About Us

building-frontDon and Leila Cohoon founded Independence College of Cosmetology in 1960; their daughter, Linda Clifford, now directs the college. The college enjoys a national and international reputation for quality education while taking an active role in the local business community. Courses are offered in esthetics, cosmetology (which includes nail care), and instructor training. Interested students, friends and/or family members are invited to tour the College Tuesday – Saturday, 8:30 – 3:00, by making an appointment with an Admissions Representative.   Please call 816-252-HAIR (4247) x303,     OR      text to 816-878-4247.

Job Possibilities in the Industry

The cosmetology industry offers a variety of positions with a wide income range. Positions include make-up artist, salon manager, hair designer, educator, business owner, product sales representative , esthetician, spa owner, cruise line stylist and platform artist. Individuals in the spa and salon service industry have the opportunity for flexible hours, setting their own schedule and working full or part time. The industry is always thriving and jobs are readily available. In fact, the US Government has said the cosmetology industry is one of the most promising for job security. The public always has a need for personal services. It is one of the few industries where a licensed professional can take a leave of absence and still easily rejoin the industry at a later time.

Our Curriculum

Independence College of Cosmetology utilizes the Pivot Point education system, which is the most widely accepted cosmetology training system in the world. It has been translated into 13 languages and is used in 70 countries. Pivot Point uses a methodology that allows learning at the emotional, visual, analytical and manual levels. Our delivery tools are interactive, providing students and educators with the most current in-depth knowledge of art and design theory as well as practical exercises and communication skills. Professionals in the industry appreciate the scope of Pivot Point training and are ready to hire graduates immediately because of it.


For the esthetics course, we follow a curriculum set up by CIDESCO, the international organization for esthetics training headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. This curriculum encompasses topics which include skin analysis, custom facials, make-up, body treatments, full body massage, manicures, pedicures and hair removal. We have expanded our curriculum to include microdermabrasion, which has become a popular service in the beauty industry. Many of our graduates have obtained work with dermatologists and plastic surgeons as well as in day spas and salons

Why Me?

You deserve a successful career. Discover how you can quickly enter the beauty industry and take control of your future with our courses. Graduates of our programs step into this field thoroughly prepared. To discover a career that never goes out of style, contact us today.

We invite interested students, friends and/or family members to tour Independence College of Cosmetology, Tuesday thru Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.   Please make an appointment with an Admissions Representative by calling 816-252-HAIR (4247) x303,    OR  text at 816-878-4247.

Our Certifications

Independence College of Cosmetology certifications:

  • The second college in the U.S. to qualify for CIDESCO certification
  • Licensed by the Missouri State Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners
  • Accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences, recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the national accrediting agency for cosmetology schools
  • Member Missouri Association of Cosmetology Schools (MACS)
  • Member American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS)

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