Cumberland Times-News

November 21, 2013

Beauty schools under investigation but open

From Staff Reports
Cumberland Times-News

— CUMBERLAND — The International Beauty School campuses in Cumberland and Winchester, Va., were visited by federal authorities Wednesday — but no one is saying why.

“We were at both schools yesterday,” said Catherine Grant, spokeswoman for the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Education, on Thursday. “That’s all I can tell you. When more information becomes available, I will make it available to you.”

Local authorities apparently were not involved with the federal activity at the school’s location at 119 N. Centre St., according to a C3I spokesman.

A woman at the Winchester campus who declined to be identified said, “We are open for business and everything is going fine. All the students are here and doing what they need to do and we have customers.” She said the Winchester campus opened in 2009.

The Cumberland campus was also open Thursday. A sidewalk sign with dangling balloons at the front entrance announced a new class would begin Dec. 9.

“We’re up and running,” said an employee who declined further comment.

According to the International Beauty School website, Tri-State Beauty Academy, founded in 1969, was purchased by International Beauty Enterprises in 1982 and changed the name to International Beauty School. In 2003, International Beauty School-Cumberland was acquired by MD Educational Services, LLC.

The main campus is located in Cumberland with an additional campus located at 808 Berryville Avenue in Winchester.