionals whether you choose cosmetology, esthetics or massage therapy. We are not a typical beauty school. In fact, we are the future of beauty schools.

Join PCI Academy in the adventure of a lifetime – training for your dream of a career in the beauty industry including training in the business of beauty. We are The Academy that started it all and continue to develop the best in our profession.

PCI Academy began as Professional Cosmetology Institute, the realization of founder Marian Lokken’s dream. 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).

Marian’s dream has been renewed time and again. Mary, Angie and Randy Kunkel created a school model that has been copied by more than 30 schools around the country. That’s right! We are the original salon professional academy, now PCI Academy!

Watch us as we take PCI Academy to new heights growing our educators, graduates and students for the future! We are becoming our own best beauty school to train for your future!

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