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Chandler school founder to head national cosmetology group

December 24th, 2022 SanTan Sun News
Chandler school founder to head national cosmetology group

SanTan Sun News Staff

A Chandler woman has been elected president and chair of rhe American Association of Cosmetology Schools.

Cathy Koluch, president and founder of The Studio Academy with locations in Chandler, Phoenix and Tolleson, was elected to the position at a recent gathering of the association.

Koluch has been in private post-secondary education since 1989. She was appointed to the Arizona Post-Secondary Education Commission by former Gov. Jan Brewer and has been an advocate for career trade schools as a viable option for those who choose not to attend traditional college and universities.

AACS was founded in 1924 and has a rich history of educating and advancing students into the beauty and wellness industry. The national nonprofit is open to all privately owned schools of cosmetology arts and science.

Membership includes cosmetology, skin, nail, barbering, and massage schools. AACS currently has more than 250 school owners as members comprising over 500 schools across the nation.

Tasked with protecting and elevating education in this industry, Koluch said her position requires advocacy at the state and federal level.

“It is important to recognize the beauty and wellness industry as a growing and evolving career path that offers stable careers that leads to flexibility and business ownership,” said Koluch.

The Studio Academy of Beauty was founded in 2006 and offers Cosmetology, Hairstyling and Esthetics education. TSAOB offers financial aid for those who qualify and is approved by the Veterans Administration and Workforce Development.