Northwest College has served customers and educated students since 1976. The excellent reputation of Northwest College goes unrivaled and our students' success rates place us in the top echelon of career colleges in the state of Oregon.
Originally the Milwaukie Beauty School, Northwest College led beauty schools into the 21st century. We relocated in June of 2005 to a brand-new building where we offer students state of the art equipment and facilities located next to the Clackamas Town Center.
Since then, we have relocated the Hillsboro campus to a new and improved location and opened schools in Beaverton, Tualatin, Medford, and Eugene, offering many options for aspiring cosmetologists throughout western Oregon.
At Northwest College we are about making sure our students get the most out of their education, and we strive to provide a fun and valuable education. Beginning in 2012, we will be giving students the opportunity to do hair and make-up at several fashion shows and many other events. We are actively involved in the communities that our school are located in. We partner with the Oregon Food Bank and participate in annual food drives to help eliminate hunger in Oregon.
In 2014, we were nationally recognized by Modern Salon's Excellence in Education Program. Northwest College was selected as the top honoree for Community Involvement, amongst beauty school nationwide. Visit Modern Salon to learn more about the Excellence in Education program by clicking here.
Northwest College has also been featured in Seventeen Magazine, as a Spotlight on Portland Education cosmetology school. Click here to read the Seventeen Magazine article.
We are very excited and hope to see you on one of our campuses soon!
Northwest College students come from diverse backgrounds. Some are fresh out of high school; some are business professionals looking for a career change; and others have worked in the salon and spa industries for years and want to further their education.
But all Northwest College students have one thing in common: a passion for the spa and salon industries.
The core of the curriculum at Northwest College is hands-on teaching of all techniques and skills, practical safety and sanitation skills and business practices, as well as the theoretical knowledge that underlies competency in these related fields.
Northwest College endeavors to expose students to the different styles and experiences of the school's instructors, to acquaint students with a wide variety of equipment, and to prepare them for whatever area of the salon and spa industries they choose to enter.
As of 2012, Northwest College has become very involved with SEMPER Fashion and this means that our students will be given the opportunity to work their fashion events and get experience doing hair and make-up on runway models. In 2013, we are one of the presenting sponsors of the Portland Fashion Week and will be bringing 20 students each day to work backstage! Northwest College also participates in many community events and fashion shows where our campuses are located. In 2014, the Springfield (formerly Eugene) campus was involved in Eugene Fashion Week and Summer in the City fashion events. Most recently, students from Beaverton, Clackamas, Hillsboro and Tualatin were involved in the Abby's Closet event at the Portland Convention Center.
Accreditation by a nationally recognized agency provides assurance that a school is established and recognized as a quality institution, has adequate facilities and equipment, maintains recognized and approved courses of study, and employs competent, qualified faculty. Northwest College is accredited by NACCAS (National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences) and is licensed by HECC (Higher Education Coordinating Commission). Northwest College is a 2014 Modern Salon Excellence in Education Cosmetology School.