Mission Statement

The Associated Barber College of San Diego’s purpose is to educate men and women in the field of barbering.  Our mission is to instruct students in the barbering field with hands-on techniques and classroom theory so that our graduates will be prepared to pass the California State Barber exam for an entry level position of employment in the barber industry. 


Joe & Michelle Roccoforte

Joe & Michelle Roccoforte

Dominick Nenna founded Associated Barber College in 1927.  Mr. Joseph J. Roccoforte, the current owner and Director, attended Associated Barber College in 1960. In 1972, Mr. Roccoforte purchased Downtown LA Barber College and successfully directed his Los Angeles campus until 1989.  Mr. and Mrs. Roccoforte purchased Associated Barber College in 2002. The Roccoforte’s have many years of experience in the barber industry. They have fathers, uncles, brothers, sons and even a grandfather that are (were) barbers. Education in our industry are Mr. and Mrs. Roccoforte’s passions.  They have kept the barber traditions as part of the current curriculum.  As a student at Associated Barber College of San Diego,  you will be prepared for the California State Board Barber Exam while learning the traditional barber techniques and skills.


Mr. Skedel issues another diploma. Congrats Josh


Mr. Joseph J. Roccoforte – Director/CEO/CAO/Instructor/Barber

Mrs. Michelle MB Roccoforte – Associate Director/CFO/COO

Mr. Ronald Skedel – Associate Director/Office Manager/Instructor/Barber

Ms. Tonya Parker-Jones – Financial Aid Director

Mrs. Martha Sanchez – Financial Aid Assistant

Mr. Giovanni Lark – Floor Manager





Instructors are recruited based on their theoretical knowledge, practical skills and experience in the barbering profession.  Each instructor must have three years of experience in the working barber/cosmetology/health field to be qualified to teach.  They are fully trained and experienced in all aspects of Barber Science and the Arts of Barbering, both theoretical and practical.  The instructional staff includes:

Mr. Joseph J. Roccoforte – Mr. Roccoforte is licensed in the State of California as a barber in 1962. He is an alumni of Associated Barber College.  He completed his barbering instructor course in 1973. Mr. Roccoforte is a second generation barber in San Diego.  He has owned a barber school since 1975.  He specializes in all aspects of barbering. 

Mr. Gan

Mr. Leandro Gan – Mr. Gan has been a licensed barber by the State of California since 1983.  He owns his own barber shop and a janitorial business.  Mr. Gan has been an instructor since 1988 and specializes in haircutting and shaving.  Mr. Gan speaks fluent Spanish and assists our students with Spanish speaking clientele.


Ms. Mendez, Mr. Lark and Mr. Kelso

Ms. Monica Mendez  – Ms. Mendez has been a California licensed cosmetologist since 2000.  She became a certified Perm and Color Specialist with Matrix in 2004.  Ms. Mendez became a licensed barber in California in 2005.  She has worked in a salon to build her clientele.  Ms. Mendez has managed hair salons for a small chain of salons. She currently works as an instructor.  Ms. Mendez has been a barber instructor since 2009.  Her specialty is teaching theory and chemical instruction.  

Mr. Victor Kelso –  Mr. Kelso has been a California licensed barber since 2010 and went on to get his California Cosmetology license in 2013.  Mr. Kelso has been a barber shop/salon owner.  He is bi-lingual.  Mr. Kelso has been an educator for American Crew, Brocado and Rusk.  His speciality is teaching haircutting and hairstyling.





The following National and California State agencies have set minimum standards for our program of studies:


Board of Barbering and Cosmetology (BBC)

2420 Del Paso Road Suite 100

Sacramento, CA 95834

(P) 800-952-5210 (F) 916-575-7281



Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE)

2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95833
(P) 888-370-7589 (F) 916-263-1897


California Department of Veterans Affairs

1227 O Street, Suite 105

Sacramento, CA 95814

(P) 888-442-4551



National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences (NACCAS)

4401 Ford Avenue, Suite 1300

Alexandria, VA 22302-1432

(P) 703-600-7600 (F) 703-379-2200