Transforming Beauty Through Technology: Minnesota School of Cosmetology Introduces Apple iPad into Learning Curriculum

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Transforming Beauty Through Technology
Minnesota School of Cosmetology Introduces Apple iPad into Learning Curriculum
Cosmetology school is first in Minnesota to utilize iPad learning

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (January 13, 2014) – Minnesota School of Cosmetology is transforming the way cosmetology students learn with the use of Apple technology. Now all Minnesota School of Cosmetology students and instructors will utilize the iPad as part of the learning and teaching experience; in the classroom and on the salon floor. Minnesota School of Cosmetology is the first cosmetology school in Minnesota to add this innovative technology to its learning curriculum.

“We believe the iPad and its engaging content will improve learning, ignite creativity and add to the overall effectiveness of the cosmetology teaching and learning processes,” says Jill Hocking, campus director at Minnesota School of Cosmetology Woodbury campus. “We are very excited to move forward with this innovative change.”

Utilizing the iPad will not only be more eco-friendly, eliminating the need for textbooks and paper handouts, but will assist with training in all areas of cosmetology. Students will utilize applications to practice hands-on skills, such as color placement, study for state board exams, and record videos of procedures taught in class. The iPad will also allow students to easily take notes, as well as access e-books and apps that give students an opportunity to customize a client’s look prior to performing the service. This will allow clients to get a preview of what a style will look like, and ultimately enhance the salon experience.

It is our goal to make cosmetology education affordable for every committed student. The iPad is now part of the cosmetology kit and included in overall tuition costs. Minnesota School of Cosmetology offers several scholarships, other forms of financial aid and payment plans for students.

“We strive to prepare our students for success in future cosmetology careers,” says Elaine Vandenburgh, campus director at the Minnesota School of Cosmetology Plymouth campus. “The use of iPad technology is going to give our students an edge, putting them at the forefront of the beauty industry and making them more competitive in the workforce.”

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 The Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) provides hands-on training for careers in beauty and fashion. Working under the direct supervision of licensed instructors, students apply their skill and talent—providing high-quality, affordable services to the public. MSC has two locations: Woodbury (651-287-2180) or Plymouth (763-404-4800). MSC is part of the Globe network, a premier, family-managed system of career colleges, universities and training centers based in Woodbury, Minn. These specialty skills colleges prepare work-ready professionals for successful careers in a wide range of high-demand fields. Through its mission, We Care, the organization integrates hands-on and career-focused education with service- and applied-learning experiences that expose students to their communities and real-world situations. For more information about Minnesota School of Cosmetology go to

Twin Cities Live Viewer Receives Virtual Makeover

The possibilities are endless with the use of iPads at the Minnesota School of Cosmetology. This was seen firsthand as Twin Cities Live viewer, Stephanie, received a complete virtual makeover, courtesy of MSC. Stephanie was a little nervous but definitely excited as she began her transformation with the help of the new technology.

“The integration of iPads into our curriculum not only changes how students learn in the classroom, but allows clients like Stephanie to have a completely different experience on the salon floor,” says Jill Hocking, campus director at Minnesota School of Cosmetology Woodbury campus.

Stephanie wanted a new look for her upcoming birthday, so to begin, Minnesota School of Cosmetology student, Heather, used an app on her iPad to show Stephanie a few different makeover options. After taking Stephanie’s photo on the iPad, Heather was able to upload it to the application to show Stephanie what different hairstyles would look like on her, before even touching a pair of shears.

“The iPad is really good for clients who want drastic changes,” Heather says about using apps to show clients potential new looks. “It makes them feel more comfortable and relieves the tension so that we can just take care of them.”

With the guidance of Heather and MSC instructor, Irene, Stephanie decided on a cut and color, and she was off to the shampoo sinks to begin her transformation. To give her a more mature look, Heather cut Stephanie’s hair to collarbone-length with an inverted style, meaning longer in the front and shorter in the back. She also gave her bangs. Heather then applied all-over base hair color to bring out the natural red undertones in Stephanie’s hair.

While the color set, Heather began working on Stephanie’s makeup. Once again, she used the iPad app to determine the best look. She was able to choose everything from the foundation, lipstick color and eye makeup, all with the use of the app.

Heather applied foils to add some highlights in Stephanie’s hair, and after a few finishing touches and some styling, Stephanie’s new look was revealed.

“I love it,” says Stephanie after seeing the final result. “It’s even better than I expected.”

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