Hair design school wins top recognition

Jamie Paquette is one of the graduates from the 2013 Mia Bella School of Hair Design at Armstrong’s Pleasant Valley Secondary School. - Photo submitted
Jamie Paquette is one of the graduates from the 2013 Mia Bella School of Hair Design at Armstrong’s Pleasant Valley Secondary School.
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Special to The Morning Star

The class of 2013 at the Mia Bella School of Hair Design, which is based at Pleasant Valley Secondary School in Armstrong, has received the top marks in B.C.

Ninety per cent of the students successfully completed the red seal certificate of qualifications, which is the Canadian National Standards Exam for the cosmetology industry. This is not a small feat as students must score at least 70 per cent to pass this national exam.

PVSS is currently recruiting for the February 2015 class, which consists of students from throughout the North Okanagan.

Students currently in Grades 10 and 11 are eligible to enrol in the program.

This is our ninth class and usually has students from Vernon, Salmon Arm, Enderby, Lumby and Sicamous. We rely mostly on the Vernon School District for at least half our students, as they do not offer such a program.

The benefit to Vernon students is that there is public transit buses that come directly to our school from Vernon.

One of the major benefits of completing this program while in high school is the free tuition.

Typical costs for anyone wanting to become a hairstylist may range from $8,000 to $15,000.

Not only are students writing and completing the national C of Q exam, many are securing placements as apprentices to complete the required 3,600 hours to become a licensed hairdresser in Canada.

This dual credit ACE-IT program not only gives students high school credits but also industry approved credentials that we help make them employable.

Students who have completed the program and secured apprenticeships while still in high school are eligible for a secondary school apprenticeship grant of $1,000.

The success of this program has to be shared with all the local salons in Armstrong, Enderby, Salmon Arm and Vernon, who have taken our students on practicums and eventually hired many of them after graduation.

PVSS also hosts the joinery level one program, which is partnered with both Thompson Rivers University and the Industry Training Authority. This program will help prepare students for a career in the cabinetmaking industry.

Any Vernon students interested in enrolling in the 2015 hair dressing program or the joinery level one program should contact their high school career counsellor, or call Paul Britton at PVSS, 250- 546-3114 ext 206.

Applications are currently on the district career website:

Paul Britton is the career programs coordinator at PVSS.


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