Western Beauty Institute (http://www.wbi.edu, http://my.wbi.edu) is celebrating fifty (50) beautiful years in 2009. Western Beauty Institute was founded as the San Fernando Beauty Academy in 1959. Expanding from the Panorama City campus, WBI grew and opened the Lancaster campus in 2005. Today, nearly 600 San Fernando and Antelope Valley students attend courses in Cosmetology, Esthetics (Skin Care), Nail Technology (Manicuring), and Barbering that start each week and run year-round. The schools feature full-service salons with services performed by students under the direct supervision of qualified instructors. WBI graduates have gone on to become hair stylists, make up artists, salon managers, salon owners, CEO’s of beauty salon chains, platform artists, colorists, and medical skin care professionals. The beauty school is accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences (NACCAS) and is approved for the training of veterans.