Red Deer MC College Spring Graduation

Time flies by when you’re having fun. It’s hard for students to think about practical exams and mannequin work when graduation is around the corner. Throughout the month of May, the Calgary, Edmonton, Kelowna, Red Deer, Saskatoon and Winnipeg MC College campuses each held a Spring Graduation to celebrate and recognize the achievements of their graduates.

On May 10th, I went to Red Deer’s Spring Graduation and got to experience what their grad was all about. The banquet hall was filled with friends, families, industry partners and faculty. From sky high stilettos to glitzy nails and big hair, the Hairstyling and Esthetics students were the superstars of the evening as they danced their way to the stage to their graduation song: Happy by Pharrell William. Throughout the night, toasts to Graduates, Staff, and Students’ families and friends were made.

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A picture slide show of the students played in the background, while graduates and their friends and families took selfies and group pictures at the photo booth (search #mcgrad on Instagram for more pictures!). The evening also included an awards ceremony, dinner and dance. Academic, Creative and the Frank Cairo award were a few of the awards that were handed out.

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The Frank Cairo Award is given to the student who best represents the qualities of: Commitment, Integrity and Respect. These qualities were the basis of Frank Cairo’s success in the industry. Congratulations to the following students who received this prestigious award:

Sasakatoon: Taylor Sproxton and Jay-Lynn Zerebesky
Calgary: Sarah Petersen and Kassandra Delainey
Winnipeg: Kara Larkin
Kelowna: Amy Paxman
Red Deer: Erin Barchuk and Beth Talbot
Edmonton: Chelsea Wells

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Fun awards such as: biggest hair, most fashionable and the most talkative person were also handed out.

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MC College hosts two graduation events at each campus every year. The graduation allows the graduates, their friends and families, and the faculty and industry to come together to celebrate and recognize their achievements.

For more pictures: http://instagram.com/mccollegegroup

The Vernon MC College grad will be held on June 14th 2014.

Trip to Saskatoon

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Paris of the Prairies. City of the Bridges. These are just a few names to describe Saskatoon; home to over 200,000 people. As an Edmontonian and my first trip outside of Alberta (shocking, right?), Saskatoon felt like a home away from home: a big city with a small town feel.

As I arrived for my first visit to the Saskatoon MC College Campus, I was met with the sounds of excitement as students worked on clients and prepared for graduation. During the campus tour, I was able to see the hands-on training the students were receiving, as well as visit the beautiful spa area. Speaking to the graduating students, it was inspiring to hear their reasons for pursuing a career in the industry. It was also great to hear that a majority of the students had a job lined up for them after graduation. Many of those jobs were acquired through hair demonstrations held at MC College and establishing technical experience through volunteering at events such as: Sears Beauty Gala, Woman’s world, Miss Teen Saskatchewan and Fantasy Fashion Show.

As a guest at their graduation, it was amazing to see the overwhelming amount of support at graduation. I had the pleasure of meeting an inspirational and industry-passionate individual: Laddie James, Owner and Hairstylist at Hairstyle Inn. Not only is he a huge supporter of MC College students, he also awards the top student with a scholarship award, the MC2 award. At this years Fall 2013 graduation, Hairstyling student, Carley Aldous, was awarded with the MC2 award and a $500 scholarship.

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At every graduation, the Frank Cairo Award is given to the student who best represents the qualities of: Commitment, Integrity and Respect. These qualities were the basis of Frank Cairo’s success in the industry. This year, Hermien Brits from the Hairstyling program and Bailey Dash from the Esthetics program  received this prestigious award.

MC College hosts two graduation events at each campus every year. The graduation allows the graduates, their friends and families, and the faculty and industry to come together to celebrate and recognize their achievements.

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For more information about the programs at MC College:

http://www.mccollege.ca/brochure2013

To read about Frank Cairo:
http://mccollegeblog.wordpress.com/2013/05/21/frank-cairo-awarded-the-queen-elizabeth-ii-diamond-jubilee-medal/

To learn more about Laddie James and the Hairstyle Inn:
http://www.hairstyleinn.com/