Rophi Retreat owner Maryanne Jorgensen will open Central Queensland’s first beauty college in February.
Rophi Retreat owner Maryanne Jorgensen will open Central Queensland’s first beauty college in February. CHRIS ISON CI

Rophi Retreat: CQ's beauty college

ASPIRING beauticians can scratch their travel plans to Brisbane next year as Rockhampton now has its very own beauty college.

Rophi Retreat owner Maryanne Jorgensen has been dreaming of a local college for two years and come February it will become a reality.

Part of her clinic in Elphinstone Street will be transformed into classrooms for full-time, part-time and casual beauty students – making it CQ’s first-ever beauty college.

And Maryanne couldn’t be more excited about the prospect.

Maryanne said for years she had noticed there was a demand for a beauty college in Central Queensland.

She said apart of some services that TAFE offered, many people opted to commute to Brisbane for 12 months study.

Maryanne said a college degree was highly valued in the beauty industry.

Her beauty college, which has not been officially named, will provide a range of national government-accredited courses from Certificate II in Beauty Therapy to a Diploma in Beauty Therapy.

A Distance Education option will also be available for students across the region.

“It’s been a while in planning and to try and make it a reality,” Maryanne said yesterday.

“We’ve made a lot of changes here to accommodate.

“Courses will also be competitive to Brisbane colleges – local students won’t be disadvantaged.”

Maryanne, who will be one of the qualified teachers, said general courses would also be offered in all types of massage as well as advanced courses for already fully qualified therapists.

She said the college will not only benefit students, but other local beauty businesses that won’t have to send their staff far for advanced training.

Anyone interested in up coming courses in February can call Rophi Retreat on 4926 3386.



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