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

Edmonton MC College Students to appear in TLC Network’s ‘Global Beauty Masters’ show

 

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Survivor meets the Contessa’s (Canada’s largest Hairstyling competition) to the extreme! Nicolette Pirrott (instagram: @sharksloveteeth)  and Tao Ping, two MC College Hairstyling Students from Edmonton will be featured in TLC network’s “Global Beauty Masters” show, set to premier on March 17th 2016 at 4pm (MT).

“We’re pleased to have ‘Global Beauty Masters’ on TLC” says David Melia, TLC’s Vice President of Programming. “This is a fascinating world that our viewers will be excited to explore.”

This past Fall, the two Edmonton students traveled to Las Vegas to compete in the second annual Global Beauty Masters competition. The competition is a television series that unites Hairstylists and Hairstyling Students from around the globe who compete to win the coveted title of “Global Beauty Masters”.

From the Global Beauty Masters website: “After a rough start to their first trip to Las Vegas, Canadians Nicolette and Tao arrive without their team leader. To remain in the competition, they are matched with local student Natalie who volunteers to help them.”

Working together as the ‘MC Team’, Nicolette and Tao endured a week of intensive hair, makeup, nails and styling competition against teams from around the world, while being filmed for the show.

It was an awesome experience that I’ll never forget. It was inspiring to be around people that have the same passion and feeding off their energy to create something amazing!” says Nicolette.

The show will premier on TLC on March 17 at 4:00 PM (MT).

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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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

 

Pivot Point’s Learn About Beauty

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Say ‘bye Felicia’ 👋 to lugging around heavy books 📚 because we have some exciting news!!!

This February, we will be the FIRST Canadian School to launch Pivot Point’s Learn About Beauty. Whether English is your second language or you’re struggling to keep up, LAB will keep you motivated to learn and keep you on track with your education. But…what is LAB?!

 
From Snapchat to Instagram, you 💕 sharing your selfies and connecting with your friends. With LAB, it’s similar – it’s a digital learning platform that looks and feels like Social Media. From showing off pictures of your latest Kylie Jenner-Esque hair creations to posting tips for creating on fleek ombre nails in the discussion forum, you’ll be able to post and communicate with MC Instructors, Support Staff and Students across all 6 MC College campuses.

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If you’re a competitive person, you can earn points for social activities and school work in LAB. You can see how you stack up with the members of your community and “rise up to the challenge of your rivals” (aka: other students) to the top of the leaderboard.

 
Whether you’re on an iPhone or Samsung, computer or a tablet, you have easy and on-demand access to an online collection of study guides, quizzes, videos and more. Learn at your own pace, whenever and wherever you need it!

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Pivot Point educational content is at the core of LAB. Lessons are short and include interactive materials to make learning fun and engaging. Included in LAB are learning paths which will guide you through every step of your education and keep you organized.

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WHAT OUR STUDENTS ARE SAYING*:
“LAB is awesome! It’s very helpful being able to access the videos and notes. The lesson challenges make studying so much easier and I don’t dread studying or doing homework”
“Very helpful when it comes to exams!”
“It motivates me to study with a little friendly competition”

*testimonials are from students who have used LAB.

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For more information, click here.

 

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)

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.

Open house was a success!

If you attended our Open House last weekend, thanks! Over 300 people came through our doors to check out our Hairstyling, Esthetics and Fashion Design* programs, and experience the vibrant student atmosphere.

Our students were available to give tours of the campus and do complimentary services such as manicures, hand massages and mini hair make-overs. Both guests and students had a blast with our MC College frame at the photo booth:

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In one classroom, computers were set up so guests can explore Artist Access; MC College’s online learning resource. In Artist Access, students can access their textbooks and classroom materials from their smart phones, tablets and laptops… anywhere, anytime. In another classroom, there were Financial Advisors from BMO, RBC and CIBC available to answer questions about financing and funding.

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At the event, every campus held a student-led photo shoot. From Gossip Girl to Hollywood glamour and Walking Dead themed photo shoots, MC College students did hair, make-up and wardrobe styling on models, and directed the photo shoot.

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Potential students and their families had the chance to experience student life through hands-on, interactive demos. MC College students, staff and alumni showed guests how to do trendy nail art, smokey eye make-up, fashion design sketching and up-dos for prom.

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Each campus drew for a $1000 scholarship to MC College. Congratulations to the following winners: Avory Kania, Kyle Adrian, Amanda Borisow, Lori Sawatzky, Megan Schalk, Emanuela Sofineti and Jessica Bushey! We can’t wait for you to start at MC College!

Missed the Open House? No worries! You can contact our Admissions Advisors year-round to set up a campus tour. They are more than happy to answer your questions and show you around the campus.

See you next year!!

*the Fashion Design program is currently only offered in Edmonton and Winnipeg.

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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Alumni Profile: Courtney Janz

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With an infatuation of everything beauty, Courtney Janz knew she was destined to be in the beauty industry. She received her first lessons from her grandmother who always made sure that her own makeup and nails were done. She encouraged Courtney to experiment with makeup and discover her artistry. Growing up, Courtney was the girl who would stop strangers to ask what shade of lipstick someone was wearing. “I wanted to know the brand and exact name of the colour!”, exclaimed Courtney

As it became time to start thinking about a career, Courtney’s hairstylist suggested that she look into MC College’s Esthetics program. MC College happened to be a perfect fit for her as she had plans to relocate to Saskatoon! Days after graduating, she was offered a position at The Make-Up Studio. Eight years later, Courtney has worked her way up to Manager of this popular Saskatoon beauty salon. As manager, Courtney is responsible for the daily operations including hiring and training staff as well as maintaining her clientele. Every year, Courtney and her staff provide makeup services for the Telemiracle, a charity event that assists Saskatchewan residents receive access to special needs equipment and medical assistance. Over the years, Courtney has worked with Sesame Street’s Bob McGrath and music artists Amy Sky, Beverly Mahood, Johnny Reid and Patricia Conroy on this amazing charity event. She has also worked with Canadian celebrities Joni Mitchell and Brent Butt at the 2005 Lieutenant Governor Centennial Gala.

As parts of her career are glamourous, there is also the reality. According to Courtney, natural talent, a love of people, and a genuine passion are essential for success in the beauty industry. If you are not passionate, your client will notice. Not sure that it’s right for you? Speak with someone who is already in that field. Ask them questions about the industry, services and products.

“The major thing about this industry is that you only get better with time. Your services will get better, you will get better and reading and interacting with your clients and you will become more successful because you have a better understanding of the dynamics of the job. Until you have a few years experience under your belt it best to put your best face forward, be as kind and friendly as possible, continue educating yourself so that you can educate your clients and start building a lasting rapport with them. “ | Courtney Janz

To learn more about our exciting Esthetics program, check out our website.

See the slide show below for examples of Courtney’s work!

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