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Paul Mitchell Schools Honored in Modern Salon's 2017 "Excellence in Education" Program

MODERN SALON Media has named the 2017 class of “Excellence in Education” honorees in its seventh annual program recognizing leadership and best practices among cosmetology schools. Paul Mitchell Schools were chosen to represent excellence in all eight categories, and they took top honors in Facilities, Nails, and Technology:

  • Facilities:
    Winner: Paul Mitchell Schools
  • Nails:
    Winner (tie): Paul Mitchell Schools
  • Technology:
    Winner (tie): Paul Mitchell Schools
    Finalists: Paul Mitchell The School Esani; Parisian Beauty Academy, A Paul Mitchell Partner School; Paul Mitchell The School Houston
  • Community Involvement:
    Finalists: Paul Mitchell Schools; The Temple, A Paul Mitchell Partner School
  • Marketing Innovation:
    Finalists: Paul Mitchell Schools; The Temple, A Paul Mitchell Partner School
  • Next Level: Alumni Programs
    Finalists: Paul Mitchell Schools; Paul Mitchell The School Esani
  • Placement:
    Finalists: Paul Mitchell Schools; Paul Mitchell The School Esani
  • School Culture:
    Finalists: Paul Mitchell Schools; Parisian Beauty Academy, A Paul Mitchell Partner School; San Francisco Institute of Esthetics and Cosmetology (SFIEC), A Paul Mitchell Partner School

MODERN SALON Publisher Steve Reiss announced the honorees during the AACS (American Association of Cosmetology Schools) 2017 convention in Las Vegas on October 21.

Honorees were determined based on key criteria in each category, and grouped according to number of locations. Two honorees were chosen in each category—one individual school location, and one multi-location school organization. Finalists were also chosen for each category.

“We received applications from cosmetology schools across the country and look forward to celebrating all the 2017 Excellence in Education honorees and sharing their stories," said MODERN SALON Editorial Director Michele Musgrove. "It is truly a great time to pursue a beauty education and career, and the program at Paul Mitchell Schools exemplifies that fact.”

"Even with all of the challenges facing beauty schools, I cannot think of too many other ventures I would want to put my passion and time into. We love the world of education, and we love the difference we get to make on a daily basis in the lives of our future professionals. To receive an accolade along the way is the icing on the cake," said Paul Mitchell Schools Dean and Cofounder Winn Claybaugh.

Sharing stories of innovation, inspiration and collaboration from a diverse group of leading schools is an important part of MODERN SALON’s “Excellence in Education” mission, Musgrove explains. “We want to help spread the word about the exceptional work cosmetology schools are doing to help launch beautiful careers. We hope the professional salon industry and their communities will join us in celebrating them.”


2017 Excellence in Education Winners 

2017 Excellence in Education Finalists 

Nails Magazine: Nail Schools Honored with Excellence in Education Awards

Excellence in Education 2017: Best Practices from Nails Top Honorees 

Excellence in Education 2017: Best Practices from Technology Top Honorees

Excellence in Education 2017: Best Practices from Facilities Top Honorees


Written By: Gail Fink, Paul Mitchell Schools

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