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Skills USA State Competition 2018

Skills USA Colorado State Competition for Cosmetologists, Barbers, Estheticians, and Nail Technicians was held at International Salon and Spa Academy on April 19th.   Students from International Salon and Spa Academy’s High School and College programs participated. Each student had to present a prepared resume, take a written Skills USA knowledge test, and a written knowledge test for their program.  Each Cosmetology and Barber student had to complete an updo style, a 180 degree long layer haircut with style, a 90 degree haircut with style and a men’s clipper fade cut and style. Estheticians completed a basic facial, basic makeup, and fantasy makeup.  Nail Technicians completed a basic manicure, Acrylic demonstration, and Nail Art.

ISSA Barber college student Dalton Rozell won 2nd place for Barbering

ISSA Esthetic college student Kjersten Roberts won 2nd place for Esthetics

ISSA Hairstylist High School student Madison Heimlich won 1st place for Cosmetology.

ISSA High School team won the leadership competition for Opening and Closing Ceremonies.  This team consisted of Madison Heimlich, Jamie Allen, Daisy Pavon, Katherine Norton, Norma Morales, Alondra Hermosillo, and Mackenzie Mahla

Madison will be competing at the Skills USA Nationals in June in Louisville Kentucky.

Congratulations to all of our participants and winners!

May 2018 Careers in Motion Event

Careers in Motion – our twice a year student/alumni/industry professional engaged career fair was held May 1, 2018.  76 salon/spa/industry partners with 167 professionals were onsite to conduct interviews, watch technical demonstrations, and network with the current students and 24 alumni that were present.  The event takes months of planning and preparation by the students.  They create their industry friendly resumes, portfolios, and practice their technical skills so that they are ready to meet their potential employers.

Some current students and alumnus were interviewed and hired that day.  Others scheduled interviews and have since been hired.  It was a fun event and everyone was able to network and gain experience with others in the industry

Thank you to all the students, alumnus, industry professionals and partners, and staff who participated.  We truly appreciate your dedication and support of this wonderful industry!

May 2018 Salon and Spa Specials

May is a busy month. Take time out of your crazy schedule for a little pampering at International Salon and Spa Academy.

Updo special – $15

Highlight with 20 foils – $25

Brow or lip wax – $3

O2 facial – $20

Men’s basic pedicure – $10

One Minute Manicure – $2

Prom Make Over Special continues – $65, includes updo, makeup with take home makeup palette, spa manicure and pedicure with take home polish

Student of the Year

CACCS Student of the Year

International Salon and Spa Academy is proud to announce that our Cosmetology student, Jennifer Means, has been selected as the Colorado Association of Career Colleges and Schools’ Cosmetology Student of the Year!

Jennifer Means started at International Salon and Spa Academy on June 7, 2016. She came in with inspiration and a plan for her future. She felt that the Cosmetology industry was limitless, and that there were no boundaries or limitations within the industry.

She works hard and leads her fellow students by example. Jennifer shows leadership skills with many of our younger students. She also helps with tutoring students that are having trouble passing their written exams. If a student needs help with anything Jennifer is always there. Her academic and attendance performance is admirable.

Jennifer has won two scholarships while she has been with us.  The first one was from Rosie Rewards and the second from Great Clips.  She is popular with the clients and has built many client relationships.

Jennifer is in pursuit of happiness “because we know you have to love what you do”. She loves the beauty industry, and when you love what you do, the rest is easy.


July 2017 Specials

Show your Independence and style with these sizzling July specials!

Shampoo, style and flat iron – $15

Manicure/Pedicure combo – $30

All waxing services – 25% off

Men’s Signature facial shave – $8


  1. Shampoo, cut, style, shellac, 1 hour facial, makeup application – $25
  2. Shampoo, cut, style, shellac, color or highlight, makeup application – $75
  3. Shampoo, cut, style, shellac, makeup application – $10

All services performed by students under the direct supervision of certified instructors

Specials valid July 2017. Not valid with any other special, discounts, promotion, offer, or coupon

Red, White, and Blue Friday Sale

Red, White, and Blue Friday – Like Black Friday, except it’s in July!

Start your July off right by saving BIG! Come join us Friday, July 7th for our second annual Red, White, And Blue Friday sale.

When you purchase a gift card in any amount, we’ll match that amount to double your purchasing power.
Offer valid Friday, July 7, 2017 ONLY!

November 2016 Specials

Fall is in the air and the holidays are coming. Take advantage of our November specials to keep yourself relaxed and looking great!

Max Facial – $23 Buy one get one free – Polish and perfect dull skin
O2 Facial – $45 – Buy one get one free – Luminous skin
Iluma Facial – $23 Buy one get one free – Improved skin tone
Free cut and blow dry style with all regularly priced hair color or texture services
Full set of Acrylic nails – $10

November 25 is Black Friday. Buy a gift card in any amount and we’ll match it to double your purchasing power!  (This special is ONLY available November 25 from 8:30am-4:30pm)

All services performed by students under the direct supervision of certified instructors

Now Open Sundays!


Do you need a little “you” time?  Tired of watching football? We have the solution for you!

We are now open on Sundays from noon to 6pm.  We are offering our full menu of services*. Call 719-597-1413 to make an appointment or just stop by! We look forward to seeing you.

*All services performed by students under the direct supervision of certified instructors.

Ms. Vickie – CACCS Faculty Member of the Year

Congratulations to Ms. Vickie Andres as CACCS Faculty Member of the Year.  Each year, Colorado Association of Career Colleges and Schools selects one faculty member from hundreds of nominations to be awarded Faculty of the Year.  This year International Salon and Spa Academy’s very own Ms. Vickie was chosen. 

Vickie’s commitment to teaching and training her students is unsurpassed.  Vickie took over as Director of our Esthetics program over 5 years ago. With hard work and determination she has created a program that is sought after by persons not only in the Colorado Springs area but across Colorado.  Vickie continues her education every chance she gets.  Vickie’s commitment was recognized by the owners of Image Skin Care Products. The owners of the company asked her how do you do it?  Vickie replied  “I love what I do and who I do it for”.  Vickie’s career goals are simple:  be the best and stay the best.  Vickie strives for excellence in herself and her students daily.  Vickie has taught students in our program as well as teaching over 30 instructors how to teach Esthetics.  Vickie’s work is never done.  Vickie not only works with our Estheticians, she works tirelessly with our Cosmetologists, Hairstylists, Barbers, and Nail Technicians.

Vickie represents the Academy in every education event she can find.  Vickie’s students come back to visit with her and spend time with her.  Vickie has two students who return to deliver education in her classroom on products that they now endorse and are sales representatives for.  No task is too small or too big for Vickie.  All any of the staff, students, or clients need to do is ask for her help and she is there for them.  Vickie teaches us all how to work together, play together, and create a culture that is kind, considerate, and selfless.  

Congratulations Ms. Vickie!ms-vickie

Skills USA news

Congratulations to Emily Saffen and Kaitlyn Hardy who received first and second place in the Skills USA State Hairstyling competition on April 7. Both students are high school seniors in the ISSA  Area Vocational Program. Everyone at ISSA is so proud of you and we know you worked very hard for this honor.

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Kaitlyn will attend the Skills USA National Championships in July, accompanied by her instructor Ms. Penny.  Great Clips, Salon Centric and Academy School District 20 are all helping sponsor Kaitlyn at nationals. We LOVE our industry partners and thank them so much for their support!

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SkillsUSA State winner going to Nationals

SkillsUSA State winner going to Nationals

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SkillsUSA Championships

The SkillsUSA Championships are competitive events showcasing the best career and technical education students in the nation. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels.

This is a multi-million-dollar event that occupies a space equivalent to 16 football fields. In 2015, there were more than 6,000 contestants in 100 separate events. Nearly 1,500 judges and contest organizers from labor and management make the national event possible.

The philosophy of the Championships is to reward students for excellence, to involve industry in directly evaluating student performance and to keep training relevant to employers’ needs.

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