Why Choose LJIC

Industry Leading Programs of Study for Almost 50 Years

La' James International College has a history for innovation and excellence. We are an industry leader in concept, appearance and the ability to fulfill our mission to ENROLL, EDUCATE, GRADUATE and PLACE.

No matter which program you have selected for your personal JOURNEY TO SUCCESS – Cosmetology, Massage Therapy, Esthetics or Nail Technology – LJIC offers you the opportunity to embrace the vision, transform your desires into goals and your time into results!

LJIC has graduated thousands of students and helped place them into rewarding health and beauty careers. We have been a family owned and operated business for almost 50 years and we will be around for years to come – so you can rely on us, even after you graduate.

Watch below to see what our industry partners have to say about the reputation LJIC has built over the decades.

For more on the history of La' James International College click here.

Cosmetology 3 day or 5 day - Graduate the same day!

La’ James International College gives students the opportunity to choose a Cosmetology program with a Blended 3 day schedule or a Traditional 5 day schedule to fit their needs. Whether you choose the Hybrid 3 Day or 5 Day Program you can still graduate in about a year!

What is a Cosmetology 3 day blended online? Students attend practical hands-on training 3 days a week on campus. Students complete the theory education online outside of the scheduled 3 days on campus. The practical hands-on training starts simultaneously with the online course. The Cosmetology Hybrid 3 Day Program with online education is an effective way to receive the highest standard of Cosmetology education and training from an INDUSTRY LEADER!

Why Choose Cosmetology 3 day Online?

  • More time for work and family
  • Prefer learning and working independently
  • Online Theory Educator
  • 25 hours hands on practical per week on campus
  • Earn up to 750 hours online
  • Experience Blended Learning

Why Choose Cosmetology 5 day Traditional?

  • Traditional classroom environment
  • Theory bookwork education completed on campus
  • Learn better in group face-to-face classroom
  • Prefer face to face time with Educators
  • 35 Hours per week on campus of theory and hands-on practical
Top Educators

La' James International College has a history for innovation and excellence in educating students and giving them training and skills they need to stand out in the health and beauty industry.

At LJIC we maintain a 15 to 1 student to educator ratio or better so you get the time and personal attention you deserve.  We want students to feel supported by our educators to ensure our students are able to pick up concepts quickly in a supportive environment.  Students are not just a number in a classroom at La' James International College.

Be Your Own Boss!

LJIC invests in your success after graduation by teaching you the skills you need to be Business Savvy in the real world! La' James International College has included these 3 Business & Marketing courses to help you achieve success in the Health and Beauty Business.

Getting Loaded In The Beauty Business - The ONLY Financial Education Course Exclusively for Health and Beauty Students!! – What is Getting Loaded in the Beauty Business? It is a financial and career education program that has only one goal: To ensure students meet their financial commitments and succeed in their careers.

Milady Standard Business Fundamentals – What is Business Fundamentals? It is a 12-week business training program designed to help you become better prepared to succeed in the professional industry. The systems taught in Business Fundamentals are time tested and proven methods used successfully by salon and spa professionals. You will learn the tools top professionals use to ATTRACT CLIENTELE, INCREASE SALES, GROW YOUR INCOME, and be better prepared for immediate success upon graduation.

La’ James International College Seven Standards- What is LJIC Seven Standards? They are 7 habits that are proven to help salon and spa professionals in providing top rate customer service to their guest. To run or be a part of a successful salon or spa, you have to know how to attract clientele and retain that clientele.

Earn an A.A.S. Degree in Health and Beauty Management

Do you want to stand out as a Health and Beauty Business Professional? Do you dream of being your own boss owning your own salon or spa?

Take advantage of this La' James International College exclusive opportunity to apply LJIC hours as credits towards a two-year associate’s degree in Health and Beauty Management at Iowa Central Community College. This program is designed for salon and spa students seeking additional education in business and management.  The Health and Beauty Management degree is an ideal continued education option for those interested in self-employment or owning and operating a salon or spa.

The combination of  BOTH LJIC Diplomas in Massage Therapy and Esthetics or a LJIC Diploma  in Cosmetology along with the state license for Massage, Esthetics or Cosmetology give you the bulk of the credits you need towards your AAS degree. This leaves you just 18 credits to complete through Iowa Central Community College to earn your AAS degree in Health and Beauty Management.

You can begin taking classes on campus at ICCC or online through ICCC while in high school, while enrolled, or after graduation from La James International College

ICCC courses required to complete an A.A.S. degree in Health and Beauty Management

  • Business Communications*
  • Business Mathematics*
  • Principles of Management
  • Human Relations*
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship

*Course may be substituted with a related course from either AA, AS or Approved General Education list for Applied Science and Technology.  Credit award is based on the determination of Iowa Central Community College.

Multiple Program Licensure

At La' James International College we give students the opportunity to double their potential to be in demand and to be twice as appealing to employers. LJIC offers students multiple program transfer hours from program to program which saves time and tuition to obtain multiple licenses. In addition to a tuition savings LJIC also offers a scholarship to students who enroll in multiple programs consecutively.

Hours completed at La' James International College are applicable to your goal of becoming a multi-licensed health and beauty professional. There are no unnecessary courses designed to drag out your time or drive up costs. LJIC is dedicated to giving you the skills it takes to succeed, without spending years in school. You could be working as a multi-licensed professional in 2 years or less!

State of the Art Campuses

La' James International College realizes health and beauty education doesn’t happen entirely inside the classroom. We offer students real world experience in busy Salon Clinics and TRUE Day Spas. LJIC students gain hands on experience with real clients in our state of the art campuses under the guidance of licensed instructors.  Students not only work in dynamic facilities but they are provided professional quality products and equipment. It is LJIC’s mission to graduate students who feel confident and fully prepared to enter the professional world.

LJIC also gives students the opportunity to mentor with our industry partner professionals. Mentoring allows students to find their ideal place in the health and beauty industry prior to graduation.  LJIC also welcomes salons, spas, health & wellness professional to interact with students on campus throughout the academic year.


Transform yourself with Travel!

La’ James International College offers student educational trips to New York City and opportunity to attend the America’s Beauty Show in Chicago. Traveling with LJIC takes you one step closer to becoming distinctively different!

Chicago is the host city for America’s Beauty Show (ABS); one of the largest industry trade shows in the nation! ABS is everything related to the health and beauty industry, including the latest trends in hair, skin, nails and spa! While at ABS, students have the opportunity to see platform artists and world educators, such as Nick Arrojo and Stephen Moody to name a few; while browsing the booths for all the latest products and tools in Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nails and Massage. LJIC also arranges a dinner boat cruise on Lake Michigan where students enjoy the Chicago skyline, a meal and dancing.

New York City is known as one of the trendiest cities in the world; it is the perfect destination to learn more about the health and beauty industry. While in NYC, you will have the opportunity to see amazing and inspiring places and experience other cultures. Students take a Double Decker Bus Tour through Central Park, Time Square, The Empire State Building and Greenwich Village! The bus tour also includes a ferry ride past Staten Island to view the Statue of Liberty. After the ferry the group stops in Chinatown and at the World Trade Center Memorial Site. Students join the crowds in Rockefeller Center to watch the taping of the TODAY Show. In addition to taking in the tourist sights of NYC; LJIC arranges 2-day training with our industry partners.

As a LJIC student traveler your enjoyment and educational opportunities are our top priority. We take every step to ensure that students have time to relax, meet new friends and experience the cities to the fullest.

Become a Trendsetter at LJIC Trend Vision!!

La’ James International College celebrates Trend Vision every October at the Adventureland Palace Theatre in Altoona, Iowa.

Trend Vision is LJIC’s annual student conference and competition that gives students the opportunity to compete in and experience a high energy, real world runway fashion show atmosphere.

Students from all eight campuses across Iowa, Nebraska and Illinois can participate in a variety of themed category competitions and each of LJIC’s campuses compete for the School Spirit Award. LJIC Trend Vision is a hair, nail and makeup competition. Students can choose to enter and compete not only for bragging rights, but for amazing student prize packages. The FINALE of the day is the announcement of the Overall Grand Champion trophy and prize pack which is awarded to the individual student competitor for their overall complete look of hair, make up and nails.

LJIC Trend Vision is also known for its high energy atmosphere and inspirational speakers, such as CND Founder and CEO Jan Arnold, the Up Do guru Martin Parsons, CEO and Founder of Repêchage Skin Care Lydia Sarfati, as well as local Iowa native, Dean Banowitz. Not only does LJIC have amazing guests, but there is also free prize giveaways, a Career Expo, and Industry Partners; who come to represent and support the Health and Beauty Industry such as Wella, Rusk, Repêchage and CND.

Students look forward to this La' James International College event each year!! It is an amazing opportunity for students to nurture and explore their creative talents!! And celebrate this FABULOUS and FUN Industry!!

Our Industry Partners

La’ James International College takes pride in graduating well rounded professionals by not limiting the student’s knowledge of one product line. At LJIC we work with a variety of industry partners to give students experience with different options available in the health and beauty industry.

Our Industry Partners also assist LJIC in giving students the opportunity to participate in additional classes like the CND Path to Perfection nail class and Satin Smooth Advanced Waxing class. These classes are an opportunity for students to nurture and explore their creative talents and broaden their skills.

La’ James International College has built a reputation of quality and professionalism over the decades with our industry partners. These partnerships open doors of opportunity for our students and alumni.

Watch below to see what industry partners have to say about the reputation LJIC has built over the decades.

Alumni Benefits – Job Placement & Free Continuing Education

Only at La’ James International College will you receive FREE Lifetime LJIC Continuing Education for our Graduates. LJIC works with Industry Partners to provide fun and fresh Continuing Education classes at all 8 campus locations. To view our current LJIC Continuing Education Schedule click here.

Looking for the salon or spa that is the right fit for you? LJIC can assist you with that too! La’ James International College partners with a variety of salons and spas throughout Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska.   We also assist graduates seeking licensure outside of Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska. To view local job listing click here.

After graduation, LJIC provides the graduate a premium membership to Bloom-this includes access to an auto–generated resume featuring a digital portfolio listing to the job seeker board, individual consultation of the resume and portfolio, and connections to top salons and pros around the country.

Tech Savvy – Jump-start your career with Shairlook!

La' James International College gives students a Shairlook tablet in their student kit. What is Shairlook?

Click here to learn more!


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