Our mission is to facilitate professional preparation, professional development, and a responsibility of our students as they prepare for a career in massage therapy, cosmetology and esthetics. Our students shall accomplish this through academic studies, diligent practice, and community involvement.
Our passion is our students. We strive to provide the best possible training with leading edge techniques at a price that saves people thousands and thousands of dollars compared to many options. We are all about helping people to help others while making a great living for their families.
To change people’s lives by giving them a hands-on vocation that helps others. Our vision is also to lead our students to become “Preferred Hires” for the employment community. To a large extent, we are achieving this vision every day.
Blue Cliff also believes strongly in an individual’s intellectual freedom and respect for individual belief systems as well. Our approach to education reflects the physical, intellectual, and spiritual components of holistic development emphasizing the personal touch and personal support of each individual student as they pursue their vision of success.
Our Christan Perspective
The school is a welcoming and comfortable place to be where students and guests can enjoy an atmosphere of kindness & family without judgement. The college prides itself in being Christian, but loving everybody of every faith and belief system. We welcome and value each person regardless of their world views including: Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Atheist and more.
We have History with Blue Cliff dating back to 1993, and have been in Mobile since 2000. Blue Cliff Career College of Mobile, Alabama was founded in 1997 and has since grown into what we believe to be one of the most respected and innovative Spa Training centers in the nation. In June of 2000, the school was purchased by R.M. Denney.
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Luis is one of the most talented and unique instructors in the nation. His training and experience is nothing short of incredible. Mr. Carreras was trained 6 years by Russian’s in the country of Cuba. He was an training to be an Olympic athlete when he was injured and then discovered a God given passion for the healing arts of massage & physical therapy. He became an Olympic coach and an Olympic massage/physical therapist. Luis integrates and teaches students a wide variety of massage therapy and healing modalities including: Russian Sports massage, Medical massage, Shiatsu – acupressure and Ayurvedic healing medicine and much much more. In his body mechanic classes he also teaches some yoga, pilates and other physical exercises. Luis teaches like a coach and has tremendous passion and joy in his classroom. His graduates are changing lives on a daily basis.
Dr. Robert Saxon, DC
She has had a passion for the field of Cosmetology for over 29 years where she has worked in various full service salon settings. Teaching with Blue Cliff since 2009, she brings to the students excellent skills including cutting styling and hair color. She is the kind of instructor that is excited to deliver to the students the skills needed to thrive in the field. She gets great joy having her graduates come back sharing all of their success stories. She is a firm believer, that “Your Success” is “Our Success”. She is delightfully and pushes her students to maximize their learning and reach their potential.
Kayla has diverse experience working years in salons and perfecting her techniques and gaining certification in. Many professional products such as, Redken, Paul Mitchell, L’Oreal Professional and many more. She has a dynamic presentation style that captivates her students and thrills her clients. She has been sharing her skills with Blue Cliff students for the last 2 years.
Cosmetology & Esthetics Instructor
Paula Jones is a passionate, hard working instructor teaching students real world techniques & knowledge she gets from her own private salon. Paula has been a cosmetologist for 30 years. She maintain a comprehensive understanding of the hair care industry and business operations. She is an ambitious, hardworking, knowledgeable, highly skilled, team spirited, and self motivated instructor and entrepreneur Ms. Paula owns Paula’s Hair Unlimited and she has been an instructor for Blue Cliff Career College for several years. Ms. Paula won the Eagle award from the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce in 2007. She also won the Minority Business Woman Award and was on the advisory board for the Black Student Union at University of South Alabama.
LMT. Massage Instructor, Campus Director
Fonda brings to Blue Cliff a vibrant positive enthusiasm which is quite contagious. She works in Financial Aid, teaches massage therapy and Health & Nutrition. She is a 2002 Blue Cliff graduate and has been practicing and teaching massage students for over 14 years. She was educated in Greece, Saudi Arabia and Alabama. She is such an inspiring instructor that it is not uncommon for her students to want more and more of her teaching and to want to train through breaks and past dismissal time.
Lauren Gavin Rose
LMT. Massage Instructor
Lauren is a highly accomplished graduate of Blue Cliff’s 2004 class. Lauren has been a successful and has won many local awards including Nappie – Best Therapist. She also has worked on professional athletes and has worked as the team therapist for the Bay Bear’s Baseball team. As a therapist she has worked in salons and spas, have had my own massage studio, and worked as an independent contractor in my private practice at a local sports facility. Most of her private practice is focused on sports injury treatment and therapeutic clinical massage. Lauren is athletic, enthusiastic and passionate about massage.
Director of Education
Jerilyn J. Ladnier
Assistant Director of Education
Financial Aid Officer
Sarah has helped students at Blue Cliff since October of 2009. She has has worked in customer service in the banking and insurance industries for many years. I also studied business and education at the University of South Alabama. Since coming to Blue Cliff I have worked as receptionist, Student Services, Job Placement, and finally Financial Aid. She is the primary manager of the Financial Aid Office and she enjoys helping people get the right funding for the education. She has a true gift at producing regulatory documents and sophisticated excel spreadsheets. Quickbooks is also one of her close friends. She handles numbers with a smile.
LMT. Massage Instructor
Massage Instructor, Campus Director
Richard has been practicing and teaching massage for over 23 years. He has worked on 1995 Olympic athletes, professional volleyball players and has done significant amounts of massage in corporate settings. He has over 20 years of Education including a Finance degree and a masters degree in management. Richard graduated from Blue Cliff in 1994 and has opened up and managed 5 currently unaffiliated Blue Cliff Colleges. He is currently the Campus Director and President. He always starts his classes of with lively music (often 80’s), he has no rhythm, and tries to stump his students with “funny” riddles.