Busting 5 Big Myths of Online Education

It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has turned education upside down. Every day more schools move some or all of their classes online. Whether it’s called “remote learning,” “distance learning” or “eLearning,” they’re all basically the same thing –  education that takes place via the Internet. Online education can include K-12 education, career education, and college degree programs. But there is a lot of misinformation out there about online education. These are some of the biggest myths about online learning and why they’re wrong:

 Online classes aren’t as good as traditional in-class learning. Studies show that online students perform better on standardized tests. Online students often have more time to complete assignments, which means that online education programs are often more effective than traditional learning.

  • Employers don’t respect online degrees. Fake news. Now that even Ivy League universities offer courses and even whole degrees online, employers can no longer deny that online education can be just as good as traditional degrees. Most employers now don’t care where you earned your education. They just want you to have the skills needed for the job. In many cases, your degree or certificate won’t even indicate whether you earned your degree online or not. 
  • You have to be a genius to manage the technology. Completely false. New technology makes online learning very user-friendly. Often, you can even participate in online classes right on your cell phone! Schools offer training guides and other resources to make your learning process as easy as possible, no matter what Learning Management System (LMS) the school uses. 
  • Online courses are easier. Another total myth. Schools have reputations to uphold. This means their online courses have the same course goals, the same curriculum, and often the same instructors as traditional courses. In fact, some people find online education can be more challenging because a student might need more self-motivation, but the flexibility of online education makes up for that. 
  • Students in online classes don’t get enough attention from faculty. Untrue. From emails and telephone calls to private Zoom meetings, online education offers more ways for students to interact directly with instructors than traditional classes. Education expert Dr. Lisa Collins explains this, “When you teach in a traditional classroom, you need to worry about every student in that class during that specific time period when you have all of them together. In the online environment…You can dedicate your attention to a specific student.”

 In short, it seems that nearly everything people believe about online education is wrong!

 So, if you want to start a new career, or learn a new trade, don’t let misinformation hold you back from starting your new online education today!

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Why Not Try Beauty School During Your Gap Year?

Turn Your Gap Year Into An Experiential Education

Many people had never heard of a gap year when Malia Obama, eldest daughter of former President Barack Obama, took one after high school to travel, volunteer, and complete an internship. A “gap year” is a break between high school and other forms of experiential education, and it’s increasingly popular as today’s students make more careful choices about their futures.

This is even more true now that the COVID-19 pandemic has made many students reconsider moving into a dormitory at a traditional college. Alternative plans such as beauty school have emerged as practical and productive options for education after high school or when changing careers.

Why is beauty school a popular gap year choice?

  • Save money: College costs have increased more than 25% in the past decade. Beauty schools are far less expensive.  Students may qualify for financial aid, the education takes less time than college, and students finish with skills that can lead to employment!
  • Freedom of Choice: Beauty school certificates come in many fields: you can earn one in barber styling, cosmetology, massage therapy, manicuring, makeup artistry and more!
  • Build Your Resume: Beauty school helps you gain the professional experience that employers want in your trade and in customer service through required practice hours.

A gap year spent learning a trade at beauty school can be both productive and profitable!Gap year

Cosmetology Requirements: Learn What It Takes to Become a Cosmetologist

What Does It Take to Become a Cosmetologist?

Are you the first one of your friends to try a new hairstyle or lipstick shade? Are you always doing someone’s hair color in your head? Do strangers tell you they love your hair, nails, or make-up? Then it’s time to consider cosmetology school!

The good news is that just about anyone can get into a cosmetology school.

Here’s the scoop on cosmetology school requirements what you need to do to get into cosmetology school, and the classes you’ll need to take to become a salon ready Redken cosmetologist:

  • A high school diploma or G.E.D: Cosmetology schools require a basic education to get in and you must have either a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Age requirements: Cosmetology schools admit people of all ages and backgrounds. However, the state of Iowa requires our students to be 16 years of age. It’s the diplomas or G.E.D.s that future stylists need to have in order to get into cosmetology. 
  • Basic English skills: All kinds of people enroll in classes, but courses at TSPA are taught in English. The ability to follow along in basic English will help you do well.
  • Pass basic classes: To get your certificate or degree, you’ll take fun courses on hair cutting and styling, skin care, make-up application, and more.
  • A passion for the job: If you love to style your friends and help others discover their own beauty, you’ll love your cosmetology courses!

With cosmetology programs available near you and online, you can get started on your new career today! Contact admissions. Get started now, book a live or virtual tour. Don’t Forget To Ask About The $15,000 Beauty Changes Lives Scholarships That Can Help You Graduate Debt Free!

DEMAND GROWS FOR TRADE SCHOOL GRADS: Is Cosmetology a Good Career Choice?

A Cosmetology Degree is Your Path to a Better Future!

According to Forbes, America needs trade school graduates now. A career in the beauty industry could be your ticket to financial security!

Why?

The beauty industry is worth $523 billion dollars. The average American woman even spends nearly a quarter of a million dollars on hair and make-up in her lifetime!

That’s why the job outlook for cosmetologists, barbers, hairstylists, and make-up artists is better than any other field right now. The need is so great that you can start working and earning as soon as you complete a short trade school certificate in cosmetology!

How can you cash in on this trend?

  1. Investigate the different skills you can develop. You can become a hairstylist, make-up artist, skincare specialist, and more.
  2. Search for trade schools in your area or online to see what’s available.
  3. Talk to admissions counselors to find out what program is right for you.
  4. Enroll in a program at a trade or cosmetology school. Programs are short and affordable, and available in all areas of cosmetology.

An affordable trade school certificate can put you on the road to work in no time. If you want a career path with a stable financial future, consider enrolling in a cosmetology program! Start School from Your Home – Online learning has begun. Book your virtual tour with Admissions 319.505.0402.

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR CAN MAKE!

Did you know that The Salon Professional Academy Cedar Falls use to be The College of Hair Design?!?

We joined the Redken Franchise two years ago and couldn’t be happier! To celebrate our 60 year anniversary serving the Cedar Valley, we opened the doors to our beautiful, state-of-the-art Academy in March of this year located in the College Square Mall in the exciting town of Cedar Falls. (Go Panthers!)

You may be asking yourself “Why the change?” Redken is the leader in the industry in education and innovation. Not only do they provide ongoing education for students, but the TSPA educators as well. Our staff has been busy over the last two years training with the top Global Artistic Educators from Redken 5th Avenue NYC, like Chris Barron and Dhaniel Doud. TSPA Cedar Falls Educators became Certified Redken Specialists in May of this year. We look forward to continued support and training for the Academy and to pass this knowledge on to our students and guests.

The Redken curriculum teaches students the technical skills, business and marketing skills, guest handling skills and communication skills to better prepare them for their careers. We acknowledge student achievements with our monthly celebrations and presenting of student awards.

In November we will be off to the SPEC Franchise Conference in Phoenix, AZ. We are excited to learn and grow and bring the latest in service to the community.

If you are a graduate of The College of Hair Design or The Salon Professional Academy, send us a shout-out!! You will always be an important part of our family here at TSPA! Thank you to all our current and past students! We are what we are today because of you! And as always, if you know someone looking for a life changing career in an industry of excitement, new trends and innovative work environments, let us know. We are here to assist!

We are excited to open new doors and to continue to offer top notch services to our wonderful guests. Stop in and see us for a service or tour, and see why The Salon Professional Academy is the only Beauty School recognized by Redken for excellence in education!!!

Join the Journey with TSPA!!!