Open House recap

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On April 8, all MC College campuses held an Open House that was 🔥🔥🔥; from special effects makeup and live fashion sketching to mini DIY (do-it-yourself) stations. Across the 6 campuses, over 300 people attended the event to experience what the #MCLife is all about, and to learn about career opportunities in the Beauty and Fashion Industry.

 

 

Attendees tested out our interactive learning platform, Learn About Beauty, while getting the chance to tour the campus and meet the MC Squad: staff, students, graduates and industry partners. From a braiding and contouring bar to marble nails and spring updos, each campus set up mini DIY stations so that event attendees could try out the latest beauty trends on themselves. Swag bags and a $1000 tuition scholarship were also given out at each campus – congratulations to all of the winners!


Attendees also got the chance to watch a live demo of mermaid hair, alien bleeding glitter, special effects makeup, microdermabrasions and chemical peels. Everyone who attended had the opportunity to play with mannequins and learn how to apply colour at the colour station.

Pop Art Transform!!!#popart #mccollege #makeupartist

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At the Edmonton and Winnipeg campus, there were stations set up so that visitors could try their hand at designing their own print, draping, fashion sketching and fashion illustration.
Missed the Open House? Catch up on the awesome stuff that happened at Open House that was captured on social media:

DIY Studio: the Art of Braiding

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Have you ever pinned hundreds of images of different braids on Pinterest, tried it out on yourself but ended up a few hours later in tears of frustration with your hair in a tangled mess? #pinterestfail. We know how you feel!


Last night, our Kelowna, Edmonton, Red Deer, Calgary, Saskatoon and Winnipeg campus hosted a free DIY Studio event: the Art of Braiding. Our Hairstyling Students and Instructors showed attendees the tips and tricks and braiding hacks to create the braided looks they love while our Esthetics students did mini manicures.
 

 

From the classic 3 strand braid to the waterfall and fishtail braid, stations were set up throughout each campus. We had snacks, prizes, swag bags full of Artego samples to keep attendees’ braids on point and a $1000 MC College tuition scholarship to give-a-way!
 
 

 

At our Kelowna campus, we had students from the Centre For Arts and Technology’s photography, film and fashion program showcase their work and announce the collaboration between the two schools.

Did you catch MC College Saskatoon on CTV? Watch the morning segment below!

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Check out what the attendees had to say about the event!

“Thanks for the super fun event! I learned a lot!” – B.Ross

“My daughter and I had a great time. Thank you for doing this. Also, a special thank you to Kelsey, she was super helpful, patient and was very encouraging.” – Tracey.O

“This was awesome, thank you so much ” – Tina. S

“This was so fantastic!! Thanks to everyone there for the great lessons!” – Tennille.Z

 
From braiding on a mannequin to braiding their friends’ hair, over 300 people attended the event and left #braidinglikeaboss. Missed the Art of Braiding event? Stay tuned for our next DIY Studio event.

MC College DIY Braid night #studentlife #helpingothers #hairschool #mccollegegroup #mccollege #diybraiding

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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
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Afreen Merchant


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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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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:

Kelowna

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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.

 

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!

RECAP: 2016 Edmonton New Designers Fashion Show

Edmonton is home to some awesome local designers who are also our fashion graduates: Workhall Studio, Suka Clothing and Eve + Enoch are just a few!

 

 

Last night, MC College introduced new blood into Edmonton’s fashion scene. Twelve graduates from our fashion program showcased their collection at the New Designers Fashion Show and also launched Western Canada Fashion Week.

In attendance were, MC College staff and faculty members, Joe Cairo (President of MC College), John Chwyl (The Fashion Guy), Amber Victoria (loveambervictoria.com), Tracy Poulin (Edmonton Public Schools), Kingsway Mall, Workhall Studio, LUXX ready to wear and Marshall’s Fabrics, to name a few.

Designed and made in Edmonton, the show included everything from military inspired silhouettes to Zimbabwean inspired prints and floral appliques.

Congrats to the emerging designers on a fabulous show last night: Anne Hole, Braden Carleton, Gloria Malaba, Lillian Obianuju Onyejiuwa, Mikaela Supple, Martina Hrycun, Nadine Elmarsafy, Aike Zhumagulova, Listah Mutsaro, Shawna White, Maggie Chow and Bayenah Batterjee.

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The show also featured three MC College Alumnus and local designers: Kendra Evertson of ‘Kendra Lee’ and Gabriela Cruz of ‘Cruz Clothing’ and Ange McGill.

For a second year in a row, we invited a squad of High School students from St. Joseph High School and Harry Ainlay, AKA: Beauty Apprentices to assist backstage with dressing models, hair and makeup.

 

Last night’s hair and make up look:

Edmonton Fashion Graduate Profile: Gloria Malaba

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With family in the Fashion Industry and her Parisian background, Gloria has developed a unique sense of style and luxury. In the past year, she has competed in Western Canada Fashion Week’s Emerging Designers Competition. Ralph and Russo, Elie Saab and Alexandre Vauthier are a few of her fashion label icons.

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Her collection, ‘Glass’, features structured looks with prints, metallic fabric and accents of faux fur. The collection also features touches of angular details, bold structures and sleek evening pieces with sequined paneling.

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Edmonton Fashion Graduate Profile: Maggie Chow

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One of Maggie’s earliest memories of the Fashion Industry was flipping through fashion magazines her mom had brought home from Asia. While coveting the latest styles, she started sketching her own version of Asia’s fashion trends.

From mother of pearl accents to seashell silk screens and pom pom detailing, her collection is a satirical play on the “kitschy-ness” of Asian contemporary branding.

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The collection, “Sakura Petals” was inspired by a mix of Anime, East Asian culture and the beach.

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Edmonton Fashion Graduate Profile: Lilian Onyejiuwa

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In 2013, Lilian immigrated to Canada from Nigeria. Originally, she wanted to pursue a career in medicine but decided to follow her dream to be a Fashion Designer. Her career in fashion originally started when she began working as a Tailoring Assistant in Nigeria. She plans on opening a ready to wear and custom clothing store called, L&C Designs.

Inspired by her heritage, ‘Afrocentric’ incorporates traditional African designs with a bohemian twist. The collection includes casual and evening garments with rich wax prints on fun silhouettes.

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According to Lilian, wax prints are traditionally a nonverbal way of communication amongst African women. The designs on wax print fabrics are beautiful and bold, and has influenced fashion worldwide.

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Edmonton Fashion Graduate Profile: Bayenah Batterjee

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Bayenah moved to Canada from Jeddah, the fashion capital of Saudi Arabia. From her cultural background to traveling, she finds inspiration everywhere she goes. Being surrounded by different fabrics, textures and colour in Jeddah inspired her to pursue a career as a Fashion Designer.

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The first garment she designed was her sisters wedding dress. In March 2016, she won third place in Western Canada Fashion Week’s Emerging Designers Competition for her embroidered, faux fur and shearling coat.

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Her collection, “Naseej” includes garments with ornate embroidery and bright tropical colours. Early inspiration for the collection came from a recent trip to the Chihuly Exhibit in Seattle.

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Follow her on Instagram! @Bayenah

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Edmonton Fashion Graduate Profile: Shawna White

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Growing up in the country, Shawna had a lot of free time to daydream and get creative. She was initially drawn to the arts and design through music. Her parents were very supportive and accommodating to her overactive imagination and musical ambitions, making sure she had a guitar to play and endless art supplies to keep her busy.

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Coming to MC also allowed Shawna to fulfill a childhood dream that she shared with a cousin who is no longer with her but whom she thinks about every day. It was this relationship that truly motivated Shawna to study fashion and to pursue it as a career.

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Together they sketched ideas, collaborated on designs and shared a passion that is deeply rooted in her to this day.
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Her Graduating collection is a gritty mix of musical references and punk rock detailing. From plaid to grommets, the collection was inspired by the musician lifestyle. The garments feature silhouettes that are perfect for the jam to the after party.shawna white logo

Follow her on Instagram! @crosberry.xx