Student Catalog: Overview

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Tricoci University of Beauty Culture, LLC Overview

This student catalog serves as a basic guide for students and contains descriptions of the policies, procedures, and expectations, which apply to all Tricoci University of Beauty Culture, LLC students. Each subject is a summary of school policies or operating procedures and is provided to give the student general information. Specific questions should be addressed with campus management. This catalog, along with the enrollment agreement, represents the contractual agreement between Tricoci University of Beauty Culture, LLC and the student, specifying the rights and responsibilities of the student and Tricoci University of Beauty Culture, LLC. It is recommended that students read all documents in their entirety. In addition, it is recommended that students visit the Tricoci University of Beauty Culture, LLC website at: for more information.

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture Right to Modify Policies

Review of these matters will be conducted on a regular basis and are subject to change at any time. Tricoci University of Beauty Culture, LLC reserves the right to modify or rescind the terms of the policies described in this catalog for any reason at any time. Any changes will be communicated through the Student Catalog Addendum which will include an effective date of necessary changes.

Our Mission

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture, LLC is passionately committed to providing the highest quality beauty education, focused on ethical leadership, values, innovation and advanced skills. We prepare students to succeed with their state exams and begin rewarding careers in the beauty industry. We believe success for our students and associates results from our people-centered culture.

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture Alternative Names

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture, LLC may hereinafter be referred to as “Tricoci University of Beauty Culture” in this Student Catalog.

The Tricoci University of Beauty Culture’s Culture of Professional Excellence

You will often hear us refer to the work of concept of culture. There are many definitions of culture. In a professional services firm, culture is a set of shared attitudes that characterizes that group of people. At Tricoci University of Beauty Culture we believe that we are not just teaching how to “cut or color” hair. We believe that we are mentoring the next generation of leaders in the beauty industry. We take this responsibility seriously. Tricoci University of Beauty Culture upholds a culture of “professional excellence.” We believe our students and associates are the role models for the beauty industry. We have a set of principles that define our culture, which are patterned after the FISH! Philosophy (we encourage students to read the book, by Stephen C. Lundin, Ph.D., Harry Paul and John Christensen):

1. BE PRESENT: Not only are you required to be here physically but you must also be present mentally. You must choose to demand professional excellence of yourself every day. It starts with you being prepared to receive knowledge, practice skills and push yourself beyond your comfort zone.
2. MAKE THEIR DAY: This is an industry solely dedicated to making people feel good about themselves. Show appreciation for your peers, your teacher and your clients. Recognize what you do and say impacts others. Remember that small things count: a smile, a laugh, a pat on the back.
3. PLAY: You can be serious about your work without taking yourself so seriously. Play is a mindset more than a specific activity. It allows you to throw yourself with enthusiasm and creativity into whatever you are doing, in a way that is natural, not forced. “Playing” with ideas helps you find solutions to everyday challenges.
4. CHOOSE YOUR ATTITUDE: Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” Your attitude every day is a choice. It affects your success here at Tricoci University of Beauty Culture. It affects your success in this profession. Your attitude affects everyone around you. Good and bad things happen every day, but you can always choose your attitude.

We all must remember that leadership is a choice. You make that choice when you choose Tricoci University of Beauty Culture. The culture of professional excellence is a habit. To assist you in developing the habit of professional excellence, we have designed standards to help you create and understand your own professional ethics as you begin your exciting new career. Time and time again we have students who visit us and say, “I get it now.” Trust Tricoci University of Beauty Culture’s culture.

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture Owner and Executives

Mario Tricoci – Founder & Member

Italian-born Mario Tricoci began his career at an early age, and advanced within his profession throughout the international beauty industry. Mario participated in numerous national and international competitions and gained significant notoriety.

Mario began his American hairstyling career in 1960 in the Chicago area. In 1963, Mario opened his first salon in Villa Park, Illinois and eventually moved to a larger location in Des Plaines, Illinois. In 1977, he created a new salon brand, opening the first domestic, privately owned salon in a major shopping mall (Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, IL). The business flourished and new locations were added. In 1986, the Mario Tricoci Hair Salon and Day Spa in Arlington Heights, IL became the first Day Spa in the Midwest. By 2001, Mario Tricoci had 26 salon locations throughout the Chicagoland area, Ohio, Kansas and Missouri. In the spring of that year, Mario merged his salons with Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas where he remains an active member on the Board of Directors.

Currently, Mario is President of Foundation Guillaume, a sub-organization of Intercoiffure Mondial. The purpose of the Foundation Guillaume is to foster young hairstylists on an international level, bring the youth closer to the Intercoiffure family and make them familiar with their culture and habits.

At Tricoci University of Beauty Culture, Mario provides leadership in positioning the institution at the forefront of the industry. In addition, Mario is actively engaged with students, graduates, the salon industry and Tricoci University of Beauty Culture associates.

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture Owners and Executives

TU Holding Company, LLC (Concentric Equity Partners II LP) – Owner
MT University Manager, LLC (Mario M. Tricoci) – Owner
Ross Bravo – Chief Executive Officer
Thomas Marek – Executive Vice President of Finance & Development
Stacie Hendrickson – Vice President of Compliance
Lisa Chambers – Vice President of Human Resources
Heather McBreen – Vice President of Enrollment
Carmen Rivas – Vice President of Student Finance
Krista Smith – Vice President of Marketing
Lina Alvarado – Executive Director of Education
Gabriela Santana-Blackburn – Executive Director of Curriculum Development

Professional Affiliations and Agencies for Licensure

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture is licensed by the states in which it operates campuses. In addition, Tricoci University of Beauty Culture is accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences (NACCAS). Tricoci University of Beauty Culture also participates in certain professional associations. These organizations, along with contact information, are listed below.

If a student would like to receive a copy of the Tricoci University of Beauty Culture’s licensure, accreditation or other credential, they should request the specific information from the Enrollment Advisor or Campus Director.

Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (Licensure Agency)

320 W Washington, 3rd Floor
Springfield, IL 62786

Indiana Professional Licensing Agency, State Board of Cosmetology Examiners (Licensure Agency)

402 W Washington Street, Room W072
Indianapolis, IN 46204

National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Science, Inc. (NACCAS; Accrediting Agency)

4401 Ford Ave., Suite 1300
Alexandria, VA 22302

American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS; professional association)

15825 N. 71st Street, Suite 100
Scottsdale, AZ 85254-1521
FAX: (480)905-0993