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


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.

 

Calling all MC College students: Kick start your career and apply for the Beacon Program!

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Apply to be a Beacon student and learn the skills you’ll need to manage a successful career. This is a great opportunity to network with the biggest names in the industry and with cosmetology students from across North America. Every year, hundreds of Cosmetology students apply but only 100 students are chosen to attend this career changing event.

What is a Beacon student?
As a Beacon student, you’ll receive free tuition to attend the Professional Beauty Association’s Beauty Week events in Las Vegas, July 12-15, 2014! You’ll network with NAHA winners, high profile salon owners and stylists, and enjoy VIP seating at the awards ceremony. As part of PBA’s Beauty Week, you’ll have the opportunity to attend seminars in marketing, business operations, networking and leadership, taught by top beauty professionals and salon owners. Students also enjoy a private tour of Cosmoprof North America tradeshow to learn the important role of distributers and manufacturers in the beauty industry.

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What do you need to enter?
To apply, you must be currently enrolled at MC College in the Hairstyling or Esthetics program between September 1, 2013 and April 1, 2014.

You’ll need to submit the following:
1). Professional Resume
-Your resume is judged based on the quality and level of professionalism, not by how much experience you’ve had.

2). Letter of Recommendation
-The letter can be from a Director or Instructor, outlining why they think you will be a good candidate for the Beacon program.

3). Portfolio
-you must submit 3 separate images of your work. “The images can be of your mannequin work or of a live model”.

4). Marketing piece
-Get CREATIVE! Submit a marketing piece to show who you are, why you chose the beauty industry and what your career goals are.
-examples: website, magazine article, brochure, video or storyboard.

SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

“Entries are only accepted online and must be submitted no later than March 26, 2014 by midnight EST. All entrants will be notified about their entry status via email by May 1, 2014

For more information:
Beacon Entry Brochure : http://probeauty.org/beacon/docs/2014_beacon_entry_brochure.pdf

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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More pictures

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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In the news: http://bit.ly/1cTj6yQ

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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MC College in the Community: November

Every month, MC College students volunteer at several community events. These events give the students the opportunity to give back to the community by allowing them to use their skills for the benefit of others. In addition, these events allow our students to network with potential clients and expand their technical experience. Here are a few of the events that MC College students volunteered at in November:

CATO fashion show, ‘The Final Cut’- Kelowna, BC

Hairstyling and Esthetic students from the Kelowna MC College campus had the opportunity to be the official Hairstylists and Makeup Artists for the Center for Arts and Technology’s fashion show, ‘The Final Cut’. In addition to creating connections with new fashion designers, photographers and models (great for the NAHA’s!), MC College students were able to experience what it was like to work behind the scenes at a fashion show.

It was exciting to learn in such a fast-paced environment, which helped show that there are plenty of different and unique opportunities for Hairstylists. It was a welcomed change to our usual routine and I am pleased that MC College offers these types of volunteer/working experience for their students…”-Kylie Florenu, student at Kelowna MC College

Engineering Head Shave- Edmonton, AB

On November 22 2013, Hairstyling students from the Edmonton MC College campus volunteered to shave over 40 heads at the engineering head shave fundraiser at the University of Alberta.This tenth annual event raises funds and awareness for the Alberta Cancer Foundation.

@mccollegegroup your students are such an important part of our head shave events. Thank you for helping us redefine the future of cancer.” -@albertacancer

Festival of Trees (November 24-30)- Saskatoon, SK

To get into the Holiday spirit, students and staff from the Saskatoon MC College campus decorated a Christmas tree for Saskatoon’s Festival of Trees. The ‘Dashing through the Snow’ tree, sold for $750! This annual event engages the community by providing an opportunity for local businesses and school groups to display and sell their decorated Christmas tree, with all proceeds going to the Saskatchewan MS Clinical Research Chair Campaign through Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation.

If you are hosting an event that you think our students can volunteer at, please contact csin@mccollege.ca

Future Platform Artist Laura

Laura, Hairstyling Student

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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Viva Las Vegas!

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MC College in Vegas July 2012

This Saturday July 13 over 100 staff and students from all seven M.C. College campuses across Western Canada will travel to Las Vegas for 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.

Yolly Ten Koppel, Michael O’Rourke & Laddie James

The conference, just for M.C. students and staff, will feature renowned European stylist and Pivot Point International Artistic Director Yolly Ten Koppel along with International platform artist Laddie James.

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Michael O’Rourke

Last year students and staff were treated to a special guest presentation by industry icon Michael O’Rourke.  In 2011 Mr. O’Rourke received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the North American Hairstyling Awards for his exceptional contributions to the hair and beauty industry.  He is the creator of such innovative products as Michael O’Rourke Hair and Rock Your Hair.  Mr. O’Rourke shared the story of his beginnings in the industry and how he achieved such great success.  He gave the staff and students valuable insight into their own personal roads to success in the salon industry.

Who will be this year’s industry icon visiting the group?  Stay posted…