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About Avancé

As a bilingual college Avancé Beauty College proudly offers classes in Spanish and English to accommodate the needs of our students.  The college is accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences in both Spanish and English.

Our Educational Goals and Objectives of our Training Program are:

  • To design an atmosphere conducive to learning.
  • To educate our students to be professional, knowledgeable, and skilled Cosmetologists, who will be fully prepared for the State of California licensing examination and also highly employable.
  • To aid the student to feel the confidence they need as they transition from the school to the work environment by providing education, positive reinforcement, and support.
  • To maintain programs which are constantly updated, providing students complete knowledge of the latest professional techniques.
  • To promote the continuing educational growth of the faculty and students using the latest teaching methods, techniques and advisory services.
  •  To offer years of experience, patience, enthusiasm and expert knowledge of all phases of Cosmetology and related subjects.
  • To ensure the institution remains an integral part of the post-secondary educational community, and is separate and distinct from any occupational facility service.


Avancé Beauty College is a family owned business that first opened the doors for students on February 13, 1985. Mrs. Files was the original owner and a remarkable woman with the highest standards.  She left behind a legacy for her students in the community.  The college is continuing to operate under the same high standards by Sharon and James Duckham,

Mrs. Files’ daughter and son-in-law, and their children.  The strength of Avancé Beauty College is the commitment of the family, the staff, and the graduates, whether they are current staff members or proud alumni. Their willingness to help the College achieve its aim for superior education in the field of Cosmetology is our legacy.


The strength of the college is its aim for superior education in the field of Cosmetology.  Not only is it an exceptional facility operating as a post-secondary educational institution of over 5,000 sq. ft., but it eludes charm and physical appeal with a relaxing atmosphere. We have one of the lowest students to teacher ratios available in the industry.  We provide a wide variety of special classes to further the knowledge of our students.  This experience and instruction prepares the students to qualify to take the State Board licensing examination for Cosmetologist, and to obtain gainful employment in the Cosmetology industry. The college has job placement assistance though employment and salary base are not guaranteed.  Students are provided opportunities to meet with potential employers prior to graduation. The college is approved by the State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology as a training institution to qualify graduates for the State licensing examination as a Cosmetologist.

Our intimate setting allows us to focus on the quality of education that we provide to our students in the atmosphere of a professionally owned cosmetology business.  Our intentions are to be the finest school that highlights personalized education.  Generations of families

have attended this school and still continue to return to enroll their children.  Graduate students return to teach in the school, provide support to the students, serve on our Advisory Committee to counsel and give back to the community.

Avancé Beauty College is centrally located between the 805, the 5 and the 905 freeways for easy access.  The bus stop is at the corner of the college campus.  The college campus is a block from Montgomery High School and a shopping center with a CVS, Starbucks, Bank of America, Chevron and several other conveniences.

The college facilities consist of a large freshman room, theory room, large clinic area, four restrooms, facial area, freshman student lockers, lockable trolley and vanities, lunch room, conference room, reception area and offices.  The classroom area emulates the atmosphere of a professionally owned cosmetology business where students get hands-on experience performing hair stylist, facials, and manicures on patrons.  This experience and instruction prepares the students to qualify to take the State license examination for cosmetologist, and to obtain gainful employment in the cosmetology industry.