Student of the Month: Cinthia Tejeda

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Growing up in Mexico, Cinthia always believed that everyone deserves a chance. “I worked as a volunteer for an orphanage in Mexico City. In a city with at least a million kids living [on] the streets, it was hard for me to ignore that growing problem…”. After studying law for a year and immigrating to Calgary from Mexico in 2008, Cinthia decided to follow her passion and start her career towards becoming an Esthetician. “Cinthia has impressed us at the campus with her open and positive personality. She is an extremely hard worker that consistently goes above and beyond the call” says Calgary Director, Todd Maki.

Why did you choose Esthetics as a career?
“I love making people feel happy. When they come here, they might be stressed out from life but I get to help them feel their best and I love that feeling…I always knew I wanted to be an Esthetician but it took me awhile to realize it. For so long, I wanted to be a lawyer. I studied law for a year in Mexico…but I wasn’t passionate about it….I love beauty products and making people happy. When I came to Calgary, I started investigating Esthetics”.

 

What do you like most about Esthetics so far?
“Facials and body treatments! I love the theory behind why facials are good for your skin and body. I can’t wait to learn about advanced facials…It’s so interesting!! I also like working closely with customers. They trust you with their looks and their secrets.”

 

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What has surprised you the most about beauty school?
“How much you can do and learn in one month. After one month in school, I learned how to do facials and manicures. To me, this is amazing that we could learn so much in just one month.”

 

What do you love about MC College?
“Everything about MC is OMG. Everything is amazing. Destiny (Esthetics Instructor) is amazing! She makes the place shine and she is entertaining, passionate and knowledgeable. Everyday we learn something new and everyday is different. I have been given so many tools to learn different things.”


What has been the most challenging thing you’ve learned at MC College? Why?
“Balancing life at home with school. I love all of my instructors and classmates but at the same time, you get stressed out because you see them more than your family.”

What is the best advice you’ve received about the industry, beauty school or career?
“Follow your passion. Put your heart into it and try your best and always work hard…for so long, I wanted to be a lawyer. But when I moved to Calgary, I realized that it wasn’t my calling.”

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Follow her!!
Instagram: @canadianesthetician
Snapchat: canadianestheician

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READY TO SHINE 6: A Cut Above the Rest

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From bougie dresses to blouses channeling Coachella vibes, Fashion Studies students from 7 Edmonton Public High Schools got the chance to show off their designs at Kingsway Mall’s Ready to Shine event. Now in its 6th year, the event challenges High School students to design and construct garments for evening, career and casual wear. They also made garments out of unconventional materials such as recycled newspaper, shopping bags and bubble wrap.

 

As a proud sponsor, year after year, we were excited to see the designs of Edmonton’s next top fashion designers. The garments were modelled on the runway by High School Students and local celebrities such as: Nicole Crosbie (95.7 Cruz FM), Kimberley Wynn (CTV), Stacey Brotzel (CTV), Dana Giesbrecht (Shaw TV), Nancy Carlson (Global TV) and Ami Amato (Up 99.3 FM). The show did not disappoint….it was LIT!!

Another photo of my design from Ready to Shine 6! #rts6 #readytoshine6 #yegdesign #yegstudent @kimwynnctv

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Last years’ winner of our scholarship and current MC College Fashion Student, Aike Zhumaglova, was on location to announce the winner of this year’s scholarship recipient.

Congrats to the participating High Schools: Harry Ainlay, Ross Shepard, WP Wagner, McNally, M.E Lazerte, L.Y Cairns and Jasper Place High School.

 

Did you miss the live segment on Dinner Television? You can watch it here: http://www.kingswaymall.com/ready_to_shine.asp
‘Ready to Shine’ is a fundraising partnership with Kingsway mall and the Edmonton Public School Foundation to showcase young fashion designers and their creative minds. This year, the event raised $20,000 for the Edmonton Public Schools Foundation’s full day kindergarten program in schools located in vulnerable social communities.

 

💁 Student of the Month: Taya Tkachuk

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From balayage to “granny hair”, this lady is slaying it on Instagram! Born and raised in a small town, you may have seen her at last week’s MC Pop Up Salon  as a feature Entrepreneur/Stylist. 💇

Our Student of the Month is Hairstylist-to-be, Taya Tkachuk 👏 👏 from the Edmonton campus. “Taya is a lovely student inside and out. She is always willing to lend a helping hand and has an eagerness to learn” says Edmonton Director, Analia Rubie.

1). Why did you choose Hairstyling as a career?
“It’s always been a passion of mine. Back home in Lac La Biche, there weren’t many opportunities for me to explore hair. I was always the one my friends and family went to for hair and makeup…and it just became my thing.”

2). What do you like most about Hairstyling so far?
“Making people feel good about themselves. Once you’ve achieved this, it’s the best feeling ever and it makes you feel like you can do anything.”

3). How was the Pop Up Salon?
“It was a great experience outside of school! It helped me understand what goes on behind the scenes of a salon….I learned different techniques in blow drying…and running/managing a salon”.

4). What has surprised you the most about beauty school?
“Unit 3. I wasn’t expecting to learn about anatomy. I hate that people stereotype hair school as dumb but that’s not true. You need to know your stuff…even anatomy. All the studying and hair that you do puts a lot of stress on your body. You put so many hours into doing one clients’ hair to make them happy and studying on top of that! Its not just applying color or cutting hair…it’s much more”.

5). What do you love about MC College?
“I love the teachers and the people…it’s so welcoming here and I wasn’t expecting that when I started school! Every day is a fun day at school even if you’re in class or not.”

6). What has been the most challenging thing you’ve learned at MC College? Why?
“Clients can be a bit overwhelming…you learn how to work with people of all personalities and know when to end a conversation politely…and saying no to clients can be hard too. Especially when it comes to hair color”

7). What are your plans for the future after graduating?
“I want to stay in Edmonton for the opportunities when I graduate. But in the future, I would love to move to Toronto or Montreal, and start doing hair competitions. I want to see how far I can get with my career”

8). What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a Hairstylist?
“Make sure it’s a passion of yours and not just a job…You need passion and drive cause you can’t just do a half assed job in this. You gotta be all in.
9). What is the best advice you’ve received about the industry, beauty school or career?
“You can’t please everyone…do the best you can and work with your own knowledge.”

Follow her! 
Instagram: @Taya.Hair
Snapchat: tayatkachuk
Twitter: @tootie_19

Student of the Month: Afreen Merchant 💅

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From full time single Mom to student, this woman is a super hero! 👑 Our Student of the Month goes out to Esthetician-to-be, ➡️ Afreen Merchant ⬅️ from the Calgary campus. “She has an incredible attitude about her studies, the school and life… and spreads her own special brand of optimism” says Calgary Director, Todd Maki.

Why did you choose Esthetics as a career?
“Both my Mom and Grandma were Beauticians. Unfortunately, God felt that he was missing two Angels and they are now with him, so this allows me to feel connected to them in some way. Beauty has always been something I have found an interest in, and when I was at my lowest and didn’t know what to do with my life, Esthetics was there for me.”

What do you like most about Esthetics so far?
“I love the way people smile after they get their treatment done. It is the highlight of my day knowing that I can make a difference in someone’s life no matter how big or little.”

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What do you love about MC College?
“I love my instructors!…My learning experience has been easier because they have been so understanding….Everyone is supportive here. They are always there for you and help you when you make a mistake. It feels like another family to me, we are always together”

 

We understand, the struggle is real…so what has been the most challenging thing you’ve learned at MC College? Why?
“I am a full time Mom. My son will always come first so it was very difficult taking care of him, balancing school, and studying for tests and quizzes. There are days where I wake up at 7am to get my son ready so that I can drop him off to day care before going to school, and staying up till 3 or 4 in the morning studying and finishing assignments after I have put him to bed.”

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What is the best advice you’ve received about the industry, beauty school or career?
“Beauty will never go out of style”

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Unit 3 photo shoot: Mother Nature

What advice would you give to someone who wants to become an Esthetician?
“It isn’t just a job, or just a hobby. It’s a full time commitment. The instructors are really helpful and they ensure that you will succeed. The most important thing to remember is that it’s okay to ask questions.”

What are your must have Bernard Cassiere or OPI products?
“Honey oxygenating line…I have sensitive skin and my face never reacts badly to it” 

 

SHOW HER SOME LOVE! 😘
Instagram: @afreen_rayyan
👻: afreenm
Twitter: @merchant_afreen

 

Alumni Profile: John Radu

 

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Photo credit: Allison Seto (allisonseto.com) via Branded Magazine

From Don Draper’s side part and the classic pompadour to EDM, John is a barber and master stylist by day and a DJ by night. As a 1997 graduate from the Hairstyling program at the Calgary campus, he is the owner and visionary behind Cannibale Barbershop; the first barbershop/lounge concept in Calgary. He is also:

• A stylist at Josef Saliba Salon
• An Educator and Platform Artist at Tigi.

In November 2015, he was featured on the cover of Branded Magazine and their “Cutting it Old School” article. Read it here: http://brandedyyc.com/cutting-it-old-school/

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Photo credit: Allison Seto (allisonseto.com) via Branded Magazine

His career in Hairstyling started at a young age.  “I have been around the industry all my life but at that time I never wanted to be a Hairdresser” says John.  His mother, a Hairstylist, influenced him to be part of the industry. He decided to enroll at MC College (it was Marvel College back then!) as he was looking for a school with a good reputation. “I really loved everything about the course. Even all the sets and finger waves…it does pay off in the long run! It was good to learn everything and never box yourself into just one thing”.

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From travelling across North America with Tigi to experiencing backstage madness at the Libertine Show at New York Fashion Week, John has over 18 years of experience in the industry. Throughout his career, he has taught barbering classes and has been an integral part of the Tigi Creative Team at events such as Chicago ABS (America’s Beauty Show), International salon and spa expo and more. “Since I’ve graduated, I‘ve had an amazing career. It’s an amazing industry that lets you be creative and make a pretty damn good living.

We asked him: What advice would you give to MC College students?
“Work hard and really absorb everything that is being taught…never stop educating yourself. Education is the key to success!”

Follow him on Instagram! @cannibalebarber_yyc

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Photo credit: Robert Valentine Photography (http://www.rvphotographics.com/)

Struggles only Fashion Design Students will understand:

1). Fashion week is more exciting than Christmas.

2). People constantly asking you to make clothes for them

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3). The feeling you get when someone asks you where you got your dress/skirt/pants from and you respond with: “I made it”.

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4). Finding pieces of thread everywhere. Food. Bed. Car. Literally….everywhere.

5). This meme of what people think of you:

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6). Always critiquing stranger’s and friend’s clothes (pattern making skills, seams, fabric).

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7). When you get “Judy’s” measurements wrong…

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8). When people ask you, “so you’re going to be on Project Runway?”

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9). you have a love/hate relationship with seam rippers

10). It’s the end of the world when the bobbin runs out.

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11). Your hands, arms and clothing always have pencil/paint/charcoal/pen smudges on it

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12).Gunning it on the sewing machine like you’re driving a Lamborghini

13). Always window shopping but never buying because you can always make it yourself!

14). You are a pro at making mood boards

Alumni Profile: Jessilyn Poole

eveandenoch_2_newJessilyn Poole is a graduate from MC College Edmonton’s Fashion Design program. Fresh out of school and driven by her dedication for “carefully curated” clothing pieces, she founded EVE + ENOCH in 2011.From clean lines to flirty silhouettes, she describes the contemporary clothing line as “very wearable and comfortable. It’s trendy, but… will last and transition into several seasons”. eve and enochAs a Canadian Fashion Designer, she is an advocate of shopping local, “I want to create clothing in my city because…people have become disconnected in retail…if you put a face behind it, you can make them realize what they’re buying and make more conscious decisions” she says.

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From sewing with a needle and thread at 5 years old to mastering the sewing machine at 7, her career in Fashion started at a young age. “I’ve always dreamed about design for as long as I can remember. As a kid, I lived in a world of scissors and construction paper. Later, I played with fabric to create clothing” says Jessilyn. After designing and constructing her High School graduation dress, Jessilyn decided to make her dream career as a Fashion Designer a reality, and enroll in a Fashion program. MC College Edmonton was the right place for her as it offered everything that she was looking for: internship opportunities, clothing line and collection development, fashion marketing, and more.

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We asked her: what was your favorite part of the course?
The New Designers Fashion Show. “It was cool to be able to show friends and family what I had designed and created. This part was helpful in showing me what fashion shows looks like and what is needed to organize one”.

As a designer and entrepreneur, her biggest eye opener was the amount of blood, sweat and tears that was put into starting a clothing line: from business loans and sourcing local materials to creating an e-commerce website. Her advice to current and prospective MC College fashion students is to be ready to live, “eat” and breathe fashion, “Be sure you’re ready to dedicate all your time. Take a little time each day…to clear your head, and get inspired and get new ideas outside of your routine”.

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Today, EVE + ENOCH is available online (eveandenoch.com) and at Bamboo Ballroom. Jessilyn’s goal is to sell her designs in retail stores across Canada and expand her production studio.

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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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Have you ever wondered how to start your own salon or spa?

Modern Magazine estimated that the total revenue for all North American salon industry services in 2012 was approximately $75.38 billion and is expected to increase within the next few years. For this reason, many people in the beauty industry are motivated to advance their career by opening their own salon or spa.

Because many MC College students aspire to opening their own salon or spa, MC College is offering an entrepreneurship course to help Full Time Hairstyling students succeed as an entrepreneur in the beauty industry. With the help of Grant MacEwan University, industry experts and the Education Director at MC College, the course teaches students how to promote and differentiate their product and services, accounting/financial processes, and how to write a business plan. In this 5 day course, students travel to Grant MacEwan University to receive practical, hands-on training while at the same; experiencing what university life is like (did I mention that this course is provided to Full Time MC College Hairstyling students at no extra cost!).

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The Salon Entrepreneurship course is a complement course to MC College’s salon business program, ‘Shaping Your Success’. This program gives students the skills and knowledge to succeed in a client driven industry by focusing on topics such as personal marketing and client building/retention.

The Salon Entrepreneurship course is currently only offered at the Edmonton MC College Campus and is taught by Frank Saccucci, a professor in the School of Business at Grant MacEwan University. He has over 25 years of professional experience in management consulting, commercial banking and venture capital.

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For more information: http://www.mccollege.ca/programs/?
To download a program brochure: http://www.mccollege.ca/brochure2013