Lakeland to offer hair course

By Geoff Lee

March 9, 2017 11:04 AM

GIMME IT DOWN TO THERE The Lloydminster campus of Lakeland College will be offering a new Hairstyling Certificate Program this fall in this new lab/clinic. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Hair today, hair tomorrow.
Lakeland College will offer a full-time hairstyling program at the Lloydminster campus this fall in a new lab and clinic.
Students will complete 1,400 hours of training over a 10-month period, graduate with a certificate and be eligible to become hairstylist apprentices.
After completing another 1,400 hours of on-the-job training and passing industry exams, they become a certified journey-person.
“It’s actually the same program that is offered at private colleges,” said Judy Sarsons, dean of Lakeland’s School of Health, Wellness and University Transfer.
“That has never been offered in Lloydminster and we’re only the second public college in Alberta to do this.
“Typically students would go to Edmonton or Saskatoon, maybe Red Deer.”
The new program means Lakeland College will also be hiring Red Seal hair stylists as instructors.
“It’s going to depend on the number of students we have and they are not all going to be full-time instructors,“said Sarsons.
“We could be hiring an additional six instructors with varying degrees of hours.”
The call for hiring is expected to go out in May.
Sarsons said with the opening of the new 24 station lab, students can apply now for the fall program.
The upgraded program will replace an existing 700 hour pre-employment hairstyling program operated at Lloydminster Comprehensive High School.
“Our advisory committee members and salon owners in the region encouraged us to transition to a full-time program because our pre-employment students weren’t continuing their training and becoming certified hairstylists,” said Sarsons.
“We’re thankful for the great partnership we had with the Lloydminster Public School Division, but we’re excited about having these students on campus.”
Pre-employment hair styling graduates may return to Lakeland for an additional semester to complete the technical training hours required for the trade.
“We’re excited to offer a program that leads to someone entering that profession,” said Sarsons.
The program’s curriculum is based on Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training’s courses, but Lakeland is also incorporating many student-managed opportunities that are advantageous for students.
They will manage the on-campus salon which includes booking and greeting clients, providing hairstyling services, and managing product inventory.
Sarsons said by offering the certificate program in Lloydminster, the campus lifestyle will enrich the learning experience.
“So they could live in dorms if they choose, there are student activities on campus, they meet students in other programs,” she said.
“In the private ones, it’s all about that industry, but we’ve broadened it to give it the whole student experience that we think is a great thing and students don’t have to travel to the city to take this program.”
An information session will be held April 6 at the Lloydminster campus and will include tours of the new lab. Sarsons said there is always a need for new hairstylists because we always need to get our hair cut.
“This is a profession that after a number of years long hours, on your feet all the time, people are ready to leave the profession and have others come in and also to have new hairstylists set up their own businesses,” she said.

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