The Story of PCI Academy
PCI Academy began in 1978 as the Professional Cosmetology Institute in Ames, Iowa — the realization of founder Marian Lokken’s dream after a lifelong interest in quality education for her salons.
Decades later, the legacy continues as our students train to become licensed professionals, ready to succeed in the ever-evolving beauty industry. Our educators are genuinely committed to priming students for it all, teaching both timeless, cutting-edge techniques and the vital business fundamentals needed to start a beauty career with confidence.
Whether it be cosmetology, esthetics, advanced practice esthetics, or massage therapy, the skills our students develop allow them to thrive on their chosen paths.