Empire Education Group Acquires Renowned Westmore Academy

by Empire Beauty School

Pottsville, PA- Empire Education Group, the largest provider of cosmetology education in North America, has acquired The M.G. Westmore Academy of Cosmetic Arts, the first name in makeup education, from its founder and owner, Marvin G. Westmore. Empire plans to rebrand the Burbank, CA school and continue its tradition as an advanced makeup academy for salon, spa, television, motion picture, theatre, runway and session makeup artists at its current location.

Marvin G. Westmore, founder of the Westmore Academy (1981), motion picture and television makeup artist and renowned makeup educator for thousands of working makeup artists today, will remain as a consultant to Empire for the academy. He will also offer consultation on Empire’s makeup program at their Manhattan, NY campus. He will continue to be the curator and leader of the George Westmore Research Library and Museum. Empire will incorporate some of the museum’s artifacts and historical collections into its curriculum.

Westmore is a six-time-Emmy-nominated, third-generation professional Hollywood makeup artist, with more than 45 years in consumer makeup and in the motion picture and television industry. Just some of his makeup credits include Doctor Dolittle (1967), The Buddy Holly Story (1978), Blade Runner (1982), V (1984), V—The Final Battle (1984), Breaking Away (1979), Futureworld (1976), Elvis (1979) and Ode to Billy Joe (1976). He is also past president of the Makeup & Hairstylist Guild, Local 706.

“The Westmore family is truly the first family of makeup in every sense of the word—they even have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as a tribute to four generations’ contributions to their art and craft,” says Franklin K. Schoeneman, Chairman and CEO of Empire Education Group. “Together, the Empire family and the Westmore family will provide working makeup artists, as well as Empire’s cosmetology students, with a new level of excellence and experience in makeup education, increasing their career options after graduation.”

Empire Education Group

Empire Education Group has provided quality in cosmetology education, offering students the finest training tools and facilities. For the past 80 years, Empire has grown to become one of the largest providers of beauty and cosmetology education in North America. More than 20,000 students are enrolled annually, with more than 100 accredited cosmetology schools in 21 states. All locations use exclusive Certified Learning in Cosmetology (CLiC) education curriculum; the company prepares students for successful careers in cosmetology (hair care, skin care, nail care and massage.)

Check the westmore website for more information about the Westmore Academy.

For more information, log on to www.empire.edu

December 27, 2010

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