The Beauty Industry Just Got A Makeover: ROLFS Global CEO, Francis Tesmer, Introduces Lead, the First-Ever College Degree for Beauty Professionals – Yahoo Finance

L’Oréal USA Professional Products Division to Support Lead’s Students with Industry-Oriented Curriculum, Guest Lectures by Experts in the Field, Mentorship, Apprenticeship and Other Career Advancement Opportunities

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Oct. 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — ROLFS Global CEO Francis Tesmer, in collaboration with Mesa Community College (MCC), Arizona State University (ASU) and L’Oréal USA Professional Products Division (PPD), has pioneered the creation and development of Lead, a revolutionary higher-education program that will transform beauty professionals into industry leaders.


The $500 billion beauty industry is reinventing itself, and it demands more leaders embracing innovation and entrepreneurial spirit than ever before. In partnership with MCC, students around the globe can now earn the first ever Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Beauty and Wellness, and then apply to ASU to pursue a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Health, Entrepreneurship and Innovation with an emphasis on personal care. Lead is the only degree program specifically designed with the future of the beauty industry in mind – shaping the next generation of beauty professionals.

Tesmer enlisted L’Oréal USA PPD to provide additional opportunities for Lead students. L’Oréal USA PPD’s vast salon, artist, educator and vendor networks have committed to industry-oriented curriculum support and education content. The company will leverage experts for guest lectures, mentorship, apprenticeship and other career advancement opportunities.

Lead is cost-effective, flexible, and accelerated. Although a cosmetology license is not required, Lead caters to licensed beauticians by awarding up to 30 credit hours toward an associate degree at no cost, allowing the AAS to be earned in as little as two semesters. After earning an AAS, students have access to a continued pathway at ASU where they can earn a BAS, typically accomplished in four semesters.

Lead offers a 360-concierge service and scholarships opportunities to its students. Each partnering institution boasts financial aid options and year-round flexible start dates with the option of taking classes online, on campus, or a hybrid of the two. This versatility allows students to successfully balance their work-life-school schedule.

The world needs highly educated, well-rounded beauty professionals. Encouraging cosmetologists to advance their education will elevate the caliber of talent …….


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