Hairy course opens at Lakeland

By Geoff Lee

April 13, 2017 12:00 AM

A LITTLE OFF THE TOP Lakeland College held a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 6 to officially open the new hairstyling lab at the Lloydminster campus. From the left are Judy Sarsons, dean of Lakeland's School of Health, Wellness and University Transfer, Peggy Bosch, industry liaison, Lloydminster Mayor Gerald Aalbers, Lakeland president, Alice Wainwright-Stewart, hairstyling student, Alex Wilcox holding the scissors, Lakeland board chair Darrel Howell and Deb Minish, chair of Lakeland's health, wellness and university transfer. GEOFF LEE LLS PHOTO

Call it a scissor-happy day at the Lloydminster campus of Lakeland College.
A ribbon cutting ceremony on April 6 officially opened the college’s new hairstyling lab, that will house a full- time hairstyling certificate program starting this fall for 24 students.
“We’re officially opening it and we’ve got prospective students that will start next fall,” said Judy Sarsons, dean of Lakeland’s School of Health, Wellness and University transfer.“We’re meeting with them to explain the program.”
Students will complete 1,400 hours of training over 10 months and graduate as eligible hairstylist apprentices.
After completing another 1,400 hours of on-the-job training and passing industry exams, they become a certified journeyman.
One of the 22 prospective students on hand for the opening was Lloydminster’s Eva Ward, who said she is motivated to learn something she’d liked to do for a living at a local school.
Her career aspiration is to open her own business later on in life.
“I am really looking forward to a new lab and it looks like it’s going to be a really good place to learn in,” she said.
The ribbon cutting included a tour of the new lab, which is outfitted with 24 styling locations including one barber chair.
It also has six ergonomic adjustable seats with lots of natural lighting and LED lights.
Hairstyling student, Alex Wilcox, who cut the ribbon, wished she could start over again in the new facility.
“I am very jealous for the new students coming in,” she said.
“They’ll have a lot more space; their clients will feel a lot more comfortable.”
She also thinks just having a new facility in a more public space will account for a lot more walk-in clients.
The lab and public clinic provides 133 sq. metres of space along with a colour room for mixing professional products.
The classroom is adjacent to the lab.
The program’s training is based on Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training courses, with student -managed opportunities.
To that end, the lab comes with a reception area to book and greet clients and to provide hairstyling services and manage product inventory.
Students will also provide hair cuts and styling at some public clinics, which will be advertised next fall.
“There will be a nominal fee because students are going to run this as a business,” said Sarsons.
“The students have to learn a number of skills before we turn them loose on the public.”
Sarsons said she thinks students are excited to learn because it’s a full-time program, and they no longer have to go to Edmonton or Saskatoon to take the training.
Students have access to campus services such as the residence, tutoring, recreation and student employment.
There is also a high demand for hairstylists, which prompted the construction of the lab and full time programming.
“That’s what our advisory committee and industry have told us,” said Sarsons.
“As individuals have retired from that trade, there is always room for more initiative for people to set up their businesses.”

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