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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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.

 

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! 📺
Watch the promo video

 

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

Sharing the Love with Ronald McDonald House Manitoba

Every month, MC College Winnipeg students take a break from the hustle and bustle of school and the salon/spa to give some TLC (tender lovin’ care) at the Ronald McDonald House. In a partnership with Robertson College, students are invited into the home to set up a pop-up salon/spa for the House Residents and staff.

From nails decorated with hearts, minions and mini Olaf’s the Esthetics students did express manicures and pedicures:

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Photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/rmhmanitoba/

While the Hairstyling students made sure the House Guests’ hair game was strong:

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Photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/rmhmanitoba/

And Robertson College students did massages:

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Photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/rmhmanitoba/

The first time I volunteered here, I did a mani on Baby Joy. I instantly fell in love with her! The way she looked up at me made me want to keep volunteering” says MC College Esthetics student, Shiniah Simard.

Now in her last 4 months of the Esthetics program, Shiniah says that “before [she] started school, [she] she was really shy and volunteering at the House helped [her] get out of [her] bubble”. “Everyone at the House is super nice and interesting” she continues.

We asked her: why is it important to you to volunteer?
Shiniah:You get to meet a lot of interesting people and it feels good to help others

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Photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/rmhmanitoba/

The Ronald McDonald House Manitoba is a home away from home for out-of-town families who are in Winnipeg while their children are receiving care for any illness. The House is a warm, welcoming space where families can connect with each other in a supportive environment. For more information, visit: http://www.rmhmanitoba.org/

MC College in the Community: May

No more winter coats, mittens and Uggs because summer is finally here! Students and Staff at MC College celebrated the new season by getting out in the sun and volunteering in their communities. Here’s what we were up to in the month of May:

Woman’s Show- Calgary, AB
Between May 2-4, MC College Hairstyling and Esthetics students did hair and makeup for 15 runway models at Calgary’s Woman’s Show. From beachey hair to radiant orchid make-up looks, students highlighted this seasons’ top trends on models as they strutted across the runway.

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Skills Alberta- Edmonton, AB
MC College was one of the most popular booths at Skills Alberta. From May 14-15, over 300 High School students from all over Alberta stopped by our booth to talk to our Admissions Advisor about the programs we offer, and to receive complimentary hair touch-ups and make-up applications. After getting ’beautified’ by our Hairstyling and Esthetics students, guests were given the opportunity to be in and direct their own photo shoot with our ‘booth neighbour’, Guru Digital Arts!

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Cuts for Cancer- Kelowna, BC

On May 23, Kelowna MC College students were invited to Kelowna Secondary High School to do haircuts for cancer. Over 30 High School students cut their hair in front of an audience of 200 people – from classmates and administrative staff to friends and families.

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Walk a Mile in Her Shoes- Red Deer, AB
On May 22, Red Deer MC College helped local celebrity, Vinnie Taylor from 100.7 FM, prepare for his 1 mile trek in open-toed high heels for the ‘Walk a Mile in her Shoes’ fundraiser. Esthetics students gave Vinnie a pedicure, complete with sparkly pink nail polish to complement his fabulous stilettos and hot pink tie. The Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is a fundraiser where men walk one mile in women’s high heel shoes to raise funds for the programs and services that are offered at The Outreach Centre.

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The Princess Shop- Saskatoon, SK
On May 30th, Saskatoon Hairstyling and Esthetics students gave High School students the chance to become a princess for a day. Through The Princess Shop, 30 students were treated like royalty, as they received mini makeovers which included: a hairstyle (from Kate Middleton’s signature curls to glamorous updos), mini manicures and make-up application. The Princess Shop is a non-profit organization that helps young Women in need who are graduating from High School with a dress, accessories, and services.

Miss Teen Winnipeg- Winnipeg, MB
MC College students had a blast doing hair and make-up for 10 contestants in the Miss Teen Winnipeg pageant. Contestants rocked the latest make-up and hair trends on stage- from Marilyn Monroe red lips to tousled mermaid waves.

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MC College in the Community: January

Whether it’s pink hair or a new hair cut, the month of January was about helping the community by giving makeovers to those in need and to help raise awareness for children battling cancer. MC College students use their skills for the benefit of others, while at the same time expanding their technical experience by volunteering at community events.

#PaintingYegPink- Edmonton, Alberta

On January 16th, Edmonton MC College buzzed with excitement as students and staff “painted Edmonton pink” at the annual Hair Massacure event for cancer. From 6AM to 5PM, students pinked over 40 heads and beards (eyebrows included!). But what’s “pinking”, you ask? Pinking is when people raise funds for children battling cancer by bleaching and coloring their hair fuschia pink. Local celebrity, Bridget Ryan from Breakfast Television was on location to interview participants while they got their hair bleached and pinked by our students. This year, the campus was visited by a “furry special” guest, Freddy the Poodle, who wore pink extensions to help participants raise awareness! The second part of Hair Massacure will take place on February 14 at West Edmonton Mall, where MC College students will assist with shaving heads.

“A huge THANK YOU to everyone who came out to support @HairmassacureNA at @mccollegegroup @thestollery @rmhnorthernAB #powerofawish”- @MakeAWishAB via Twitter

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Pictures from Hair Massacure Pinking 2014

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Helping the Community, One Cut at a Time- Vernon, British Columbia 

On January 2, Vernon MC College students and staff were invited to put their skills to the test for those in need at Vernon Alliance Church’s Common Threads event. From 1PM-3PM students gave out over 20 free haircuts.

#mcteamfabulous- Vernon, British Columbia

To kick off Vernon MC College’s #mcteamfabulous event, students from Seaton High School were invited for a campus tour and makeover. With High School graduation around the corner, the students received a new hairstyle, learned how to fabulously pose in selfies and experience what student life is like at MC College.

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Parkridge Centre- Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Saskatoon MC College students and staff made a special visit to Parkridge Centre. Not only did the students give out mini manicures and hair touch-ups, they also taught the residents about basic body and hair care! Parkridge Centre is a long term care facility for over 240 residents ranging in age from Preschool to over 100 years of age.

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MC College in the Community

This December, MC College students got into the Christmas spirit by using 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 December:

Help Portrait- Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Using their skills to help others, students from Saskatoon’s MC College did haircuts, styles and makeup at the annual Help Portrait event on December 8th. Students and staff gave over 50 people mini makeovers to get them ready for their family portraits. Help portrait is a movement among photographers, hairstylists, makeup artists and volunteers, who transform, capture and deliver portraits of people who are not able to afford family portraits.

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Cops for Cancer Head Shave- Edmonton, AB

Every year, MC College partners with students from the Emergency Response Career Pathway program at Centre High, to support Cops for Cancer. On December 12, between 10am-12pm, students from the Edmonton MC College campus shaved and pinked over 100 heads!

Via Twitter: “Huge s/o to @mccollegegroup for helping out with the @CentreHigh head shave for cancer.”- @trifattytri

 

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Christmas Manicures- Red Deer, AB

On December 19th, students from Red Deer MC College brought an early Christmas gift to the residents of Symphony Senior Living’s, Aspen Ridge.  Students did Christmas themed manicures on seniors and participated in the facilities bean bag toss game! Esthetics student, Brooklyn Remple said “I really like visiting with them and they are so grateful for us to be there”.

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Women’s Transition House- Vernon, BC

On December 19th, students and staff from Vernon MC College visited the Vernon Women’s Transition House society to give free cuts and mini manicures to the residents and staff.  The Vernon Women’s Transition House Society is a nonprofit organization that offers 24 hour emergency services to women who are dealing with issues of abuse and violence.

Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree- Edmonton, AB

Between December 19 and December 22, students at the Edmonton MC College campus did hair and make up for the performers in the Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree. Every year, MC College students and staff are invited backstage to do hair and make up for local artists and get to experience what it’s like to work at a live event! Accompanied by an orchestra and a 150 person singing Christmas tree, the Edmonton Singing Christmas tree highlights local talent and donates 100%  of all proceeds to local charities, organizations and children in need.

Via Twitter: “Thanks to the great hair and makeup girls making all @EdmSingingTree look great #yeg #mccollege”- @SophieSerafino

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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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