The Marinello Schools of Beauty are named after a famous Renaissance man, the 16th Century Italian physician and gynecologist Giovanni Marinello, who today is widely regarded as the father of modern cosmetology. The famous physician wrote a book called The Beautification of the Ladies in mid-16th century and those writings have since been used as an introduction to cosmetology.
The Marinello schools themselves have a history going back to 1903 and were the invention of a famous creator of beauty products, Ruth Maurer, who coincidentally was the wife of a physician. Starting with a school in La Crosse, Wisconsin, the enterprising lady soon created other schools in New York and Los Angeles. Today, Marinello schools are found in Utah, Arizona, California and Nevada.
The Las Vegas campus is located on 5001 East Bonanza Road, Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Marinello Schools provide a wide range of courses meant for individuals who wish to make a career in the cosmetology industry. These programs are broadly divided into hair care, skin care, nail care and massage therapy.
Hair care programs offered by the school cover diverse areas and include hair coloring, cutting, styling and texturizing. Students enrolled in the hair care program also obtain limited classes in skin care, makeup and nail care. As the programs are targeted at students who either want to join paid employment or start their own businesses, the program also offers lessons in salon management.
The colleges skin care programs cover areas such as skin analysis providing information on how to assess skin types which is important in deciding what products to use on a clients skin. Students enrolled in this program also learn how to use various techniques and products to remove unwanted hair from various parts of the body. Additional skin care programs include facials, exfoliation, makeup and body care.
Also offered are several massage therapy programs. With increased appreciation of the positive effects of massage therapy, the demand for massage therapists keeps increasing and several such programs are offered. These include acupressure which is based on traditional Chinese massage, sports massage, deep tissue massage and specialty massage among others.
To prepare graduates of the various massage programs for possible self-employment, the school offers training in business management. Skills taught include marketing, creation of business plans, communication and sales.
The school also offers several manicuring/nail care programs. Students enrolled in these programs acquire skills in the use of nail cosmetic products and also take courses in basic manicure and pedicure. Other nail care programs offer training on the use of artificial nail enhancements and address nail safety issues. Training also covers various creative ways used in nail design as well as common diseases and irregularities in nails. Students taking nail care programs also learn business management.
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A teacher training program is also offered that is aimed at those beauty-care professionals who would like to become teachers in the subject. The teacher training program covers communication, lesson planning, theory and clinic demonstrations as well as classroom management.
Instruction at Marinello School of beauty is a combination of theoretical classroom instruction and real-life experience with clients. To comply with Nevada license requirements, students enrolled for cosmetology certificate must complete 1800 hours while those enrolled in the nail care program are required to complete at least 600 hours.
Marinello Schools are accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences and the school in Nevada is approved by the Nevada State Board of Cosmetology (NSBC).
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Applicants must be at least 17 years old and possess a high school diploma. Applicants without high school diplomas may still be considered for admission when they have satisfactory GED scores. The school also conducts Ability to Benefit (ATB) tests and students passing the tests get admitted to the schools programs.
This school operates a rolling admissions program which enables students to join the school at any time of the year.
International students wishing to join the school are required to attend school full-time. The school does not award degrees and does not accept transfer of credits from international institutions. International students joining the school are expected to be proficient in English as it is the language of instruction at the school. Unlike many institutions, however, the school does not require international students to submit their Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores.
The financial burden can be greatly eased by accessing various forms of financial aid. Aid for students attending the school is available in the form of scholarships, grants and loans.
Several makers of beauty products have set up scholarships to assist students who have chosen careers in the industry. One such company is OPI Products, the makers of professional nail care products. Through the Schaeffer Family Foundation, OPI awards $500 each month to two students enrolled in a Nail Technology/Manicuring program. To qualify for this scholarship, a student must be resident in the U.S. and must submit a 1-2 page essay explaining why he or she desires a career in this field as well as his or her future career goals.
Students enrolled at this school could also apply for the National Coalition of Estheticians (NCE) scholarship which is awarded to students already enrolled in an esthetician program. The amount disbursed per winner is $1,000. To be eligible, a student must maintain a grade point average of 80% and a similar class attendance.
The American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) also awards the Farouk Systems USA/AACS Cosmetology Scholarship which awards 6 students enrolled in a cosmetology program with a $1,000 scholarship. Applications are open to all cosmetology schools but only one award can be made per school.
Scholarships are also available from the Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship Foundation which offers monetary rewards to students enrolled in cosmetology programs. The foundation does not offer scholarships to students enrolled in nail training and esthetician programs and also requires that all applications be received between January 1st and June 1st each year.
Marinello School of beauty is also approved for various Title IV programs by the U.S. Department Education enabling its students to apply for various federal grants and loans.
Through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) students enrolled at the school could apply for the federal Pell grant. The grant is awarded to students with demonstrated financial need who also meet certain other eligibility requirements. Among the additional requirements are satisfactory academic progress and U.S. citizenship.
Students who are Pell grant eligible could also be eligible for the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG). The latter is granted to students whose financial needs are considered exceptional as assessed by FAFSA.
Other sources of financial aid for students are federal loans. The government through the Department of Education offers students subsidized and unsubsidized direct Stafford loans. Parents of needy students can also apply for the Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS).
This school also has arrangements with various private lenders who could provide loan money to students in need. Before seeking loans from private lenders, a student should first exhaust all the federal options available because federal loans are provided at lower interest rates and their repayment terms allow for much flexibility.
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Programs offered here are approved by CIDESCO, the Swiss-based certifier of beauty programs. This certification body has been in existence for over sixty years and has a global presence. Students obtaining training certified by such a body are therefore able to market their skills to a global clientele.
Carrie Petersen earned her Bachelors of Science in Education and a Masters of School leadership at Northern Illinois University. Carrie likes to travel with her husband and two sons.