Industry input leads to full-time hairstyling program

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March 6, 2017
Lakeland College is changing the way it delivers its hairstyling programming to better reflect the needs of industry
Starting this fall, Lakeland will offer a full-time hairstyling program at the Lloydminster campus. 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 1,400 hours of on-the-job training and passing industry exams, they’ll become a certified journeyperson.  

Alberta Advanced Education officially approved the Hairstyling program on Feb. 24.

“With the approval of this program, we become one of only two public post-secondary institutions in Alberta with a full-time hairstyling program,” says Michael Crowe, Lakeland’s vice president, academic. Most full-time hairstylist programs are offered by private institutions.  

Currently Lakeland offers a 700-hour part-time pre-employment hairstylist program based primarily at the Lloydminster Comprehensive High School salon. Lakeland will house the full-time program at the Lloydminster campus where a classroom is being renovated into a lab/public clinic with 24 stations.

“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,” says Judy Sarsons, dean of Lakeland’s School of Health, Wellness and University Transfer. Pre-employment graduates may return to Lakeland for an additional semester to complete the technical training hours required for the trade. 

The program’s curriculum is based on Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training’s courses but Lakeland is also incorporating many student-managed opportunities, which is an advantage for students. They will manage the on-campus salon which includes booking and greeting clients, providing hairstyling services, and managing product inventory.  

Offering the program at the Lloydminster campus provides students with a richer campus life experience and access to services such as residence, peer tutoring, recreation, clubs, athletics, and student employment. “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,” says Sarsons.

To learn more about the program, contact Lakeland College at 780 871 5700. An information session will be held April 6 at the Lloydminster campus that will include tours of the new lab.