Minnesota School of Cosmetology and Operation Glass Slipper Make Prom Season a Little Brighter

College partners with organization to help girls in need by serving as prom accessory donation site

Minnesota School of Cosmetology is collecting prom item donations in partnership with Operation Glass Slipper, an organization that provides prom dresses and accessories to girls who otherwise may not have the funds to attend.

Both Minnesota School of Cosmetology campuses, located in Woodbury and Plymouth, are collecting dresses, shoes, jewelry, purses and other accessories. All donations will be given to Operation Glass Slipper to provide to students in need at its Princess Event, when students who have been nominated are able to get everything they need for prom. This year’s event is March 14-15 at Southdale Shopping Center in Edina, Minn. An estimated 1,000 girls are expected to attend.

“We’re excited about our partnership with Operation Glass Slipper,” says Jill Hocking, campus director for Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Woodbury. “As professionals in the cosmetology industry, we love making girls feel beautiful, and Operation Glass Slipper shares that mission with us.”

MSC will also donate certificates for complimentary updos or specialty styles to girls who attend the Princess Event.

“We’re always looking for ways to help out our local communities and give our students hands-on experience at the same time,” says Elaine Vandenburgh, campus director for Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Plymouth. “Our students love being part of this project each year.”

Donations can be dropped off year-round at either of the Minnesota School of Cosmetology campuses during hours of operation:

Plymouth:
1425 Country Road 101 North
Plymouth, MN 55417

Woodbury:
1750 Weir Drive, Suite 3
Woodbury, MN 55125

Mon: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tues: 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. (7:30 p.m. at Plymouth)
Wed: 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Thurs: 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Fri: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sat: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Visit www.msccollege.edu to learn more.

ABOUT MINNESOTA SCHOOL OF COSMETOLOGY

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) and Plymouth (763-404-4800). MSC is part of the Globe Education 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 www.msccollege.edu.

Minnesota School of Cosmetology Shows How to Wear Oscar-Winning Hair and Makeup Looks on Twin Cities Live

By: Brittney Klingl

The Oscars is undoubtedly the biggest night in Hollywood. Hundreds of A-listers gather in one room to honor each other’s performances over the last year, and dozens of news outlets are in attendance to document the star-studded night. Almost as high-profile as the award nominees, presenters and winners themselves are their fashion choices. The dresses, tuxedos, hair and makeup styles are buzzed about for days leading up to, during and after the event.

It may be hard to picture yourself sporting these red carpet looks, but on Tuesday, Feb. 24, Minnesota School of Cosmetology showed Twin Cities Live viewers how to create award-winning hair and makeup styles at home in their own bathrooms for a special night out or just running errands around town.

In a segment that also featured clothing styles from Mall of America, MSC instructor Donna Dungy explained to TCL’s Emily Engberg how simple it can be to wear this year’s hottest Oscars looks every day.

Elle Bliss models a Jennifer Lopez-inspired ponytail as Donna Dungy tells Twin Cities Live's Emily Engberg how to get the look.

For the first look, MSC student Celeste Pereira styled fellow classmate Abby Resch to emulate Sienna Miller’s elegant French twist updo. By simply parting the hair and doing a two-strand twist on each side, she pulled the rest of the hair into a bun, and completed the style with natural-looking makeup.

Left: Sienna Miller (Photo Courtesy: PopSugar), Middle and Right: MSC version

Student Lisa Klatt styled Marquitta Wood’s hair to look loose, but still put together, similar to busy mom on-the-go Zoe Saldana. The key to this look is the face-framing curls and neutral makeup tones.

Left: Zoe Saldana (Photo Courtesy: PopSugar), Middle and Right: MSC version

For a classic look that never goes out of style, MSC stylist Tawni Kramer gave model Elle Bliss a sleek, J. Lo-inspired high ponytail. Dungy explains how ponytails work with all types of hair and can be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion.

Left: Jennifer Lopez (Photo Courtesy: Glamour), Middle and Right: MSC version

Finally, Paige Nelson simplified Gina Rodriguez’s glamorous side bun with fellow student Jackie Perez. As Dungy explains, buns are very fashionable and can be worn many different ways. This style can be achieved by simply starting with a ponytail, pulling it to the side, accentuating with some curls and pinning it up into a messy but fashionable updo.

Left: Gina Rodriguez (Photo Courtesy: PopSugar), Middle and Right: MSC version

Dungy explains that these styles are simple enough for anyone to do at home, but if you want the red carpet treatment without the red carpet cost, MSC provides a variety of cosmetology services to the public at its Woodbury and Plymouth locations. Visit www.msccollege.edu to learn more.

Watch the full Twin Cities Live segment.

 



Where Are They Now? 9 Questions for MSC Graduate Jennifer Hawes

Minnesota School of Cosmetology’s (MSC) primary mission is to produce employable graduates into the cosmetology industry. Since we are a career college, our number one goal is for all graduates to be successful in their field!

We were happy to interview our MSC-Plymouth alumna Jennifer Hawes who graduated in 2014. We love hearing graduate success stories! 

What are you up to now?

I had three job offers when I graduated, and I am currently working at two of them! One full-service Aveda salon, and one upscale nail salon. The people, new friends and the money are awesome!

What was your career path before graduating from Minnesota School of Cosmetology?

Before I started at MSC, I was a stay-at-home mom to four little kids. Before that, I was a paralegal for three years.

Why did you choose to attend MSC?

MSC was the first place that I actually felt comfortable. After touring and being introduced to some of the instructors and staff members, I felt like my personality would fit in well.

How did your education enhance or change your current career path?

I would say that my education definitely jumpstarted this career that I’m now in and loving. One of my favorite things that the school did for us was arrange a career day where prospective employers came to meet with us. I’m happy to say that I work for one of them today!

What piece of advice would you give to students considering a career in cosmetology?

If you’re looking for an easy career and think that beauty school is where that starts, you are mistaken. Cosmetology school is super fun, very rewarding, but it is also difficult at times and can be stressful. I wouldn’t change a thing about my decision to be a cosmetologist, but you have to be ready to buckle down and take it seriously.

What do you enjoy about the cosmetology industry?

Every day is different. So many different people with different stories and backgrounds. It is such an awesome feeling to make someone feel beautiful. You know you just brightened their entire day!

How has your education at MSC impacted your professional life?

Well, I made friends that I will never, ever go without. Some of us became so close that I will be standing up in two of their weddings this year! My life was forever changed for the better once I started MSC. 

What is your favorite memory of MSC?

Oh gosh, there are so many. I honestly think being able to speak at our graduation ceremony, in front of my peers and coworkers, was the most rewarding. Being chosen by the school to represent the student body just felt so amazing. 

What is the most valuable information you learned while you were in school?

You will learn new things every day. Keep an open mind. Ask for help when you need it. Lean on your friends. Give yourself credit when it’s due. And never, ever quit!

 



Minnesota School of Cosmetology Shows Appreciation to Military with Free Haircuts

College offers complimentary service to veterans and members of the military every Wednesday

Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) is proud to be a military-friendly school by offering free haircuts to veterans and military members every week on Wednesday. MSC has two campuses in the Twin Cities, located in Woodbury and Plymouth, which together estimate they have given approximately 300 free haircuts to military members over the past two years.

“We are so thankful for our local military members and veterans, some of whom attend or have family members who attend our schools,” says Elaine Vandenburgh, campus director for Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Plymouth. “Offering complimentary haircut services is just a small token of our appreciation for all they do.”

The haircuts are performed by students in the cosmetology program at MSC. During the program, students learn to perfect hair, nail and skin care techniques through 420 hours of theory and lab and 1,130 clinical hours, many of which are with clients on the salon floor. Hair, skin, makeup and nail services are also offered at an affordable price to the general public.

In addition to its support of the military, Minnesota School of Cosmetology has partnered with many local organizations to participate in community service events, such as Operation Glass Slipper, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, and Cancer Survivor Beauty and Support Day.

“We’re always happy to do things for our local community,” says Vandenburgh. “Giving our students hands-on experience while helping others at the same time benefits everyone involved.”

Veterans or military members who are interested can contact MSC Woodbury at 651-287-2180 or MSC Plymouth at 763-404-4800 to make an appointment for a complimentary haircut. Visit www.msccollege.edu to learn more.

ABOUT MINNESOTA SCHOOL OF COSMETOLOGY

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) and Plymouth (763-404-4800). MSC is part of the Globe Education 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 www.msccollege.edu.

Alumna Appreciates Supportive, Welcoming Atmosphere at Minnesota School of Cosmetology

When Tiffani Rhodes first visited Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC), she instantly knew it was where she wanted to be. The warm and welcoming atmosphere and friendly instructors made her feel very comfortable, and Tiffani says her decision to enroll at MSC was life-changing.

“It’s a great environment that is very fun and open,” she explains. “The people there become more like family. They care about your education, and you can tell. [The instructors] make you feel very comfortable with them and are there for you when you need most. I definitely look up to them.”

Tiffani says her instructors were supportive as well as realistic when it came to teaching her the skills needed for her career.

“I felt that I could go to [my instructors] for any questions, concerns or issues that I may have had. Not only did I learn, but I had fun doing it,” she says. “They know how to keep things in a realistic perspective, which I can really appreciate. I loved the hands-on, real life situations I was exposed to. I learned about everything from cutting and coloring to anatomy and electricity.”

Thanks to her hands-on training, Tiffani was hired three months before she finished school and is now working as a stylist at Blast Blow Dry Bar. She says she’s working hard now so that one day she can own her own makeup boutique.

“I’m very passionate about my career. I love what I do every day, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything,” says Tiffani. “I have the support of my son, family and friends. I plan on continuing my education by going to school to receive my business degree.”

Visit www.msccollege.edu to learn more.

Minnesota School of Cosmetology Students Style Hair and Makeup for University of Minnesota 47th Annual Apparel Design Fashion Show

Students to provide hair and makeup looks to accompany clothing designs for U of M senior showcase

Students from the Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) in Woodbury, Minn., will style the hair and makeup for 16 models walking in the University of Minnesota (U of M) College of Design 47th Annual Apparel Design Fashion Show.

The runway show, entitled “Revel,” serves as the Apparel Design class of 2015 senior showcase, during which 13 students will present their collections as a summary of their degree at the U of M College of Design. Minnesota School of Cosmetology students began providing the hair and makeup styles for this show five years ago, when MSC instructor Chris Prieve’s daughter was a senior in the U of M Apparel Design program.

“This is a great opportunity for our students,” says Jill Hocking, campus director for Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Woodbury. “This is a professional event that gives them that real-world experience we look to expose our students to every day.”

Eight MSC students who wished to participate were chosen to style the hair and makeup for the show. Students have also styled hair and makeup for other local fashion shows, including the Minnesota Timberwolves Dancers Fashion Show.

“Events like this allow our students to get a feel for what it’s like to work in the industry and the different opportunities a career in cosmetology offers,” says Hocking.

The University of Minnesota 47th Annual Apparel Design Fashion Show will take place on Sat. Feb. 7 at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Rapson Hall in Minneapolis.

Visit www.msccollege.edu to learn more.

ABOUT MINNESOTA SCHOOL OF COSMETOLOGY

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) and Plymouth (763-404-4800). MSC is part of the Globe Education 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 www.msccollege.edu.

Tips for Cosmetology Student Loan Repayment

Written by Katie Savior, associate campus director/financial aid director

So you have graduated from Minnesota School of Cosmetology and you are working in your dream salon. Now it’s time to start paying back your student loans. Here are some tips on how to stay on top of the process, and what to do if troubles arises. 

Communicate with your loan servicer

Communication is key when it comes to student loan repayment. You will want to keep in contact with your loan servicer and make your loan payments on time every month. Contact your loan servicer when you:

  • need help making your monthly payments
  • graduate
  • withdraw from school
  • change your name, address, or Social Security number
  • transfer to another school
  • experience a change in your life that might impact your loan payments.

Trouble Making your Payments?

Maybe that first salon job didn’t work out, or maybe your family is growing or your expenses are increasing.  Whatever the cause, if you have trouble making your student loan payments, there is help available. Remember communication is key.

If you are having trouble making your monthly payments, contact your loan servicer immediately. Your loan servicer can help you understand your options. You may be able to

Avoid going into default

When you originally signed your promissory note for your student loans, you agreed to pay back your student loan as scheduled. If you fail to make these payments, you risk going into default. One or two missed payments does not put you into default. However, if several scheduled payments have been missed, you are at high risk of falling into default.

If you default on your student loans:

  • Your credit rating will suffer, which may make getting other loans difficult, if not impossible
  • You will likely receive calls and letters from collectors
  • Your wages may be garnished, or if you are due a federal income tax refund, your refund may be seized
  • You will pay more in the long run with a defaulted loan, after collection costs are added.
  • You are unable to obtain future student aid (Stafford loans, Pell Grant, etc.)
  • The debt doesn’t go away. Unpaid loans stay with you until paid back in full.

To avoid default, do the following:

  • Make your scheduled loan payments on time. Remember, you should expect student loan bills six months after you leave school.
  • Be sure your address, phone and email are current with both Minnesota School of Cosmetology and your lenders/loan servicers.
  • If you can’t make the scheduled payments, don’t worry! Contact your loan servicer for different repayment options.

Additional tips regarding student loans can be found by visiting www.studentloans.gov. To access your own personal student loan summary, you can also visit the National Student Loan Data System for students at https://nslds.ed.gov/nslds/nslds_SA/

 



Advice from an MSC Grad

By: Brittney Klingl

While still in school, it might be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. But with hard work and determination, you WILL get there! It’s important to soak it all in and learn as much as possible so that you will be successful in your career. Take it from someone who has been there herself, 2013 MSC graduate Chantel Jonas.

Chantel was given some important advice when she first started at MSC and says she tried to follow it as closely as she could:

Take every client the front desk gives you.

“Without hesitation, without whining. When you don’t have anything to do, ask for more clients!” says Chantel. “Even if it’s the 200th men’s cut or 150th pedicure you’ve done, there’s not only something to be learned with your technical skills, but also how you communicate with clients.”

During the cosmetology program at MSC, students learn to perfect hair, nail and skin care techniques through 420 hours of theory and lab and 1,130 clinical hours, many of which are with clients on the salon floor.

The program at MSC is designed to take 47 weeks to complete, but the flexible scheduling options allow students to go at their own pace and attend when is most convenient for their lifestyles. The Apple iPad® Air is also incorporated into the curriculum, allowing students to use apps to experiment with a new look before ever picking up a brush or shear.

Be aware of all the helpful iPad® apps out there.

“I’ve downloaded a ton of apps,” Chantel says. “Most color companies have their own app, so when you go to a different salon and they use a different color line, it really helps you learn. They even quiz you on different scenarios and what you should use.”

The iPad® also allows students to prepare for state board exams, record and replay classroom instruction, build portfolios and study anywhere, any time. In addition to this engaged learning, MSC’s industry-experienced instructors have a passion for fashion and beauty and a desire to share it with their students. With guidance from her instructors, Chantel learned the techniques she needed, while gaining valuable, real-world experience.

Master the concave haircut Ms. Chris teaches.

“It’s the best blended layer haircut out there and the one that many salons will drill into your head,” Chantel says.

Chantel found this to be true when she was hired at her first salon, Spalon Montage, and where she is currently employed, Embellish Salon in Bayport, Minn. Chantel wasn’t the only one who landed a job after graduation. She was one of 139 MSC graduates in 2013, when the job placement rate was 83 percent.

Chantel hopes her advice will help current MSC students because she knows how important it was to her own career success. “Good luck to you all!” she says.

Visit www.msccollege.edu to learn more.