Busting 5 Big Myths of Online Education

It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has turned education upside down. Every day more schools move some or all of their classes online. Whether it’s called “remote learning,” “distance learning” or “eLearning,” they’re all basically the same thing –  education that takes place via the Internet. Online education can include K-12 education, career education, and college degree programs. But there is a lot of misinformation out there about online education. These are some of the biggest myths about online learning and why they’re wrong:

 Online classes aren’t as good as traditional in-class learning. Studies show that online students perform better on standardized tests. Online students often have more time to complete assignments, which means that online education programs are often more effective than traditional learning.

  • Employers don’t respect online degrees. Fake news. Now that even Ivy League universities offer courses and even whole degrees online, employers can no longer deny that online education can be just as good as traditional degrees. Most employers now don’t care where you earned your education. They just want you to have the skills needed for the job. In many cases, your degree or certificate won’t even indicate whether you earned your degree online or not. 
  • You have to be a genius to manage the technology. Completely false. New technology makes online learning very user-friendly. Often, you can even participate in online classes right on your cell phone! Schools offer training guides and other resources to make your learning process as easy as possible, no matter what Learning Management System (LMS) the school uses. 
  • Online courses are easier. Another total myth. Schools have reputations to uphold. This means their online courses have the same course goals, the same curriculum, and often the same instructors as traditional courses. In fact, some people find online education can be more challenging because a student might need more self-motivation, but the flexibility of online education makes up for that. 
  • Students in online classes don’t get enough attention from faculty. Untrue. From emails and telephone calls to private Zoom meetings, online education offers more ways for students to interact directly with instructors than traditional classes. Education expert Dr. Lisa Collins explains this, “When you teach in a traditional classroom, you need to worry about every student in that class during that specific time period when you have all of them together. In the online environment…You can dedicate your attention to a specific student.”

 In short, it seems that nearly everything people believe about online education is wrong!

 So, if you want to start a new career, or learn a new trade, don’t let misinformation hold you back from starting your new online education today!

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Why Not Try Beauty School During Your Gap Year?

Turn Your Gap Year Into An Experiential Education Learning Money Making Skills

Many people had never heard of a gap year when Malia Obama, eldest daughter of former President Barack Obama, took one after high school to travel, volunteer, and complete an internship. A gap year” is a break between high school and other forms of education, and it’s increasingly popular as today’s students make more careful choices about their futures.

This is even more true now that the COVID-19 pandemic has made many students reconsider moving into a dormitory at a traditional college. Alternative plans such as beauty school have emerged as practical and productive options for education after high school or when changing careers.

Why is beauty school a popular gap year choice?

  • Save money: College costs have increased more than 25% in the past decade. Beauty schools are far less expensive.  Students may qualify for financial aid, the education takes less time than college, and students finish with skills that can lead to employment!
  • Freedom of Choice: Beauty school certificates come in many fields: you can earn one in cosmetology, esthetics, manicuring, and more!
  • Build Your Resume: Beauty school helps you gain the professional experience that employers want in your trade and in customer service through required practice hours.

A gap year spent learning a trade at beauty school can be both productive and profitable!

Cosmetology Requirements: Learn What It Takes to Become a Cosmetologist

What Does It Take to Become a Cosmetologist?

Are you the first one of your friends to try a new hairstyle or lipstick shade? Are you always doing someone’s hair color in your head? Do strangers tell you they love your hair, nails, or make-up? Then it’s time to consider cosmetology school!

The good news is that just about anyone can get into a cosmetology school.

Here’s the scoop on cosmetology school requirements what you need to do to get into cosmetology school, and the classes you’ll need to take to become a salon ready Redken cosmetologist:

  • A high school diploma or G.E.D: Cosmetology schools require a basic education to get in and you must have either a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Age requirements: Cosmetology schools admit people of all ages and backgrounds. However, the state of Texas requires our students to be 17 years of age. It’s the diplomas or G.E.D.s that future stylists need to have in order to get into cosmetology. 
  • Basic English skills: All kinds of people enroll in classes, but courses at TSPA are taught in English. The ability to follow along in basic English will help you do well.
  • Pass basic classes: To get your certificate or degree, you’ll take fun courses on hair cutting and styling, skin care, make-up application, and more.
  • A passion for the job: If you love to style your friends and help others discover their own beauty, you’ll love your cosmetology courses!

With cosmetology programs available near you and online, you can get started on your new career today! Contact Jessica in admissions. Get started now, book a live or virtual tour. Don’t Forget To Ask About The $15,000 Beauty Changes Lives Scholarships That Can Help You Graduate Debt Free!


Reopen letter to Students, Staff and Guests

Dear Students, Staff and Guests,

We have a target date for reopening The Salon Professional Academy Dallas.

June 1st, students will return to the campus.  We are targeting a June 10th to reopen to the guests in the Student Salon Training area. We have been working on protocols for reopening considering the CDC requirements, AACS recommendations and now ultimately the state requirements that must be followed.  As we have reviewed this information, we are finding that we teach most of the processes that the state is requirement, we now have no choice to follow these processes, they are now required.

TSPA will look different when you return.  We must act differently as well.  As much as I want to wrap my arms around each and every one of you, we must refrain for everyone’s best interest.  So, no hugs, high fives and congregating in the halls, breakroom or outside.  Social distancing is a must. Face masks are a must, so go ahead and order a cute one to wear, please make sure it is family friendly.  There will be no requirements on them, only that you wear one.

Please know that the decisions that we have made to reopen have been made with your safety in mind.  We will be observing all the new protocols for safety and ask for your patience and involvement where needed to apply some of these new tasks.

Ultimately our goal is to get TSPA opened again so that you can complete your education. We have almost met the limits of online learning that can be accomplished right now.  This is a hands-on career and many of you have expressed your desire to get more hands on, this will allow for all students to get the practical education that TSPA believes is important to your education.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me, ageleske@tspadallas.com or 972-420-7036.

Here are some of the new protocols…

Employees, students and guests will be asked to leave if any of the following symptoms are new or worsening:

Cough, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, Chills, Repeated shaking with chills, Muscle pain, Headache, Sore Throat, Loss of taste or smell, Diarrhea, Feverish of greater than 100 degrees

Known contact with a person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19

If you have any of these symptoms you will be asked to leave.

You can return to TSPA when all three of the following criteria are met:  at least 3 days have passed since recovery (no fever without medication), improved symptoms (Cough better, breathing better), and at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

If someone has symptoms of COVID-19 and does NOT get evaluated by medical professional or is tested, the person is assumed to have COVID-19 and may NOT return to TSPA until the 3-step process listed above is followed

If someone has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and wants to return to TSPA before completing the self -isolation period, they must obtain medical professionals note clearing them for return on an alternative diagnosis.

If you have been in contact with a person that is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 to return to work until the end of the 14-day self-quarantine period from the last date of exposure

EVERYONE will have a temperature check when they enter the building with a non-contact thermometer

Everyone will be asked to wash their hands and/or use a hand sanitizer when they enter the building

No walk-in clients will be allowed – they may call in using the number on the door and see about availability.

Only the guest being serviced is allowed in the building, no family or friends, unless a minor child is receiving services.

Guests will wait in their vehicles until the student is ready to begin the appointment

Employees, students and guests will be required to wear facemasks as possible for all services.

Guests are not to handle retail-if interested they should request information from an employee or the student service provider

As much as we love all the guests that come to TSPA, we have to ask to eliminate all contact that is not necessary for an appointment-example, hugs, high fives, yes, we miss them too!

If gloves are not worn for the service, hands must be washed before the service.  If gloves are worn, they need to be disposed of changed between each guest.  If someone touches their face, nose, eyes, cell phone, door, credit card or any surface that has not been sanitized, gloves need to be changed or rewash hands with soap and water

Disposable supplies will be used when available

All surfaces must be wiped down and sanitized between use including computers, phones and credit card machines.

Workstations, shampoo bowls, chairs, treatment tables must all be fully sanitized after each service as always. Shampoo bowls and manicure tables will also be disinfected before each guest.

Electrical equipment needs to be wiped clean and disinfected before each use.

All clean and disinfected tools and materials shall be stored in a clean, dry, debris free environment when not in use

Clean and disinfected tools and materials must be stored separately from soiled tools and materials.  Non cosmetology supplies must be stored in your locker.

Floors must be swept and cleaned between each guest and cleaned at the end of the day.  All trash must be emptied each day and plastic bags replaced

Please be patient with us-this is new for all of us and we want to make sure that we are teaching and adhering to all the protocols.

Cannot wait to see yawl soon!

Employment Opportunities: Jobs in the beauty industry

Beyond the Salon: The Wide World of Beauty Careers 

If you want to have as much fun as Queen Latifah in Beauty Shop, then a job in a salon is a great option. But did you know that there are countless opportunities in many fields for those with in-demand cosmetology skills?

 What can you do with a cosmetology career?

  • Entertain: We love J.Lo, but let’s face it: J.Lo would not be J.Lo without her team helping her maintain her look! Skilled cosmetologists are in demand across the entertainment industry.
  • Teach: Share your passion for hair and beauty by becoming a beauty school educator!
  • Travel: Take your skills on the road in your own mobile hair salon or as a stylist on a cruise ship!
  • Sell: Work for leading companies like Redken, L’Oréal, Mizani, and Revlon after you learn the business in cosmetology school!
  • Write: Write blogs and articles on new products, tools, and techniques for major beauty companies.
  • Heal: Help people with chronic illness by becoming a beauty consultant to hospitals and treatment centers.
  • Style: Work behind the scenes in the exciting worlds of fashion shows, photo shoots, and television shows!

 A cosmetology education can open doors in multiple industries, so what are you waiting for? Start today! Book your virtual tour with Jessica: 972-420-7036


Access to Online Education: Are Online Cosmetology & Beauty Schools a Better Way to Go?  

Stuck at Home? Start a New Cosmetology Career!

In an uncertain world, you can still take steps toward your future no matter where you are today! Start your cosmetology career online and get a head start on a new career from the comfort and safety of your own home!

TSPA knows that students want the best education they can get. That’s why TSPA now offers temporary online cosmetology and beauty school certificates and licenses.

What are the benefits of TSPA’s online cosmetology and beauty school programs?

  • Start any time. New classes start regularly, so there’s no need to wait!
  • Accessibility: All you need is an internet connection and you’re ready to start your training!
  • Variety: You can learn techniques in many areas, including cosmetology, esthetics, nail technology, business management, and marketing.
  • Financial Aid: Online students may qualify for all kinds of scholarships, grants, and loans. More financial resources may be available during this time.
  • Program support: Online students benefit from the same support as on-campus students, including help with financial aid to questions about technique.

Our modern style of education appeals to all styles of learning. TSPA knows that there are no limits to what you can do and is now providing temporary online cosmetology programs* to help you achieve your goals no matter where you are! If you’re looking for a cosmetology school that is best for your style of learning, book your virtual tour with our admissions counselors to put your future into motion.

Considering online? Online might be new to you so we outlined some pointers that will help make this new style of learning that much easier! – tips for online education!

DEMAND GROWS FOR TRADE SCHOOL GRADS: Is Cosmetology a Good Career Choice?

A Cosmetology Degree is Your Path to a Better Future!

According to Forbes, America needs trade school graduates now. A career in the beauty industry could be your ticket to financial security!


The beauty industry is worth $523 billion dollars. The average American woman even spends nearly a quarter of a million dollars on hair and make-up in her lifetime!

That’s why the job outlook for cosmetologists, barbers, hairstylists, and make-up artists is better than any other field right now. The need is so great that you can start working and earning as soon as you complete a short trade school certificate in cosmetology!

How can you cash in on this trend?

  1. Investigate the different skills you can develop. You can become a hairstylist, make-up artist, skincare specialist, and more.
  2. Search for trade schools in your area or online to see what’s available.
  3. Talk to admissions counselors to find out what program is right for you.
  4. Enroll in a program at a trade or cosmetology school. Programs are short and affordable, and available in all areas of cosmetology.

An affordable trade school certificate can put you on the road to work in no time. If you want a career path with a stable financial future, consider enrolling in a cosmetology program! Start School From Your Home – Online learning has begun. Book your virtual tour with Jessica: 972-420-7036

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Congratulations Janelle Jacobson! – National Educator Competition Winner

At TSPA Dallas, we’ve always known that our Educators do their very best to inspire and train the next generation of successful artisans in the beauty business. So today, we’re thrilled to announce that our very own Janelle Jacobson is being rewarded for her incredible talent as an Educator. Janelle has been recognized among all the educators in The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA) brand of beauty schools operating across the country, by winning the 2019 National Educator Competition!

TSPA franchisor SPEC (Salon Professional Education Company) Director of Education, Kerri Schultz had this to say: “Janelle’s passion and dedication is unsurpassed. It shows through her smile as well as her tears. She has an amazing commitment to this industry, and to the high level of education that she brings to each student. Janelle is consistently investing in herself through continued education to elevate her knowledge so she can pass new ideas on to her students and her team. Everyone at SPEC is very proud of Janelle, her dedication to elevating the student experience, and to providing these new professionals the tools they need to succeed in the beauty industry.

Said Anna Geleske owner of TSPA Dallas: “Janelle is highly regarded by our staff, her students (they love her…), and by our guests! We’re absolutely thrilled she’s won this well-deserved honor. Thank you Janelle for being the best!!”

To hear more about what inspired Janelle to become an Educator and pursue her dream, watch her video below. And, if you’d like to meet Janelle and become part of her amazing class, contact us for a tour.

Admissions 972-420-7036

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Beauty Changes Lives Summer Scholarships!

Beauty Changes Lives Foundation is looking for people to help with Scholarships for their education!

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2019 Summer Scholarships Reminder!




You have until JULY 31st to apply to our Summer Scholarships! Don’t miss out on your chance to further your career & take your skills to the next level with education! With 5 different student scholarships & 3 different licensed professional scholarships


▪ Arnold Miller Find-A-Way $15,000 – Cosmetology STUDENTS
▪ Sydell Miller Total Image $15,000 – Esthetics + Make-up STUDENTS
▪ Art of Haircutting $5,000 – Cosmetology STUDENTS
▪ Art of Haircoloring $5,000 – Cosmetology STUDENTS
▪ Art of Hairdressing $5,000 – Cosmetology STUDENTS

Arnold Miller Find-A-Way $15,000 – Cosmetology STUDENTS


Sydell Miller Total Image $15,000 – Esthetics + Make-up STUDENTS


Art of Haircutting $5,000 – Cosmetology STUDENTS


Art of Haircoloring $5,000 – Cosmetology STUDENTS


Art of Hairdressing $5,000 – Cosmetology STUDENTS


▪ CND Master Licensed Nail Tech Scholarship $1,000- LICENSED Nail Technicians
▪ Horst Rechelbacher Sustainable Success $2,200- LICENSED Cosmetologists
▪ Horst Rechelbacher Oncology Skincare $2,000- LICENSED Estheticians

CND Master Licensed Nail Tech Scholarship $1,000- LICENSED Nail Technicians


Horst Rechelbacher Sustainable Success $2,200- LICENSED Cosmetologists


Horst Rechelbacher Oncology Skincare $2,000- LICENSED Estheticians


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