Top stories from 2015

From 💃flamenco dancing💃 in Barcelona to Marlo Steenman’s Spanx for not letting her down, these are the top MC College stories from 2015 (in chronological order):

Nepal Fundraiser 
MC College organized a company wide fundraiser for the Canadian Red Cross. 50% of proceeds from salon and spa services on May 5th, at all six campuses, were donated to the Nepal Regional Earthquake Fund. We fund-raised over $5000!

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Red Deer Express
In June, MC College Red Deer was named top 3 best spas by Red Deer Express’ ‘Best of’ awards. Thank you to all of our clients and students for the support and the vote! 💅👏

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Creative Jam 2015
Last June, Pivot Point International hosted its first Creative Jam in Canada – a 2 day event of ‘hairspiration’ for Hairstylists and Educators. Our Educational Director, Anna Gemellaro, and MC College Instructors travelled to Toronto for hands-on education with industry leaders Yolly Ten Koppel, Joakim Roos, Severine LeBrun, Sabrina Hagenmueller and Laddie James. 💇

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Pop up Salon
Last summer, we launched our first Pop Up Salon in Edmonton: Colour Art Salon by Dona Karunathilake! From creating a dress code to setting salon prices, Dona and her team got to the #WorkGrind and experienced entrepreneurship firsthand. The Pop Up Salon gives students the chance to experience what it’s like to own a salon and learn on-the-job skills in marketing, finance and operations.

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The next Pop Up Salon is February 22- 27. To pre-book your appointment, call 780 429 4407 or email salon-ed@mccollege.ca (don’t forget to mention pop up salon!!).

#MCxNAHA 2015 
From July 11th to 13th, over 80 MC College students and staff boarded a plane for Las Vegas for the 10th annual #MCxNAHA show and the North American Hairstyling Awards. The highlight of the trip? One of our Hairstyling graduates, Marlo Steenman, won Hair Colorist of the year!

 

Global Beauty Masters
Reality TV meets the ABA show to the extreme. Two MC College students, Tao Ping and Nicolette Porritt, went to Las Vegas in September for the second annual Global Beauty Masters Competition. Working together as the ‘MC Team’, Tao and Nicolette endured a week of intensive competition with 13 teams from around the world. The show is set to premiere on TLC on March 17, 2016! 📺
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Beauty Abroad: Barcelona 
From November 3 to November 11 2015, we packed our bags and jet setted to the cobbled stone streets of Barcelona! “My days in Barcelona were filled with culture, shopping, dining, and training…. It was an experience I will never forget” says MC College Hairstyling Student, Meaghan Palmer.

 

Graduation
Saying ‘bye Felicia’ to their mannequin heads, creepy looking practice fingers and pulling an all-nighter to finish a garment can only mean one thing: it’s grad! In Spring and Fall 2015, over 400 Hairstyling, Esthetics and Fashion Design students across six campuses celebrated their success with friends, family, industry partners and MC staff.

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New Designers Fashion Show | Edmonton & Winnipeg
From floral appliqués surrounded by fighter jets to being the show to launch Western Canada Fashion Week, our annual New Designers Fashion Show was SOLD OUT in Edmonton and Winnipeg. Read more:
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Sharing the Love
Throughout 2015, MC College Students and Staff at all campuses 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
    • Mini makeovers for the City of Kelowna Camp Girlz Summer Camp
    •  Cuts for a Cure at Kelowna Secondary School

 

  • Edmonton
    • “Pinked” and shaved heads at the 12th annual Hair Massacure event
    • Hair cuts at Homeless Connect
  • Calgary
    • “Pinked” hair for Hair Massacure in support of the Make a Wish Foundation
    • Mini manicures and backstage hair + makeup at the Calgary Women’s Show
  • Red Deer
    • Hair and make up for Central Alberta Theatre
    • In partnership with 90.5 shine FM, we did mini manicures and hairstyles at the Only Women’s Fun Run (in support of the Women’s Outreach Centre)
  • Saskatoon
    • Hair and make up for the contestants at Miss Teen Saskatchewan Pageant
    • Hair and up dos for graduating high school students in need (The Princess Shop)
  • Winnipeg

MC College in the Community: February

There’s something about the month of February: romance in the air, cozy weather and abandoned New Year’s resolutions that makes it the perfect time to volunteer. From braving the cold weather to prep models for a runway show to shaving heads at Hair Massacure, MC College students ‘Shared the Love’ by using their skills to help others in the community.

Red Deer Motion Picture Arts- Red Deer, AB
On February 2nd, students from Red Deer MC College did hair and make-up for a local movie shoot. Students were able to create connections within the motions picture industry and experience what it was like to work behind the scenes as a makeup artist and hairstylist.

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Miss Teenage Southern Alberta- Calgary, AB
From February 8th-9th, students from MC College Calgary had the opportunity to do hair and make-up for the contestants of the Miss Teenage Southern Alberta Pageant. To complement the dress of one of the contestants (floral patterned ball gown with a pink sash), MC College students gave the contestant soft curls and a light berry lip (the latest spring make-up trend)!

Via Twitter:

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Hair Massacure Shave off- Edmonton, Alberta 

To Share the Love on Valentine’s Day, students and staff from Edmonton MC College campus collaborated with local salons to help shave heads for the annual Hair Massacure shave-off event. Every year, participants shave off their hair to raise awareness and money for children battling cancer. From 9am to 9pm, students assisted with shaving over 300 heads, including the Edmonton Eskimos and local radio DJ’s. Check out the flipagram we made: http://instagram.com/p/kahDXhmWIi/ 

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In addition, our very own Hairstyling Instructor, Renato Candia, helped raise awareness by allowing MC College students to shave off his hair. For every 10 likes that this Facebook status received, a student was able to shave off a piece of Renato’s hair:

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Southern Alberta Hair Massacure PINKING- Calgary, Alberta

Calgary MC College students were up bright and early on February 20th to “paint Calgary pink” at Southern Alberta’s Hair Masscure event! Pinking is when participants bleach and color their hair pink to help raise funds and awareness for local children’s charities. From 5:30am to 8am, students pinked over 60 heads! This year, local celebrity Jill Belland from Breakfast Television did a live segment at the campus to help promote Hair Massacure and to capture local teams getting their hair pinked.

Via Twitter:

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More pictures from the event: http://instagram.com/p/kqdy1smWKd/

Fashion on Ice- Winnipeg, Manitoba 

Through snow, sleet and -50°C weather, the fashion show must go on! On February 16th, Winnipeg MC College students did make-up for the models in the Fashion on Ice show at Festival du Voyageur. This first annual outdoor fashion show features local retailers and fashion designers. Included in the show was MC College’s Fashion Design graduate, Jasmine Champagne Lutsy, who showed off her spring/summer collection.

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Interior Health Make-overs- Vernon, British Columbia

On February 27th, students from the Vernon MC College campus invited over 15 staff from Interior Health for a make-over and photo-shoot, which was shot at the Vernon campus! Interior Health provides healthcare programs and services for BC’s Southern region.

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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

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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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Student For a Day: Esthetics Program

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It’s been a year or two since I’ve stepped into a classroom but a few weeks ago I got the chance to be an Esthetics student at MC College. As part of their ‘Student For a Day’ program, my day started out with a tour of the campus: the Artego Creative Lounge (where students from the Esthetics, Hairstyling and Fashion Design program collaborate to create looks for a photo shoot), makeup room, classrooms and spa area. In the spa facility, there were several massage/facial rooms where students practice on each other and do services on clients.

In one of the spa classrooms, new students to the Esthetics program were practicing leg waxes on each other. In another classroom, student were working on nail art and capturing their work on Instagram and Facebook. During my day as a student, I was treated to a spa manicure where I was also shown the step by step learning and evaluation process that students go though for each service they do on clients.

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After a morning of pampering, I was shown proper leg waxing techniques and was able to put my waxing “skills” to the test by waxing the Esthetic students’ legs and brows (I still can’t believe they trusted me to wax their brows!!). I was also able to speak to a few of the students about their experience at MC College and why they were interested in the industry:

 

Student For a Day’ is a program that helps prospective students learn about the industry and their future career path. In this one day program, Students take part in theoretical and practical learning, and get an insight of what life is life as a student at MC College. The ‘Student For a Day’ program is open to High School students interested in a career in the beauty industry and for those who are looking for a career change.

To register in the student for a day program, contact: Nikki McCrimmon [nmccrimmon@mccollege.ca]