Biggest cosmetology student competition from April 20

April 18, 2008 - United States Of America

Some 3000 cosmetology students are about to descend upon Hershey PA, for Empire Education Group's fourth annual National Competition & Hair Show.

The students, who are the superstar hairdressers, aestheticians, makeup artists, colorists and nail technicians of tomorrow, are competing for valuable prizes while taking educational seminars, networking with industry professionals, learning about the latest products and trends, and comparing notes with fellow students from across the country.

"With last year's merger between Empire Education Group and the school division of the Regis Corporation, this is now by far the largest student competition in the United States," states Frank Schoeneman, CEO, Empire Education Group.

"This is such an exciting and life-changing event for our students, and I'm excited we can offer this opportunity to so many talented future cosmetology professionals."

Beauty school students and faculty from all of Empire's 86 schools will attend the competition which takes place April 20th- 21st.

Finalists, who competed and won in local hair and nail competitions in February, are vying for top prizes in three categories: Long Hair Evening Design, Ladies Trend Cut and Style with Color and Nail Art Display. Awards will also be given for Student of the Year, Educator of the Year, Total Team and Team Spirit.

Winners from each category will earn a cornucopia of prizes such as professional tools and products, international educational workshops, and the opportunity to shadow industry professionals in locations such as Spain, Hawaii, Netherlands, New York, and Las Vegas.

Sponsors include professional hair industry giants such as Matrix, Goldwell and Odyssey Nail Systems. More than 45 vendors are expected to attend and students will not only learn about varying products, techniques and skills but are have an opportunity to explore the many career paths within cosmetology that an Empire education can provide.

Other Highlights include:
- U.S. Attorney, Pat Meehan, will speak about the partnership program Empire Education Group has formed with Cut It Out, a program that educates cosmetology students about identifying the warning signs of domestic abuse.
- Awards ceremony hosted by DJ Alex from this seasons "Big Brother" on CBS.
- Educational seminars for the students and judging for competitions will be led by industry leaders such as; HAIelite, OPI, Goldwell, Matrix, L'Oreal, Martin Parsons and more.
- Live broadcast via the internet of the competition and awards ceremony can be viewed

According to the National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences December 2007 report, "Job Demand in the Cosmetology Industry," there are 1.7 million professional salon employees in the U.S., outnumbering the 1 million lawyers in the nation! The industry has many selling points such as the fact that, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, about 46 percent of those working in the profession are self employed.

And even of those who are not, many enjoy flexible work schedules an ever-growing demand for women (and men!) who are looking to find the perfect work-family balance. And the best part: the industry says it now needs more new professionals than it can supply.

Empire's beauty school students make up a good number of those that are currently endeavoring to find success in this thriving industry, and Empire's National Competition and professional trade-show helps and encourage students to realize the many exciting and rewarding cosmetology career opportunities available to them.