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Grand Rapids Walker School

Empire Beauty School in Grand Rapids Walker, MI
  • Empire Beauty School
  • 455 Standale Plaza
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49534
  • 616-735-9680
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Grand Rapids - Walker Area Beauty School - Empire

Join the exciting beauty industry as a licensed cosmetologist. The Empire Beauty School in Grand Rapids, MI offers a rare combination of advantages to advance your career. The Grand Rapids location offers you a cosmetology education with all the support to start your training.

Empire Beauty Schools are accredited* which holds us to a higher standard of quality.

Empire’s fun and interactive classes are conducted by trained and licensed beauty educators. Our Grand Rapids school has a student salon where you will work on real clients while you learn to build your own book of business.

If you want a career with unlimited potential for creativity, flexibility, and making others feel more beautiful the world of beauty is the perfect place for you.

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Why Empire?

  • Experience: Empire has over 80 years of experience in cosmetology education
  • Unique: Certified learning in cosmetology (CLIC) includes mannequins , textbooks, and special tools that all work together to enhance your learning at Empire
  • Interactive: White board technology and digital textbooks make learning more visual, easy, and fun
  • Accredited: National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences ( NACCAS) accreditation
  • Advanced: We’ll help you get licensed, opening new opportunities
  • Affordable: Our accreditation enables us to help students get federal financial aid

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About the area

The Empire Beauty School of Grand Rapids, MI, can be found at the intersection of Lake Michigan Drive and Kinney Avenue NW, about 5 miles from the 196 Expressway.

Walker Empire Beauty School has been educating and training future beauty professionals since 2000 at this state-of-the-art school. Parking is available for commuting students, as is public transportation from the Rapid Bus Line. Students have access to convenient shopping and local restaurants such as Meijer, Wendy's, McDonalds, Arby's, and Applebees. Area day care centers include Bear Hugs, Walker Child Care and Children's Garden Child Care, which offer child care services for working parents.


Empire Beauty School's cosmetology education programs include technical training, as well as learning the business side of the industry. Students develop fundamental and advanced skills throughout their training. Listed below are the programs that are offered at the Grand Rapids Walker, MI beauty school. For more information on these programs, please visit our Consumer Information section.

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In the Cosmetology program at the Empire Beauty School in Grand Rapids, MI : The program includes several areas of focus including hair design, hair cutting, color, texture, basic skin care, and more.

Cosmetology Educator

In the Cosmetology Educator program at the Empire Beauty School in Grand Rapids, MI : The cosmetology educator program focuses on educational techniques, instructional techniques, lesson plan development, team building and more.


Our cosmetology school in Grand Rapids Walker, MI has regular events for the students. Check out some videos of cosmetology students and staff at the Grand Rapids Walker Empire Beauty School.


The Grand Rapids Walker Empire Beauty School has received both industry honors, and recognition as a high performing school within the largest system of cosmetology schools, the 110 campuses of Empire Education Group. Several Empire Beauty School locations all around the country, as well as Empire Education Group as an organization, have also received several Modern Salon’s excellence in education awards for outstanding achievement in cosmetology education.

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Community Involvement

Grand Rapids Empire Beauty School students have the opportunity to participate in local events benefiting the community as well as contributing to real-world training. Some of these events include day of beauty services for local patrons, fundraising benefits and more. Proceeds from Empire's National Day of Beauty event benefits raising awareness about domestic abuse. The students also may participate in local and national competitions, as well as the school's own beauty shows to highlight the students' skills and talents. Empire's Future Professionals Expo offers students exposure to the beauty industry, as well as beauty workshops headed by industry professionals, mentoring and students also are able to network and interview with salon leaders and representatives to further their career objectives. Flexible evening classes are available at this location.

Upcoming Class Start Dates

Grand Rapids, MI 49534 October 26, 2015
Grand Rapids, MI 49534 November 16, 2015
Grand Rapids, MI 49534 December 7, 2015

Success Stories

"I grew up in Detroit, but didn't want to work in factories or go to college. I used to draw hairstyles onto characters in comic books, and one day tried to sell them at a salon. The salon owner did me the biggest favor of my life and told me I was a hairdresser and just didn't know it yet. I've never looked back, after appearing as a platform artist and working in hairstyling for advertising and magazines. It's a great, fun career."

Rob Willis

Empire FPE Judge and Hairstylist/ Editorial Consultant, Detroit, MI