Become a professional in less than one year

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Jenny Lea Academy helps our students with the cost of education. We accept VA Educational Benefits as well as Financial Aid you may qualify for like Pell Grants (that you don’t have to pay back!) and student loans.

Jenny Lea Academy of Cosmetology signed & submitted to the Department of Education the Recipient’s Funding Certification & Agreement for students & for the institution. $249,744 was received for our Johnson City, TN campus. $76,044 was received for our Whitesburg, KY campus.

The required 50% of these funds was issued to students to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security (CARES) Act. 75 Tennessee students were eligible & to date 72 students have received these funds. 27 Kentucky students were eligible & to date 26 have received funds.

All students enrolled & attending as of March 20th in Tennessee & March 19th in Kentucky & that returned to school upon reopening received an equal share of the grant money. Students signed a disclosure stating that the money received is intended to cover the student’s expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


Learn current trends, advanced cutting skills and color techniques from our talented, experienced Instructors. You will also learn Nails, Skin, and Waxing.Learn More »


Nail services including all modern and current types of nails, hot oil and basic manicures, pedicures. After taking this course you will be salon ready.Learn more »


Learn multiple types of facials, also microdermabrasion, glycolic peels, how to operate machinery used in the spa and salons. Make up, brow design and so much more!Learn More »


Clipper cutting, Beard trimming, shaping and shaving and many other hair services. Visit our school for more information and take a look at our newest program Barbering !Learn More »

About JLA

We can make your dreams come true at JLA, we can give you the technical skills and training to become the beauty professional you aspire to be.

In just 6-12 short months you can be your own boss! And start living your Dreams!! For over 35 years, the Jenny Lea Academy (JLA) of Cosmetology,  Inc. has been creating rewarding careers for our graduates. We have two locations to server you: Johnson city, TN & Whitesburg, KY. JLA is a MiLady school giving our students the highest degree of education. Jenny Lea Academy is accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences.

The primary purpose  of the Jenny Lea Academy of Cosmetology is to educate top quality individuals in the arts and sciences of Cosmetology, Barbering, Aesthetics, and Nail Technology using unique and advanced techniques.

Our goal is to prepare our graduates for an exciting and well-paying profession in the salon and spa industries.

We not only train you to be the best in the salon, barbershop, and spa industry, we teach you to be dependable, professional and a confident individual.

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Jenny Lea Academy uses a clock hour program, student hours in all programs are reported to the Board of Cosmetology as clock hours. Additional information regarding click hours required for licensure in the State of Tennessee may be found here.

Locations of Jenny Lea Academy (JLA)



10:00 am – 4:30 pm (Tue-Fri)
9:00 am – 4:30 pm (Saturday)

10:00 am – 3:30 pm (Tue-Fri)
9:00 am – 3:30 pm (Saturday)

10:00 am – 2:30 pm (Tue-Fri)
9:00 am – 2:30 pm (Saturday)

Office Staff Hours
8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Tue-Fri)



Office Staff Hours
8:30 am – 4:30 pm (Tue-Sat)