Top MC College stories from 2016

We’re taking a look back at the top stories that happened at MC College in 2016! From all 6 campuses coming together for a fundraiser to hanging out with award winning Hairstylists in Las Vegas, and much more. In chronological order:

LEARN ABOUT BEAUTY

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Early last year,  we were the first Canadian Cosmetology school to say ‘bye Felicia’ to carrying around textbooks and hello to  Pivot Point’s  digital learning platform: Learn About Beauty. This exciting new application combines social media, personalized education and a collaborative environment. From any Smartphone, computer or tablet, our students have access to an online collection of interactive materials so that they can learn at your own pace, anywhere…anytime!

For more information, visit: www.mccollege.ca/learn-about-beauty

STUDENT OF THE MONTH: A YEAR IN REVIEW

Every month, our Campus Directors and Instructors nominate a Student from each program for this award. Only 1 Student is chosen as the Student of the Month based on criteria such as: use of social media for personal branding, academic record and more. The winner receives an MC College gift card, feature on MC College’s social media channels and most importantly…bragging rights! Click on the names below to read about the Students of the Month from 2016:

Amber Bell 
Nikki Thorne
Adil Ehsani
Garett McCallum
Danielle White
Carley Wood
Cinthia Tejeda
Danae Desjardins
Taya Tkachuk
Skylar Bakes
Afreen Merchant


MC COLLEGE + BROWS BY G

In 2016,  we partnered with Brows by G to bring a Partial Esthetics class in the latest in eyebrow technology:  MICROBLADING.


 

GLOBAL BEAUTY MASTERS

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Survivor meets the Contessa’s to the extreme! Nicolette Pirrott (instagram: @sharksloveteeth)  and Tao Ping, two MC College Hairstyling Students from Edmonton were featured and competed in TLC network’s “Global Beauty Masters” show. Watch their live morning  interview on Global Edmonton TV below!


 

#ALBERTASTRONG: FUNDRAISER FOR FORT MCMURRAY 

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On May 12 2016, MC College organized a fundraiser across all six campuses for the Canadian Red Cross to assist those affected by the wildfires in Fort McMurray. On this day, we donated 100% of the proceeds from our six salons and spas across Western Canada; raising over $7000!  


 

MCXNAHA 2016

From July 23 to 26, over 70 MC College students and staff made their way to Las Vegas for the 11th annual MCxNAHA show and 27th annual North American Hairstyling Awards (aka. NAHA). The highlight of the trip? Hanging out with surprise guest speaker from Kansas and 2016 NAHA Master Hairstylist of the Year nominee….ERIC FISHER. 🙌IMG_5768-1


 

DIY STUDIO

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We launched the MC College DIY Studio event. This event is a series of do-it-yourself tutorials where our Students and Staff show you everything from creating Insta-worthy Holiday hair looks on yourself to a zombie inspired make up look for Halloween.

 

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Our next DIY studio is January 12 at our Kelowna, Calgary, Red Deer and Saskatoon campus! BYOJ (bring your own jar) as we’ll be showing you how to create your own signature body scrub and shower oil using all-natural ingredients. For more info, visit: DIY Studio


 

NEW DESIGNERS FASHION SHOW  | EDMONTON & WINNIPEG 
From  Zimbabwean prints to silhouettes inspired by Winnipeg’s architecture, our annual New Designers Fashion Show was SOLD OUT in Edmonton and Winnipeg. Read more:

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Winnipeg

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Did you see MC College on Global Winnipeg Morning News and CTV Morning News? Click here to watch! 


 

SHARING THE LOVE💕

Throughout the year, MC College Students and Staff at each campus volunteered at a variety of events. Because we couldn’t just choose one event to highlight, we made a list of the top 2 events at each campus:

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  • Shaved over 120 heads at the 9th annual “Bald Falcon” event at Dr. Knox Middle School. $16,011 was raised for the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation!
  • Students were the official hair and makeup artists for Kelowna Community Theatre’s “Jack and the Beanstalk”.

Edmonton

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  • Pinked and shaved heads at the 13th annual Northern Alberta Hair Massacure event. Over 900 visited the Edmonton school to get their hair pinked.
  • Did manicures and pedicures for members of the Edmonton Police Wives Association as part of their “Pamper our Wives in Blue” event.

Red Deer

  • Students at the Red Deer campus did hair and makeup for cast members in the indie film “Break on Through”.
  • Our students volunteered at the Relay for Life in June doing free temporary unicorn hair and braids for event attendees.

Calgary

  • Kicked off the annual Southern Alberta Hair Massacure event with a full day of pinking!
  • Students and Staff helped the Calgary Fire Department break a world record in mass head shaving. Over 320 people of all ages had their heads shaved simultaneously. The Calgary Fire Department raised over $120,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Saskatoon

  • We get it, exams are stressful! This past December and April, our Saskatoon students did free manicure and hand massages at the University of Saskatchewan’s Stress Less event.
  • Free hair and up dos for graduating high school students as part of “The Princess Shop”.

Winnipeg 

  • Manicures and haircuts for the families and their children staying at the Manitoba Ronald McDonald House.
  • This past May, the Winnipeg campus did hair and makeup for the contestants of Miss Teen Canada.

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We’re so honored to be recognized in Modern Salon’s Excellence in Education Award 2016! As the only Canadian school recognized, MC College was an honoree and finalist in 2 categories: community involvement and technology. Hundreds of cosmetology schools from across North America submitted their entries for these and many other categories. The Excellence in Education program is presented annually by Modern Salon, which is a leading North American trade magazine.

 

Student of the Month: Amber Bell

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From ‘behind the screen’ to ‘behind the chair’, the Student of the Month goes out to Amber Bell from the Red Deer campus! As a single Mother of 2, she had always wanted to be a Hairstylist. Because of the booming economy in Alberta due to the oil and gas industry, Amber decided to pursue a career in administration and marketing. Like many others in the oil sector, Amber had to look for new opportunities when the price of oil dropped. She saw this as the perfect opportunity to pursue her dream career: being a Hairstylist.
“Amber is always on point! Even with 2 kids, she comes to school early, dressed up and ready to learn” – Janet Davey, Director at MC College Red Deer.
“She gets herself out there and makes sure she always has a full book..her schedule is all requests from people who’ve seen her work on facebook…She is not afraid to try something new”– Tracey Holmes, Hairstyling Instructor at MC College Red Deer.

What was your career before you decided to get into Hairstyling?
“I worked in the oil and gas industry in administration and marketing…now instead of marketing for a company, I’m marketing myself. I’ll get to use my creativity and work one on one with people.”

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Why did you choose Hairstyling as a career?
“I’ve always loved doing my friends and family’s hair. I love how it makes people feel about themselves, including myself! Growing up, I had wanted to be a Hairstylist but I decided instead to go in oil and gas. Because of the economy, it helped me realize that being a hairstylist is what I truly want to be. I saw an opportunity and signed up for the soonest start date!”

What do you like most about Hairstyling so far?
“I like that I’m able to use my creativity. The best is when someone comes in with virgin hair and wants a funky colour. I always tell my clients to send me before and after selfies as soon as they leave. You can see such a big difference!”

What do you love about MC College?
“So much! I love that every teacher at school has something different to offer and a different skill. I love that there is openness between the teachers and students…you never feel scared or dumb asking questions.”

What has been the most challenging thing you’ve learned or faced while at MC College?
“Updos are always a struggle but I’m always learning to make my updos better…compared to my job before, I was sitting down in front of the computer all day. It’s going to be interesting to adjust but nice at the same time that I get to be on my feet for most of the day.”

You went to the North American Hairstyling Awards in Vegas with MC College, how was that!??
“It was amazing and inspiring…I’m going to enter the NAHA’s, maybe not today but for sure in a few years. I got to meet the Schorem Barbers at the show! It was like meeting Justin Beiber but better. Actually, I’ve met Justin Beiber before but meeting the Barbers was so much better!”

Who met the #scumbagbarbers !? WE DID!

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What are you looking forward to at MC College?
“Graduating and being able to get out the door and start working. I already have 3 places that offered me a job!”

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
“The best advice I’ve ever got is ‘you do you…just be yourself and always do what makes you happy’. I feel like this is a theme in my class right now”.

What advice would you give to MC Students on using social media to promote themselves?
“Actually use it! Hashtag, hashtag, hashtag!!! I find that I’m getting more people through word of mouth because of social media. My friends share my colours and cuts on their facebook and their friends are booking with me”.

Follow her!
Instagram: @hairbyamberdawn
Facebook: Hair by Amber Dawn

DIY Studio: Holiday Hair 🎄

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As the Holidays approach, you’re probably starting to freak out a bit. From deciding which sparkly outfit to wear to getting a kick start on shopping for presents, the last thing on your mind is what hairstyle to rock at your next party. On November 28, our Edmonton, Red Deer, Calgary, Winnipeg and Saskatoon campus held a FREE DIY (aka: do it yourself) studio hair event for the Holidays which was open to anyone and everyone to attend!

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Whether you’re headed to an ugly Christmas Sweater party or Christmas Carol Karaoke and everything in between, our students and staff showed you how to create snap worthy Holiday hair looks on yourself so that you can avoid the dreaded “Pinterest fail” feeling!

Each campus had different stations dedicated to specific hair looks; from chignons to old Hollywood finger waves, Victoria Secret inspired curls and braids.

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At our Winnipeg campus, our Students glammed up each attendee with a free lipstick touch up at their Lipstick Lounge. Swag bags, giveaways and a $1000 tuition scholarship were handed out at each campus.


Missed our DIY Studio: Holiday Hair event? Stay tuned for our next event!

What’s the MC College DIY Studio event? It’s a series of do-it-yourself tutorials where we show you how to curl and style your own hair, create a creepy doll eyed look for Halloween and more!

Student of the Month: Nikki Thorne

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All the way from the “Hub of the North” (AKA: Thompson, Manitoba), the Student of the Month goes out to Nikki Thorne from the Esthetics program in Winnipeg! From jet skis to microdermabrasions, she originally started a career in sales at a recreation dealership but decided on a career change. “I was a sales manager for over 7 years. It was time for a change in scenery and I’ve always wanted to be self employed and do something that I’m passionate about” she says.

 

 

 

“Nikki has a natural talent and ability in esthetics and advanced make up!…We love her attitude, her eagerness and her readiness for anything and everything that comes her way” says MC College Winnipeg Director, Anna McGregor.

Why did you choose Esthetics as a career?
“I’ve always wanted to do something that I had an interest in but I didn’t know what! I was into nails, make up and health and wellness so it just made sense to get into Esthetics…My sister is a Hairstylist and my role model and my biggest supporter. Seeing her do hair and being able to be her own boss and be creative at the same time inspired me.”

 

 

When did you know you wanted to be an Esthetician?
“When I started looking into Esthetics, I didn’t really know what it was all about. Once I looked around and did my research, I became obsessed. I knew right then and there that it was for me!”

What do you like most about Esthetics so far?
“All of it. I fell in love with makeup after taking the advanced make up course at MC…it ignited a passion inside of me for make up. I always wanted to try out special effects make up but I thought it was out of my reach. Margarita made everything in the class easy to follow along and understand.”

 

 

 

 

What do you love about MC College?
“The teachers! Everyone is supportive and they balance each other. I also love the events we get to be part of like the MC Fashion Show…it was an awesome feeling to re-create looks on the models and work with the Hairstyling and other Esthetics students. When we saw the models walk down the runway, we felt so proud of ourselves…volunteering has really helped me expand my skills. I used to be so shy and these events force me out of my safety net.”

 

 

“She volunteers for EVERYTHING!! She was one of the students that led our DIY evening. She has gone outside of school to become involved with anything to do with esthetics and make up. She is beyond amazing and works so hard and will be so successful in her career. She sets such a great example for her peers” says Anna McGregor.

What has been the most challenging thing you’ve learned or faced while at MC College?
“Being away from home. I moved here from Thompson just for school!”

 

 

 

 

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
“Margarita has always said to me: Just do it you will be fine. You’ll never know if you will succeed if you don’t try. What’s the worst that would come out of trying?”

 

 

What are your plans when you graduate?
“First thing I’m going to do: move back home! My sister and I want to open a salon and spa together.”

 

 

 

 

Follow her!
Instagram: @Nikkit007
Snapchat: Nikkit007

💈 Student of the Month: Adil Ehsani 💈

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From 4am fades to 🔥 hair tattoos, the Student of the Month goes out to MC College Calgary Hairstyling student, Adil Ehsani! He originally wanted to pursue a career as an electrical engineer but decided that “I always wanted to do something I like: barbering” says Adil.
“Adil has shown so much enthusiasm and excitement for this industry…He has a great attitude and is pleasure to work with” says Hairstyling Instructor, Flora Kahyayan.

Why did you choose Hairstyling as a career?
“I never wanted to do a regular desk job…It all started in Grade 8 because my hair kept on getting ruined every time I got it cut so I started doing it myself and people liked it and they started asking me to do their hair too …my parents were against it at first because I was going to be an electrical engineer…. I realized I loved [barbering] and didn’t want to do anything else…I decided to drop my courses and go into Hairstyling.”

What do you like most about Hairstyling so far?
“Being creative and talking to people. Hairstyling to me is like an art form and you can express yourself”.

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What do you love about MC College?
“The people and the instructors…there is so much diversity here and everyone has their own personality. It’s nice to see a different perspective and work with different personalities.”

What has surprised you the most about beauty school?
“How much I learned! When I first started here, I was cocky and I thought I knew everything…after the first few days I realized that there is so much to learn about cutting and coloring hair”

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What has been the most challenging thing you’ve learned or faced while at MC College?
“Being one of the few guys in Hair School…at first it was intimidating but now it’s just natural and everything feels right. Everyone is so accepting here!”
What are your plans for the future after graduating? .
“In 3 or 4 years, I want to open a barbershop. When I graduate, I’m going to be working at The Ave YYC Barbershop. I love the clients and the barbers there. The owner, Arey, really helped me with my barbering…he’s who I look up to”

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What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
“Do what you love, don’t ever chase money. If you do what you love, money will come naturally.”

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Show him some love on instagram @francoehsanifades!

RECAP: Winnipeg New Designers Fashion Show 2016

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From fashion retailers such as Nygard International to detail oriented costumes at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Winnipeg has always been one of Canada’s epi-centers for fashion. This past month, MC College introduced the next generation of Designers into Winnipeg’s fashion industry at the 6th annual New Designers Fashion Show.

From silhouettes inspired by Winnipeg’s architecture to angular detailing, the fashion show included collections by MC College graduates: Linda Kroeker, Carley Wood, Maria Shendrik, Adara Pattersib, Regina Martens and Lauren Howie.

Hosted by Global TV’s Brittany Greenslade, the show was sold out to an audience of family, friends, local media, government officials, MC College staff and students, and Winnipeg’s fashion scene.

 

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In attendance were, Joe Cairo (President of MC College), Lennard Taylor, Monique Andrews Morrisette (Style Hunter Fox), Black Caviar Productions, Michael Silver (Silver Jeans), Valarie Barr-Jones (Government of Manitoba), Carly Klassen (Marshall Fabrics), Sheri Doyle (Mondetta Clothing) and Merle McDougall Kroeker (Rickis Clothing) to name a few.


Did you catch MC College on Global Morning News and CTV Morning? Click here to watch! 

#winnipeg #winnipegfashion #mccollege #fashion #mccollegewinnipeg #fashionshow

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The show also featured three MC College Alumnus and local designers: Victoria Kakuktinniq of Victoria’s Arctic Fashions, Ruta Tewelde of House of aRT Fashion and Madison Tooth of Illformal. Huge shoutout  to Manitobah Mukluks for sponsoring the footwear for her showcase.

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Winnipeg Fashion Graduate Profile: Lauren Howie

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Lauren was born in Calgary, Alberta but grew up in Winnipeg. Her love of fashion construction began when she started making clothes for her toys at a young age. Since then, it has progressed into a full-fledged passion for her career.

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As a long time fan of anime, she began re-creating her favorite characters as Cosplay at Anime Conventions. Cosplay is the creation of costumes and accessories based on characters in Japanese anime. Her favorite part about Cosplay is coming up with new design concepts and deciphering the construction of a garment or costume.

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Upon first exposure, Lauren immediately fell in love with gothic subculture. Fascinated by what makes one uneasily tick, she finds inspiration in dark beauty and a macabre aesthetic. Her love of high contrast and unsettling imagery drew her to create the collection, Circus Menagerie. Inspired by the idea of a dark carnival, the collection was designed for the gothic woman and exudes dark elegance and mystery.

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Follow Lauren on Instagram!! @lucidhollow

 

Winnipeg Fashion Graduate Profile: Carley Wood

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Growing up with family in the industry, Carley always knew she would start a career in fashion. “Fashion as a career felt like it would always just be a dream. It was only last year that I decided to continue in fashion and actually work towards my dream!” 

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While taking the Fashion Technology program at Murdoch MacKay High School, Carley designed and styled costumes for two musicals. Back in June, Carley was named MC College’s  Student of the Month!

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Her collection, Cityscape, was inspired by Winnipeg’s architecture. The collection incorporates a mix of Winnipeg’s old and new buildings.

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From the various shades of blue reflecting off skyscrapers to gray buildings tinted in pinks and purples at sunset, the collection is inspired by the colours that Carley observes throughout the city.

 

Follow her on Instagram! 👉 @Car.31

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Winnipeg Fashion Graduate Profile: Adara Patterson

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Adara has always been a creative person. She sees every project as a puzzle to solve or an opportunity to create something new.

At a young age, Adara was drawn to clean lines and angular shapes. Naturally, the art of origami became an influence in her designs.

Starting corsets today! More to come. #mccollege #mccfashion

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She believes that “the universe is based on the golden ratio, and the geometry of the universe is beauty.” Her collection, Edgeglow, incorporates angular detailing and smocking to create visual appeal based on geometry.

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In the future, Adara plans to work in the fashion industry focusing on pattern making and garment construction where she can apply her love of problem solving and attention to detail.

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Follow her on instagram! @queenblurblab

Winnipeg Fashion Graduate Profile: Maria Shendrik

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In 2012, Maria and her family immigrated to Canada from Russia. Growing up, she was always interested in Fashion Design. Maria has childhood memories of her and her family getting dressed up for dinner and family outings.

 

These memories have since influenced her designs and styling choices. Her love of horseback riding, oil painting and playing the violin has also influenced her designs and her collection.

When she moved to Winnipeg, she decided to realize her dream career and enrolled at MC College.

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Maria’s collection, Grace, was inspired by royalty and the art of dressing royal woman for all occasions. With sleek silhouettes and clean lines, the collection features high quality fabrics and a feminine colour palette.

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