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Make waves at Winnipeg Technical College

Style it how you like, the simple truth is a quality education in hairstyling has never been more crucial than it is today. The anticipated retirement of a high percentage of baby boomers in the next 15 years forecasts a marked deficit in skilled trades workers in the province. This, paired with the recent advent and rise of the boutique salon in Manitoba, and society’s ever-increasing emphasis on health, happiness and personal wellbeing, means an enhanced demand for skilled and qualified stylists. Winnipeg Technical College (WTC)’s hairstyling program gives students everything they need to succeed in the field, enabling them to step straight out of the classroom and onto the salon floor.

WTC’s accredited hairstyling program provides students with the study and practice of all aspects of hair services for men and women. Students also receive basic manicure training on natural nails, and basic beauty treatments such as makeup product and application, and eyebrow arching and waxing.  A four-week internship gives students practical hands-on experience working in a real salon, and gives them opportunity to network and build their portfolio.

Winnipeg Technical College hairstyling grad Scott Ramos now retains a position at one of Manitoba's hottest new salons.
Winnipeg Technical College hairstyling grad Scott Ramos now retains a position at one of Manitoba’s hottest new salons.

WTC is the only public college in Manitoba to offer this kind of program, meaning students get more bang for their buck – coming in under $6,000, the program tuition is accessible to students from all walks of life (compare this with the $12,000+ tuition charged at other strictly private institutions). Students will also have access to free parking, all college amenities and auxiliary support services. A recent expansion means increased classroom and salon space, and top-of-the-line facilities and products.

While most students in Manitoba must wait until after high school to begin a career in skilled trades or technology, Winnipeg Technical College offers a fast track to an engaging career.

“Our program also accepts high school students from the Pembina Trails School Division (PTSD), who can attend during Grades 11 and 12,” says Mary Elliott, hairstyling instructor. “Not only do they gain credits for their graduation requirements, they also complete the first level of an industry certification through Apprenticeship Manitoba. And since PTSD sponsors these students, their tuition is free.”

All of WTC’s instructors are experts in their fields, with years of industry experience under their belts. In pace with the changing media and times, they offer students a variety of learning platforms, including cutting-edge MiLady or Pivot Point which allow students the freedom to study and perfect their styling techniques anytime, anywhere, from home or mobile device.

Daytime and evening programs are available, keeping with Winnipeg Technical College’s mandate of accessibility. Both program options are accredited, and follow Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade, Apprenticeship Branch guidelines – meaning all successful graduates leave the college career-ready and qualified for any salon.

The cumulative employment rate for graduates of WTC’s hairstyling program is an impressive 86 per cent. Scott Ramos, a program graduate, has made waves in the Manitoba styling scene. He currently works at the trendy and popular Berns & Black Salon & Spa, owned by Kitty Bernes, another WTC grad. “The hairstyling program changed my life,” Ramos says. “It was filled with inspiring teachers. They continually believed in me and pushed me in the right direction.”

To register or learn more about WTC’s hairstyling program, visit www.wtc.mb.ca, or call (204) 989-6500.

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