North Harris and Farouk Systems Break Ground for New Cosmetology School

North Harris and Farouk Systems expanded their partnership and created the first CHI Lone Star College - North Harris School of Cosmetology with an official groundbreaking event recently. Expected to open in the spring of 2013, the school will be located at a newly-constructed facility adjacent to the CHI manufacturing plant in North Houston.

The new school will transform one of the college's longest-running programs into Houston's premiere destination for cosmetology training.

"Our initial agreement with Farouk Systems was the first of its kind and placed us on the leading edge of community college partnerships," said Dr. Steve Head, president of LSC-North Harris. "With this expansion of our relationship, we can provide students with unmatched resources and unique insight in a highly-competitive and growing industry,"

In 2010, the college partnered with Farouk Systems to provide professional development for instructors, as well as access to safer, more advanced CHI products for students, and expanded career opportunities for its graduates.

Farouk Shami, founder and chairman of Farouk Systems said, "Education is the foundation for success and innovation. This partnership with Lone Star College-North Harris fulfills my dream to give young beauty industry professionals the tools to build not only a career, but a business. We hope this CHI School will be the first of many."

The new venture will capitalize on the world-renowned products and methods of Farouk Systems, along with the college expertise in education and training. Graduates will be prepared to work in the most sought-after industry positions, and have an understanding of both client service and the manufacturing process.

"We expect approximately 35 students in the inaugural cosmetology class, with a total capacity for more than 100 students in the program each year." explained Dr. Head. "In addition, we plan to offer training in related fields such as nails, lashes and massage therapy."

The new school will have a strong emphasis on student career placement assistance, drawing on Farouk Systems' large network of affiliated salons and industry contacts, and will feature a dedicated career placement advisor. Under the agreement, LSC-North Harris and Farouk Systems will also combine to provide $140,000 in scholarship funds for cosmetology students.

"Student success, innovation and partnerships are fundamental to the vision for Lone Star College System," added Dr. Richard Carpenter, LSCS chancellor. "Our work with Farouk Systems has proven to advance our goals in each of those areas, and I expect this new initiative to continue that trend."

Prospective students can request additional information by calling 281.618.1169, or by visiting LoneStar.edu/CHIschool to begin the application process.