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National Academy of Beauty Arts
National Academy of Beauty Arts 670 Walton Drive Farmington, MO 63640 Phone: (573) 756-2730
  • General Information
    About National Academy of Beauty Arts

    Mr. Schaefer has owned and operated NABA since 1998, graduating from Webster College in 1972 with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Music Education with an emphasis in Vocal Arts and Conducting. After college, he worked as a Musical Director for various professional venues around the mid-west and east coast. Pursuing a passion for natural foods Mr. Schaefer managed a high-end natural foods market in New York City. In the early 1980’s he became Director of Purchasing for a pioneering natural foods market chain in Los Angeles. During his tenure with this company, he was instrumental in the development, sourcing, labeling, manufacturing, and distribution of 100’s of products for the natural food industry. In the late 1980’s, Mr. Schaefer collaborated with friends to open Kathy’s Natural Foods Market in Salt Lake City. Their concept represented an entirely new approach for natural foods marketing to the area. After consulting with major natural food markets around the country, Mr. Schaefer became the Director of a natural foods packaging plant in San Diego. Throughout the 1990’s he was responsible for sourcing organic products from around the world and getting them to market. Besides packaging and distributing for the major natural food markets in the country, he developed natural products for companies like Jenny Craig and Ron Popeel. X At the request of his family, Mr. Schaefer returned to St. Louis in 1998 to take over the operation and management of National Academy of Beauty Arts. In doing this, Mr. Schaefer was able to reignite his passion for education and empowering people to succeed. Mr. Witte has been with National Academy since 1989, first serving as a consultant, and recently as Vice President/Owner. Mr. Witte has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting Degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. After college, he started providing services to Cosmetology and other trade schools, serving hundreds of Cosmetology Schools throughout the country and growing that market segment to the 8th largest Cosmetology/Trade School practice in the United States. Mr. Witte has also served as a Chief Financial Officer for a chain of national schools. Mr. Witte has been a frequent speaker on Financial Aid and Cosmetology issues throughout the Midwest area. In addition, Mr. Witte has served on numerous trade and not for profit Board of Directors, including the Missouri Department of Education (MDHE) Administrative Advisory Board.


    Institutional statistical data was gathered from the U.S. Department of Education - Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, 2009-2010.

    Institution Type
    • 2-year, Private for-profit
    Special Learning Opportunities
    • None
    Student Services
    • Academic/career counseling service
    • Placement services for completers
    Credit Accepted
    • Institution does not accept dual, credit for life, or AP credits
    Religious Affiliation
    • Not applicable
    Federal Aid
    • Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
    Degrees/Certificates offered
    • Less than 1 year certificate
    • 1-2 years certificate
    Campus Setting
    • Town: Distant
    Disability Services Student
    • 3% or Less
  • Admission
    Total Applicants
    Full Time Retention Rate 87%
  • Student Demographics
    Total Enrolled 238
    Native American 0
    Asian 1
    African American 5
    Hispanic 1
    Enrolled FullTime Undergraduates 180
    Enrolled FullTime Graduates

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