Student of the Month: Garett McCallum

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All the way from a small Community called Pukatawagan in Manitoba, our Student of the Month is going out to Garett McCallum from the Saskatoon campus! Originally, he pursued a career in politics but realized that “politics wasn’t up my alley…I should have known from my first college applications that Hairstyling should have been my first choice from the beginning”.

Why did you choose Hairstyling as a career?
“Growing up it has been a struggle not only for me but for my family…bad decisions and substance abuse became a daily thing to see but I took it upon myself to surround me and my siblings with Mother Nature. During this time, I discovered that I had a passion for doing hair…and I was proud to show what minor skills I had… whenever I did my sister’s or friend’s hair, it took me away from what was going on in my life…doing hair is music for my hand…it opened my eyes to see that I have to do better for them and myself.”

What do you like most about Hairstyling so far?
“I like that I’m able to express myself in a creative way…there is no limitation of what you can do with hair.”

What do you love about MC College?
“I love the staff, environment…and that there’s so much hands-on training…I also like that the school gives us opportunities to volunteer and helping make people feel better about themselves…attending school has made me a go-getter! ”

What has been the most challenging thing you’ve learned or faced while at MC College?
“Learning how to be punctual! I have been in school for almost 3 months now and have overcome housing obstacles and transportation problems…I’ve lived and learned many lessons just from living in different cities…being bullied and being gay made things wildly difficult for me because I’ve been in trouble numerous times for sticking up for myself….Because of obstacles in life, it took me a long time to get into MC College and I wasn’t going to give up…I realized if I wanted to pursue a career in Hairstyling, I have to take action and actually move to a city that has a good school and MC College was my choice! I’m in unit 1 and things are only getting better not only for me but for my future…I’m loving every minute of it!!”

You went to the North American Hairstyling Awards in Vegas last month, how was that!??
“I feel so inspired by the NAHA’s….I have some ideas for my submission but I’m going to make a plan and then a back up plan and then ANOTHER back up plan, just in case! My favorite part was when the artists from Wella told their stories of how they got started. It was so touching and inspiring…I wanted to cry. I loved watching all the work come down the runway. There was long and short hair and hair of all colors.”

 

What are you looking forward to at MC College?
“OMG photo shoots and extensions! I felt so inspired by the NAHA’s…there are so many possibilities that I could do”

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
“My grandpa always told me: Do what you want and don’t give up no matter how many people stomp on you.”

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Why should clients book with you?
“I just started school and I already have 2 returning clients and they aren’t my family!!! You should book with me because I am good at what I do and I am passionate about it. You can see it in my face. I am a people person.”

Follow him!
Instagram: @gdmccallum89 

Facebook: Garett Hair Creeations

Beauty Career Fair


With resume and portfolio in hand, Edmonton MC College students got the chance to meet and network with salon/spa owners and managers at our Beauty Career Fair on June 10th. The event ran from 9am -3pm in the Artego Creative Lounge at the Edmonton Campus. Throughout the event, the room was constantly buzzing with excitement and chatter as 9 salons and spas did mini interviews, hair demos and handed out swag bags.

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“It’s a great chance to meet with prospective employers and learn which salons and spas are a good fit for the students” said Edmonton MC College Director, Analia Rubie.

Prior to the event, each student created a list of questions they wanted to ask their future employers. The questions ranged from: “what is your salon/spa culture like?” to “do you provide advanced classes for your employees” and “what are your starting wages?”

As a result of this successful event, 2 MC College students were given job offers on the spot!

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Thank you to the following salons and spas that made it to our Career Fair:
• Biondi Hair
• Chrome Salon
• Fresh and Co
• Headlines
• Kinetic
• Ponytails and Horseshoes
• Rain Salon and Spa
• Ricci Hair
• The Beauty Lounge

Our next Career Fair is October 2014. Stay tuned for more information on the date, time and how your salon/spa can RSVP to this event!

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MC College Creative Scholarship

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You’re in the last month of your High School career and all that’s on your mind is graduation and summer vacation. But… college is around the corner. If you are a grade 12 student who will be receiving a High School Diploma, and have an interest in starting a career in the beauty industry, keep reading!

MC College is offering every High School a $1000 Creative Scholarship to our Full Time Hairstyling, Esthetics or Fashion Design* programs. Last year, we gave out $51,000 worth of scholarships. But this year, we’ll be giving away 551 scholarships, totaling at $551,000 (this increases your chances of winning!).

Who can enter?
Grade 12 students who will be receiving their High school Diploma. The student must have an excellent attendance record, involved in extracurricular activities or community service, and demonstrate an interest in the beauty industry.

How do you enter?
1). Fill out this application form: Scholarship Nomination Form
2). Send us your High School transcript
3). Submit 2 letters of reference from someone other than a family member or friend. It can be from a co worker, supervisor, teacher, counselor etc.
4). Samples of your creative work. From photographs to paintings, the sky is the limit.
5). A presentation (can be in the form of an essay, info-graphic, video, slideshow etc) that describes the following:
• your long term career goals
• why you are choosing a career in the beauty industry
• Research about your chosen career: wages, job availability, career paths and career advancement
• names of 2 people in the beauty industry who you have spoken to for information
6). Once you have completed steps 1-5, mail, fax or email your entry to:

MC College Group
Corporate Head Office
10541 106 street
Edmonton, Alberta T5H 2X5
Fax: (780) 428-7733
nikki@mccollege.ca

*The fashion design program is currently only offered in Edmonton and Winnipeg.

So get out your laptop and start applying!!

Deadline: June 30th

Have you ever wondered how to start your own salon or spa?

Modern Magazine estimated that the total revenue for all North American salon industry services in 2012 was approximately $75.38 billion and is expected to increase within the next few years. For this reason, many people in the beauty industry are motivated to advance their career by opening their own salon or spa.

Because many MC College students aspire to opening their own salon or spa, MC College is offering an entrepreneurship course to help Full Time Hairstyling students succeed as an entrepreneur in the beauty industry. With the help of Grant MacEwan University, industry experts and the Education Director at MC College, the course teaches students how to promote and differentiate their product and services, accounting/financial processes, and how to write a business plan. In this 5 day course, students travel to Grant MacEwan University to receive practical, hands-on training while at the same; experiencing what university life is like (did I mention that this course is provided to Full Time MC College Hairstyling students at no extra cost!).

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The Salon Entrepreneurship course is a complement course to MC College’s salon business program, ‘Shaping Your Success’. This program gives students the skills and knowledge to succeed in a client driven industry by focusing on topics such as personal marketing and client building/retention.

The Salon Entrepreneurship course is currently only offered at the Edmonton MC College Campus and is taught by Frank Saccucci, a professor in the School of Business at Grant MacEwan University. He has over 25 years of professional experience in management consulting, commercial banking and venture capital.

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For more information: http://www.mccollege.ca/programs/?
To download a program brochure: http://www.mccollege.ca/brochure2013

Trip to Saskatoon

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Paris of the Prairies. City of the Bridges. These are just a few names to describe Saskatoon; home to over 200,000 people. As an Edmontonian and my first trip outside of Alberta (shocking, right?), Saskatoon felt like a home away from home: a big city with a small town feel.

As I arrived for my first visit to the Saskatoon MC College Campus, I was met with the sounds of excitement as students worked on clients and prepared for graduation. During the campus tour, I was able to see the hands-on training the students were receiving, as well as visit the beautiful spa area. Speaking to the graduating students, it was inspiring to hear their reasons for pursuing a career in the industry. It was also great to hear that a majority of the students had a job lined up for them after graduation. Many of those jobs were acquired through hair demonstrations held at MC College and establishing technical experience through volunteering at events such as: Sears Beauty Gala, Woman’s world, Miss Teen Saskatchewan and Fantasy Fashion Show.

As a guest at their graduation, it was amazing to see the overwhelming amount of support at graduation. I had the pleasure of meeting an inspirational and industry-passionate individual: Laddie James, Owner and Hairstylist at Hairstyle Inn. Not only is he a huge supporter of MC College students, he also awards the top student with a scholarship award, the MC2 award. At this years Fall 2013 graduation, Hairstyling student, Carley Aldous, was awarded with the MC2 award and a $500 scholarship.

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At every graduation, the Frank Cairo Award is given to the student who best represents the qualities of: Commitment, Integrity and Respect. These qualities were the basis of Frank Cairo’s success in the industry. This year, Hermien Brits from the Hairstyling program and Bailey Dash from the Esthetics program  received this prestigious award.

MC College hosts two graduation events at each campus every year. The graduation allows the graduates, their friends and families, and the faculty and industry to come together to celebrate and recognize their achievements.

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For more information about the programs at MC College:

http://www.mccollege.ca/brochure2013

To read about Frank Cairo:
http://mccollegeblog.wordpress.com/2013/05/21/frank-cairo-awarded-the-queen-elizabeth-ii-diamond-jubilee-medal/

To learn more about Laddie James and the Hairstyle Inn:
http://www.hairstyleinn.com/