Milady Partners With Great Clips, Inc. to Deliver Cosmetology Education

Milady, part of Cengage Learning and a leading provider of beauty and wellness learning solutions, and Great Clips, Inc., the largest single-brand salon in North America, today announced a partnership to deliver twelve new business and communication skills classes to cosmetology students throughout the country.

Partnering institutions with cosmetology programs throughout North America are being offered these classes as part of an ongoing effort by Milady and Great Clips to support cosmetology education. Milady has provided the industry with superior educational and business training resources for more than 80 years and through this new partnership, Milady’s trusted course content will be taught by salon owners, general managers, managers and stylists from Great Clips franchises. These salon professionals-turned-instructors are conducting the classes in various schools near Great Clips salons throughout the United States and Canada at no cost throughout 2010.

The classes are 60-90 minute presentations offered monthly by the franchisee to the school. The topics covered in the courses range from soft skills such as tips for team building and developing professional client relations, to business skills such as ways to increase add-on service sales and profits without adding clients.

“At Milady, we recognize the need in the industry for continuous business and soft skills training. Working cosmetologists should continue their professional education and development even after accepting their first salon job,” said Dawn Gerrain, President, Milady. “Through our partnership with Great Clips franchisees and their network covering more than 140 markets, we will be able to reach and educate beauty students and cosmetologists around the country.”

“We are excited to work with Milady to deliver high quality instruction to future stylists and industry professionals, and are pleased that our dedicated franchisees are actively supporting the cosmetology students in their communities,” said Kim Schottler, Director of Industry Relations, Great Clips, Inc.

For more information about Milady’s leading educational and professional learning materials, please visit www.milady.cengage.com. For more information about Great Clips, Inc., please visit www.greatclips.com.

About Milady

Milady, part of Cengage Learning, is the leading provider of beauty and wellness education and has been an industry staple for the past 80 years. Known not only as a provider of pre-licensure resources, Milady offers training and consulting nationwide in various forms for salon and spa professionals, changing the lives of tens of thousands each year.

About Cengage Learning

Cengage Learning delivers highly customized learning solutions for colleges, universities, instructors, students, libraries, government agencies, corporations and professionals around the world. These solutions are delivered through specialized content, applications and services that foster academic excellence, professional development, and measurable learning outcomes. Cengage Learning’s existing company and imprint brands include Heinle, Gale, Wadsworth, Delmar, Brooks/Cole and South-Western, among others. For more information on Cengage Learning please visit www.cengage.com.

About Great Clips, Inc.

Great Clips, Inc., headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., is North America’s largest franchisor under one brand in the $55 billion-a-year hair care industry and one of Entrepreneur magazine’s top 100 franchise concepts in 2009. Established in 1982, Great Clips perfected a system for delivering competitively priced, high quality haircuts to men, women and children in a walk-in atmosphere. The company began franchising in 1983, and today, more than 2,700 Great Clips salons operate in nearly 140 markets across the U.S. and Canada. Great Clips salons are open convenient hours, including evenings and weekends. For more information, directions to a salon nearest you or for franchise opportunities, visit www.greatclips.com.