History of Capri College

Owner and founder, Charles Fiegen, began Capri College with a vision to develop high quality, employable graduates. “Investing in our educators is our obligation,” Fiegen says. One way we do this is by sending Capri instructors around the country to cutting-edge training to bring the latest and greatest back to our students.

For almost 50 years, Capri has strived to put our students needs first and to make sure that our students are receiving an excellent value for their investment. That they truly have a career for life.

  • 1966 – Capri Cosmetology College, formerly Mr. Terry’s University of Cosmetology, was established on February 20, 1966 by Charles Fiegen and Edward Bisenius in Dubuque, IA.
  • 1969 – Due to downtown Dubuque urban renewal project Capri Cosmetology College relocated to the present location at 395 Main Street.
  • 1977 – Capri Cosmetology College was established in downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This location was formerly Paris Beauty Academy.
  • 1987 – The former Stewarts School of Hairstyling in Davenport, Iowa became the third Capri Cosmetology College.
  • 1988 – Capri became accredited by ACCSC to expand program offerings to students.
  • 1992 – Capri Cosmetology College name changed to Capri College to reflect the ever changing and expanding program offerings.
  • 1992 – Capri College launched the first Nail Technology program in Iowa!
  • 1992 – Capri College introduced the Massage Therapy program.
  • 1995 – Ed Bisenius retired and Chuck Fiegen became president and sole owner of Capri College.
  • 2001 – Capri College introduced Esthetics to its program offerings.
  • 2002 – Capri College converted from clock hour to credit hour (to benefit students)
  • 2003 – Charles Fiegen’s children, joined their father and assumed management and operation responsibilities of the three Capri College locations.
  • 2004 – Capri College in Cedar Rapids moved to a new state of the art building on Cedar Rapids west side.
  • 2007 – Capri College in Davenport moved to a beautiful new facility on the flourishing and popular 53rd Street Corridor.
  • 2008 – Capri College in Dubuque renovated and restored the historic Main Street building to the original interior. The brick walls and wood interior re-establishes the integrity of the structure and creates a beautiful and historic atmosphere.
  • 2009 – Capri Davenport becomes a Sassoon Academy Connection School, offering students the opportunity to learn the number one cutting system in the world.
  • 2011 – Chuck Fiegen celebrates 50 years as a licensed cosmetologist. If you’re lucky, you will still find him observing the education that takes place on the clinic floor and offering his tricks of the trade.
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