Top 10 Things that Happened at MC College in 2013

It’s that time of the year again….year end lists! From volunteer events to international trips, here’s our list of the Top 10 things that happened at MC College in 2013 (in chronological order):

1). Vernon MC College’s Celebrity: Dawn-Marie Needham

In 2013, Vernon MC College director, Dawn-Marie Needham was given the opportunity to write beauty blogs for a local news paper. She is now a Beauty Consultant for The Vernon Morning Star and regularly contributes to MC College’s blog, in the segment “Beauty Tips with Dawn Marie”. A few posts that she’s written about: choosing the best hair color for your skin tone, how to get a brighter whiter smile and the benefits of wasabi massage oil, to name a few.

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2). Calgary MC College FORMA

Last January, students at the Calgary MC College campus competed in a student style competition called FORMA. Organized and founded by MC College Group, FORMA is a style competition designed to challenge students and give them the opportunity to work in teams and show off their creativity in 3 elements: Hairstyling, Makeup and Wardrobe Styling. The theme, “1940’s, 1980’s and Now” was chosen by Calgary’s Edges Salon and Spa, who also judged the students work.

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3). Edmonton Hair Massacure

Students and staff from the Edmonton MC College campus painted the town pink at the annual Hair Massacure event for Breast Cancer! This 2 part event kicked off on January 24th at the Edmonton MC College campus where Breakfast Television was on location to capture over 100 people getting their hair pinked. Included in those who were getting their hair pinked were our students and staff! The second part of Hair Massacure took place at West Edmonton Mall from 9AM to 9PM, where students assisted with shaving over 300 heads.

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More pictures: 2013 Hair Massacure Pink-Off

4). Fashion design students’ trip to New York City

From April 24 to April 29th 2013, Fashion Design students from the Edmonton and Winnipeg MC College campuses traveled to the Big Apple…New York City! During their trip, the students went on a fabric buying trip to Marcop and A&A Textiles, and toured the famous Mood Fabrics and Nanette Lepore’s design studio. On the last day, they went to the Fashion and Technology Exhibit at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where they saw how the advances in technology changed the fashion industry.

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For more information: MC College Takes New York City!

5). Frank Cairo Awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

On May 18th 2013, Frank Cairo, Founder and Visionary of MC College Group, was awarded with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal. Canadians recognized for this award have been chosen because of their significant contribution to a particular province, territory, region or community within Canada. It was presented by Cheryl Harrison, Vice President of Operations, at the Edmonton spring graduation.

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More information: Frank Cairo Awarded The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

6). Red Deer Children’s Festival

From May 31st to June 1st, students and staff at the Red Deer MC College campus participated at the 7th annual Children’s Festival in Red Deer. With over 8000 people in attendance, the MC College booth was a huge success and was voted the most popular booth at the event! During the 3 day event, students and staff provided the public with complimentary hair and makeup touch-ups, face painting and mini manicures. The festival’s goal is to provide fun and new activities for the Children of Central Alberta.

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7). MC College raised over $7500 for the Alberta Red Cross

MC College wanted to support the Alberta Red Cross in rebuilding communities and assisting the Southern Alberta flood victims by donating 100% of the proceeds from salon and spa services at all locations, on July 6 2013. With the help of staff, students and clients, we donated over $7500 to the Canadian Red Cross to assist with the Alberta Floods relief.

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8). #MCxNAHA 2013

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas! On July 14th, students and staff from all seven MC College campuses travelled to Las Vegas for the 8th annual MC College Viva Las Vegas Conference and attended the North American Hairstyling Awards. During the conference, students attended a presentation by renowned European stylist and Pivot Point International Artistic Director Yolly Ten Koppel along with International platform artist Laddie James, Charlie Price and Laura Dunphy of Salon Magazine. The purpose of the trip is to create an exciting impression of the industry for the students by meeting and listening to industry icons.

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More information: Viva Las Vegas!

9). Graduating Fashion Show

In the early Fall, students from the Fashion Design and Apparel Production Program at MC College Edmonton and Winnipeg showcased their final design collection at the New Designers Fashion Show. Every year, graduates design, create and present their final collections in a run-way show and are given the opportunity to network with local designers and fashion bloggers.

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Edmonton New Designers Fashion Show

Winnipeg New Designers Fashion Show

10). Modern Salon’s Excellence in Education Award. 

MC College was selected as an Honoree in the Placement category of Modern Salon’s Excellence in Education Award. The Placement category recognizes the school with the best approach to help students with their job placements, from Partners-in-Training programs to salon and spa visits. Hundreds of cosmetology schools from across North America submitted their entries in eight categories ranging from marketing to placement. The Excellence in Education program is presented annually by MODERN SALON Media with the support of the AACS.

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Future Platform Artist Laura

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Laura, Edmonton Hairstyling Student

I had the opportunity to follow-up with Laura, an Edmonton Hairstyling student, just before she started the second phase of her training. I was first introduced to Laura during our Vegas trip where she made everyone laugh with her very witty answers to a questionnaire put together by Jeff Louis of Artego Canada.

It’s been about a month since our Vegas trip. Just before the trip you completed the first phase of your training in the classroom. What have you been up to since then?

I have been planning my submission for the NAHAs (North American Hairstyling Awards). I have completed my storyboard for the Avant-garde category.

What inspired you to enter the NAHAs?

 I had the opportunity to work backstage with talented artists Laddie James and Yolly ten Koppel. I was inspired from what I saw but by putting my own spin on it.

Every year, MC College takes their June Hairstyling students to Las Vegas to attend the NAHAs! During this amazing trip, we put on a two day conference that features a platform hair artist show, fun activities and amazing industry guest speakers. This year, we had NAHA multi-winner Charlie Price as our surprise speaker! 

How has it been in the school salon?

I have been in the salon for about a month. I love it! I’ve already had return clients. In the salon, I am constantly learning. I like to get in there by watching or assisting other students. It makes the day go by faster.

Anything cool or interesting?

I find myself gravitating towards new students and offering advice when needed as I have been there myself. Also, I like to see others put their own flair on cuts and make it their own.

What are you looking forward to?

I am really looking forward to the NAHA competition next year! As I am competing, I happened to learn aspects earlier such as up-dos and working with hair pieces and fillers. For my concept, I have learned that it’s best to start with simple basic steps and then add to make it more dramatic. It’s the little things that I wouldn’t have known if I wasn’t in the competition. Also, it helps on the salon floor with color and styling techniques. I hype up new techniques with my clients. I tell them that they will look different as they want to be unique. If you’re excited, the client is excited.

What advice have you been given towards your goal? 

I want to be a platform artist. Laddie gave me some raw advice which is what I needed. He told me what to expect and what not expect and what steps to take to get there. I know that I will have to start in a higher end salon in a major market such as Vancouver. He said that I will probably have to volunteer for 2-3 years and it won’t be easy. I have to be willing to give it all up just to do a hair show.

What advice would give to the Hairstyling students starting in September?

Remember why you are here. I would add to get involved in whatever events and competitions are at school. It gives you a boost and shows you what you could be doing!

Thanks Laura. We look forward to seeing you move towards your goals!

To learn more about our exciting Hairstyling program, check our website!

#MCxNAHA 2013

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On Sunday July 14th over 100 staff and students from all seven MC College Group schools across Western Canada attended the eighth annual MC Viva Las Vegas conference.  Every student who enrolled in the Hairstyling program in June received this free trip to Las Vegas to participate in the conference and attend the North American Hairstyling Awards.

 The conference, just for MC students and staff, featured renowned European stylist and Pivot Point International Artistic Director Yolly Ten Koppel along with International platform artist Laddie James. Yolly and Laddie presented models showing the latest in coloring, cutting and styling techniques.

As if that wasn’t exciting enough, MC students and staff were treated to a special guest presentation by acclaimed competition artist, Charlie Price. Charlie has been nominated for countless North American Hairstyling Awards and Canadian Mirror Awards. He spoke about his love of hairstyling and high-fashion and how he combined them both by working backstage as a hairstylist at fashion shows in New York and Europe. He also discussed his previous NAHA entries and winners. Day one was filled with more outstanding guest speakers from Robert Passage, Chairman and CEO and Melanie Koroyan-Kopeikin, President, both of Pivot Point International and a surprise visit from Carrie and Erin of The Hair Nerds!

Later that evening, students and staff attended the 24th North American Hairstyling Awards Gala hosted by Mario Lopez. Students saw the amazing work of the hairstyling industry’s elite including Dimitrios Tsioumas.

On the final day of the conference, students were introduced to Laura Dunphy, Publisher of industry magazine, Salon Magazine. Laura spoke about the Contessas (a Canadian hairstyling awards) as well as her impressive career. We also met Shaun Pulfrey, the creator of Tangle Teezer. He spoke about how he created the styling tool, his Dragon’s Den experience and gave a demo on how to use the Tangle Teezer! To bring our exciting day two to a close, Jeff Louis, National Artistic Director of Artego Canada, created a fun questionnaire and promoted interaction between students and staff. One of the best answers to the question “Whose hair would you like to do, past or present?” – Jesus.

The objective of the trip is to create an exciting impression of the industry for new students.  MC College Group believes in training their students to succeed.  The best way to teach success is by observing successful people.  What better exposure can there be, than meeting with and listening to industry icons!  For more information about this exciting career, go to www.mccollege.ca.

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