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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MC Elite: Shauntel Leffler

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From spending long nights in the library memorizing the major muscle groups to doing flawless balayage and #fadefridays, our MC Elite for February is going out to Shauntel Leffler from the Saskatoon Campus! “Last year, I was enrolled in Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan. I hated the formality of it…I switched careers to become a Hairstylist because I was unhappy and miserable.”

“Shauntel is very diligent and thorough when it comes to consulting her clients and providing services to them…she makes sure she understands what her clients want. She is very inquisitive especially when she is not busy with clients so that she can take in all the education she can” says Hairstyling Instructor, Marg Ellis.
Why did you choose Hairstyling as a career?
“I wanted to put my personal touch on stuff and be able to use my creativity. In High School, I was really into makeup and hair but I always thought of it as a hobby and never knew I would make it into a career. When I started researching MC College and Hairstyling, I knew it was the path for me!”

#yxehairstylist #yxehair #menshair #disconnected

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What do you like most about Hairstyling so far?
“Colour because you can be so creative and it creates the biggest change in someone’s image!”

What do you love about MC College?
“It’s like family. You come here and everyone is happy and friendly. It’s an awesome environment and you actually look forward to coming to school.”

 

What has been the most challenging thing you’ve learned or faced while at MC College?
“The learning environment because it’s so different from what I was used to. In university, it was all about memorizing. Here, it’ all hands-on, technical and creative. I also find it challenging communicating with clients to make sure you know what they want.”

 

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
“Do what you love. I know that’s cheesy and straight to the point but its true! Don’t stick to something you hate or are unhappy with. This is why I switched careers!”

Babylights combined with balayage?! Yes please! #yxehair #yxehairstylist #mccollegegroup

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What’s your secret to getting clients?
“Advertise yourself and showcase what you can do on Facebook and Instagram…that has helped me get my name out there. When you’re in school, people don’t know the awesome stuff you can do and putting it out there makes them see what you can do as a student…having Instagram and Facebook set allows people to find you and get a hold of you to book….Facebook is the best for me because I can reach more people of all ages.”

 

Do you have any social media tips to offer MC College Students?
“Keep your page professional and don’t post selfies and what not. Go with a theme and stick with it. If you’re going to be using a background, make sure your backgrounds in your posts look similar. Be consistent and make sure your posts look presentable.”

 

 

Every month, Campus Directors and Instructors nominate a student they feel should be recognized as an MC Elite. Students are chosen based on their use of social media to promote themselves and by tagging #mccollege and #mclife in their social media posts.

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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
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:

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.

 

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.”

#mccollegereddeer #tricolorhair #mccollege #peacockhair

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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”.

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Instagram: @hairbyamberdawn
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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: 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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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: 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.

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