Finding success in barbering and massage therapy


Oftentimes in a troubled economy, the unemployed or underemployed person doesn’t know where to turn. Jobs are scarce and unstable. One way to combat the challenge is to “invest in yourself.” Education doesn’t go out of style and it cannot be taken from you; a skill or trade is a valuable asset.

Success Schools LLC offers two programs. Each are completed in less than one year with free job placement available.

“We offer the barber course to men and women who want to work in a barbershop, a hairstyling shop, a spa or a traditional cosmetology salon cutting and styling men’s hair and shaving,” said Joe Barsic, director of education.

“It’s a quick, less-than-a-year program that is funded by the Department of Education through Title IV to those who qualify, and most people do qualify for the student grants and loans.”

In the past 10 years, the school has enjoyed a 100 percent job placement of the graduates in the field of barbering. Classes are now forming and start in November.

Massage therapy

The school’s newest program is Massage Therapy and Body Works, a 720-hour program preparing the graduate for a position as a licensed massage therapist. The curriculum for the program prepares the graduate to pass both the state licensure and the national testing. Federal financial aid and free job placement is available for this program.

“We’re now enrolling for this exciting program Monday through Friday from 9 to 3,” explained Nancy Barsic, president. The school will offer free job placement assistance to graduates of the program.

Both the Barber and the Massage Therapy and Body Works programs require a high school diploma or a GED, and an interview. The financial aid professionals will assist those interested in completing an application for federal financial aid. Classes start in November.

Financial aid

To finance an education, there is federal financial aid available to those who qualify as well as the new Veterans Retraining Assistance Program for veterans. The VRAP program will fund education for veterans who have expired Montgomery Program availability, and the application process is very easy. Success Schools LLC accepts the program. There is funding available to attend vocational school now.

Graduates of Success Schools’ barber program work in barbershops and 80 percent of the graduates open their own business within three years of graduating from the program. We expect that the same will be true of the massage and body works therapy program; graduates will work for others and eventually open their own business. “Investing in yourself” is a sure ticket to success — Success Schools LLC that is!

For more information, call (219) 736-9999 or stop by the schools, 8101 Polo Club Drive, Merrillville, or 214 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago.

Provided by Success Schools LLC