Founded in 1979 by Wanda Zachary, Hair Professionals Career College began as a small beauty school in Oswego, Illinois with a class of just 100 students. Prior to opening the school, Zachary spent much of her time in the beauty industry training new stylists. When she realized the need for more than just on-the-job training, she decided to put her expertise as a professional and as an educator into practice.
Through several beauty competitions across the country in the 1980s, Zachary was able to put Hair Professionals Career College on the map, garnering recognition along the way. Our first location opened on what is now our Oswego campus, and the others followed as the school grew over the years. Our Sycamore location opened in 1983 and the Palos Hills campus followed in 1998.
Today, Hair Professionals Career College is accredited by the NACCAS and offers comprehensive programs taught by talented instructors. A proud member of our community, we value the relationships we’ve made over the years as well as the professional partnerships that have helped bring out the best in our students.
Hair Professionals Career College helps students create a fulfilling, flexible career doing what they love. We offer programs for students to become professionals in the beauty industry as well as training for professionals looking to pass on their knowledge as educators. The programs we currently offer include:
Each of our programs is taught by a licensed, experienced instructor. With years of experience in their field, our educators provide individualized guidance and mentorship to students within the programs and references for those well on their way to graduation.
Setting students up for success, our programs focus on hands-on learning from day one. Our instructors and education counselors are dedicated to student excellence in the classroom and on the salon floor. Our unique curriculum is geared toward genuine work experiences, helping students bring theory and practical training together in meaningful ways.
Complete with a reception area and modern workstations, our salon and spa help students develop their skills behind the chair. In an authentic salon atmosphere, students can perfect their technique, build valuable client relationships, and learn how to navigate real-world scenarios before stepping foot into their first job. What’s more, we often host guest speakers who impart their unique perspectives as industry professionals, helping to keep our cutting-edge curriculum current.
It’s here with us that beauty and business come together for our students. We believe future beauty professionals should walk away with not just the technical skills needed for the job, but also with a solid foundation on how to build their business. From mastering their distinct styles as professionals to marketing themselves to clients, our programs include valuable business training that helps our students make a splash in their chosen specialty.
At Hair Professionals Career College, we’re proud to share our story and become part of yours. Let us welcome you to our state-of-the-art facilities. If you’re ready to start your career as a cosmetologist, an esthetician, or an educator, enroll in our beauty school today.
Our knowledgeable staff can walk you through the admissions process, help you find scholarships, apply for financial aid, and more. Connect with us to learn more about our programs in Oswego, Sycamore, or Palos Hills, Illinois.