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LSCS and Farouk Systems, Inc. announce new CHI® school of cosmetology at LSC-North Harris

Grand opening and ribbon cutting set for Aug. 12, 10 a.m. at LSC-North Harris campus 

June 3, 2010, Houston, TX - A unique partnership between Lone Star College-North Harris and Farouk Systems will create the new CHI® School of Cosmetology at Lone Star College-North Harris beginning in the fall of 2010. The distinctive collaboration will bring the world-renowned methods and products of Farouk Systems to the high-demand cosmetology program at LSC-North Harris.

As partners, the college's cosmetology faculty will undergo specialized training at the Farouk Systems headquarters in north Houston. The CHI® School of Cosmetology at LSC-North Harris will use the Farouk Systems methods and its product line, exclusively, in the instruction of students.

“The cosmetology program is consistently one of the most in-demand offerings at Lone Star College-North Harris. Incorporating the innovation and success of Farouk Systems gives our students yet another advantage after graduation,” said Dr. Steve Head, president of LSC-North Harris.

The cosmetology program at LSC-North Harris is one of the college's original offerings and is entering its 37th year of existence. The program offers associate degrees and certificate programs in cosmetology and related specialties, and always has a waiting list. Approximately 100 students graduate from the program each year prepared to enter a rapidly growing field that is expected to employ nearly one million people in the U.S. by 2018.

 “We are enthused about partnering up with Lone Star College System that has an enrollment of more than 62,000 students.  Farouk Systems' mission statement is education, environment and ethics, so we are always trying to find ways to expand our education, and I think this is the perfect way.  We look forward to this partnership and look forward to working with Lone Star College-North Harris,” said Farouk Shami, founder and chairman of Farouk Systems.

“Joining forces with a company that shares our commitment to the economic development of this community, which is clearly the case with Farouk Systems, makes perfect sense for the Lone Star College System,” added Dr. Richard Carpenter, LSCS chancellor. “Hopefully, this is the beginning of a relationship that will be creating new opportunities for our students well into the future.”   

A ribbon-cutting will be held at on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010, 10 a.m. at the LSC-North Harris campus on W.W. Thorne Drive to formally announce the new partnership. Dr. Head, Dr. Carpenter and Shami will be on-hand, along with area elected officials and special guests to celebrate the agreement.

Jason Yates, vice president for Farouk System's CHI® School Program, has been working closely with LSC-North Harris administrators and cosmetology professors to design and implement the new CHI® products and advanced techniques, supplementing the college's already robust program of study. LSC-North Harris program professors will undergo professional development at Farouk System's facilities this summer in preparation for the programs' start in late August.

“We are extremely excited with our new partnership. We believe this will be a great way to give back to the community in a number of ways. First, the LSC-North Harris students will benefit from using the finest environmentally-safe, ammonia-free products for all their training. Also, the instructors will be able to take advantage of ongoing education from us. This, in turn, will enable them to offer a higher level of education to future students,” says Yates. 

According to Yates, instructor and student benefits will also include access to safer and more advanced CHI® products; career opportunities from Farouk Systems for graduates, including the chance to become educators for Farouk Systems and travel within salon networks teaching other stylists what they have learned; field trips to Farouk System's facilities, hair shows and educational seminars; and additional instructional support from Farouk Systems' educators. 

LSC-North Harris Cosmetology Professor, Haddad Huong indicated that the LSC-North Harris students are very thrilled about the new partnership.
“Our program always runs at capacity. Every semester, we have a waiting list of students wanting to enroll.  With the extensive professional resources this new joint venture will bring our students, I envision an even higher demand for our classes,” says Huong. “In addition to new techniques and training, I am looking forward to having industry experts as guest speakers in our classrooms.”

For more information about the new CHI® School of Cosmetology at Lone Star College-North Harris, call 281.618.5425.
About Farouk Systems, Inc.
Farouk Systems, Inc. is a Houston based company that manufactures high quality professional hair care products by CHI® and BioSilk®. Owned and operated by a team of hairdressers, the world-renowned company includes over 2,000 educators and sales its products in over 100 countries.  In 1986, the inception of the company was due to a major breakthrough and it eventually created a revolution in the beauty industry.  Farouk Systems went from inventing ammonia-free color, incorporating silk into hair care products, pioneering CHI® thermal tool technology and hiring a former NASA Senior Scientist. For more information, log onto http://www.farouk.com/.
About Lone Star College System
With more than 62,000 students in credit classes in spring 2010, Lone Star College System is the second largest and the fastest-growing community college system in Texas and the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area. LSCS consists of five colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, and LSC-Tomball, six centers, LSC-University Park, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.

June 3, 2010
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