Simply The Best

Are you curious why our students and graduates believe The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA) in Altoona is the best beauty school in Central Pennsylvania?   We are happy to share the facts, awards, and recognitions that have people singing our praises and referring students to our Academy.

First, The Salon Professional Academy in Altoona has been recognized by the professional beauty and product brand Redken 5th Avenue NYC with the REDKEN Diamond Academy award for our excellence in education every year since the award was introduced in 2014.  As a Diamond Academy, TSPA Altoona must demonstrate a commitment to, and delivery of, Redken’s advanced education protocols and standards, which is confirmed by a rigorous examination of our facility, systems, curriculum and staff!

Second, in 2017 the Blair County Chamber of Commerce awarded our Academy the Excellence in Small Business for our entrepreneurship, technology in our classrooms and business developing skills for our students.  We are the only beauty school in the area to have received this award in the past decade.

Third, we have an Award-Winning Team!  The Salon Professional Education Company (SPEC), which has 30 franchised beauty schools nationwide, has recognized the TSPA Altoona team multiple times over the past five years.  In 2016, Kim Hofer, our owner, was recognized as SPEC’s Operations Director of the Year.  In 2018, our Dynamic Duo of Michelle Fogal and Kayla Shook were recognized as SPEC’s Admissions Director of the Year and Financial Aid Director of the Year, respectively. Their outstanding teamwork is now a franchise-wide template to other franchisees as to how their roles intertwine and support prospective students.



So, if you are thinking about a career in the beauty industry, you should come in and visit with our award-winning team.  Our welcoming culture and learner-focused approach to education is truly different and designed to appeal to today’s students.  You want and deserve an incredible education and environment – you will find it at The Salon Professional Academy in Altoona, PA!

We are here to help you begin your path on an amazing journey!