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Exploring Life & Business with Arthur Borner of Borner’s Barber College

Today we’d like to introduce you to Arthur Borner.

Borner’s Barber College, formerly American Barber College, was purchased from the former owner in 1990. In 1994 the college officially changed its name. In 1995 the school moved to 4608 S. Western Ave, Los Angeles, California. In November 2006 the school suffered a massive fire and relocated to 9432 S Western Ave. Currently, the school’s Head-Quarters are located at 8913 S. Western Ave, Los Angeles with additional campuses now in Long Beach and Pasadena! The College is owned by President and CEO Velma Borner and Arthur Borner.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Not a smooth road at all! Last year was geared up to be a big 30 Year Anniversary Celebration of serving the South LA community and then the COVID-19 Pandemic hit which has been a HUGE challenge to navigate. Transitioning to offering a temporary on-line distance learning program for such a ‘hands-on’, vocational trade such as barbering is extremely difficult. However, doing so has provided other learning opportunities as well as giving all of us the chance to demonstrate our resourcefulness and determination to still move forward!

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
The purpose of our school is to build a foundation of excellence in Barbering and to be the preferred source of education within our community by guaranteeing skilled, knowledgeable, technically proficient and professional graduates that love and have a passion for what they do! It is our aim to provide students with the knowledge and technical proficiency that will make them ‘business and industry-ready’ upon graduation and receiving their license. Over and above that, it is our desire for graduate alumni to have grown and developed within themselves to the extent that they contribute positively to any environment they are a part of.

Is there something surprising that you feel even people who know you might not know about?
We are a Veteran as well as minority-owned School that happened to be instrumental in training some of the actors and actresses in the first (Ice-Cube) ‘BarberShop’ movie!


  • Current Program Tution$14,100.00
  • Haircut and other barber/stylist services start from just $10 and up.

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