Cosmetology school opening in Normal

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NORMAL — A cosmetology school is scheduled to open in March at the former location of Lincoln College’s cosmetology program.

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture is renovating the space at 755 W. Raab Road. Student applications are being accepted but enrollment can’t begin until the facilities are completed, said Krista Smith, Tricoci’s vice president of marketing and communications. That work is expected to be done in mid-February.

The Normal campus will offer programs in cosmetology and esthetics. It will be the school’s 16th location.

Tricoci already has campuses in Peoria, Danville and Urbana in central Illinois and “we felt like we could come and bring our offerings to the Normal area,” said Smith.

There also are Tricoci programs elsewhere in Illinois and in Indiana and Wisconsin.

The full-time cosmetology course takes 10 to 12 months to complete. It focuses primarily on providing hair care, including cutting, coloring and styling, said Smith.

The full-time esthetics program takes about six months and focuses primarily on skin care, including facials and makeup as well as specialty spa services, she said.

Starting in June, after the first students have had about three months of training and practice on mannequins, the facility will offer services to the community at discounted prices, said Smith.

Smith said the company’s other schools generally have about 100 students and they expect the Normal campus to grow to that size, although it might start with about 60 to 80 students.

Tricoci is leasing the site from Lincoln College, which ended its cosmetology program in 2016.

Lincoln College continues to offer its Accelerated Bridge to Education program in Normal, but has eliminated other programs there.

Lincoln College President David Gerlach said the college ultimately would like to sell the property and rent the academic space it needs.

As part of the planned transition, Lincoln College has signed an agreement with Core 3 property management to oversee its former student apartments. Those four-bedroom, full-kitchen apartments are getting ready for rental, Gerlach said.

He hopes that having the apartments rented and Tricoci leasing the cosmetology building will make the property more attractive to a purchaser.

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