SOURCE: Regency Beauty Institute

December 22, 2010 16:35 ET

United States Congressman John Kline Visits Regency Beauty Institute

MINNEAPOLIS, MN--(Marketwire - December 22, 2010) - On December 13th, Minnesota Congressman John Kline, Chairman-Elect of the House Education and Labor Committee, had an opportunity to experience firsthand how vocational education meets the needs of students and employers in the communities he serves when he visited Regency Beauty Institute's Burnsville, Minnesota campus.

Students had an opportunity to tell Congressman Kline why the education they were receiving was important as he toured the salon floor and classrooms. One student described her layoff from the mortgage industry, a divorce, and a child with a disability that threatened to prevent her from doing what she loves; but she "kept strong and went on" to finally enroll in cosmetology school. Now she has dreams of owning her own salon.

Another student indicated she had put her career goals on hold while she raised a family. Enrolling in beauty school opened her eyes to the many career possibilities that cosmetology offers. Now she wants to serve others with the skills she is learning. By working in long term rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, and shelters, she plans to "help others look as beautiful on the outside as they are on the inside."

Also on hand for Congressman Kline's visit was Kim Schottler, Director of Industry Relations with Great Clips. Ms. Schottler highlighted the steady demand for qualified employees in the beauty industry and the importance of beauty schools to the industry, pointing out that there are 3,000 Great Clips salons across the country, many of which could use more stylists. She noted that Great Clips believes that many of its salons and franchise owners could increase their revenues by hiring more stylists and shortening wait times for services.

Regency's President Hayes Batson welcomed Congressman Kline's visit, saying, "We really appreciate Mr. Kline's commitment to education and his interest in Regency, our students, and our faculty. It's great to see our leaders in Washington taking time to get to know schools and businesses in their communities firsthand."

Regency Beauty Institute was founded in 1950 and provides beauty education programs through 80 campuses in 19 states. Regency's Burnsville campus is located adjacent to Burnsville Center Mall at 14350 Buck Hill Road.

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