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Going against the norm of life after high school

Livia Brancheau Senior at ADM Highschool
Livia Brancheau Senior at ADM Highschool

The norm is to go to a four year college and play out a career through that whether it is instate or out of state, but the new normal is pushing yourself outside of the box and going for your dreams even if it is something different to other peoples plans. Many more students are pursuing education or careers within cosmetology, trade, internship or working right off the bat.

Livia Brancheau is a senior here at ADM and is going to pursue one of those different routes after high school. She is going to go for her love of styling hair in cosmetology school at PCI Academy.

PCI stands for Professional Cosmetology Institute, they are committed to empowering their students to thrive in the beauty and wellness industry. The company was brought into light in 1978 in Ames, Iowa by the Lokken Family. They became one of the first Redken endorsed schools and pioneered the integration of Summit Salon Business Center Curriculum, which are online course classes for cosmetology to help build success. PCI has been open for four decades now and has since opened in Plymouth, Minnesota and Iowa City. They train not only in cosmetology but also Esthetics, Advanced Practice Esthetics and Massage Therapy, with 45+ years of training the best and the brightest.

As of right now they have 3,950 graduates and counting, some things that set them apart from other schools, beside their great success is, flexible schedules, exam free coverage, business training, one on one coaching, job placement assistance, and free continuing education. At PCI they offer hands on technical help in your specific field and they also enrich your business skills to make sure you are well trained to elevate your career in the beauty and wellness industry.

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” Were more than just a beauty and wellness academy, were a gateway to realizing your dreams and achieving your goals”- PCI


I sat down with Liv and asked her a couple questions about her decisions and position to go to PCI.

Why PCI?

” I chose PCI because I wanted some independence and have somewhat of a college experience and my own hairstylist went there for school and she said all good things about it, I also heard that it was better than Aveda which is another popular cosmetology institute.”

What are you most excited for?

“On my Instagram reels I always see hair videos and I always enjoy doing it for myself and doing my own hair, it is always my favorite part of getting ready in the morning, it’s something different and I’ll have a different atmosphere than a school environment. So I’m excited for that change.”

Why cosmetology?

” Normal college is so expensive and I don’t know what I would do if I went to college so I thought why spend all my money on something I’m unsure about when I know I enjoy doing hair.”

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