Hairdressing students sought for program

Number of students enrolled in Armstrong's PVSS hairdressing program drops

Vernon and North Okanagan-Shuswap school district Grade 11 students interested in hairdressing as a career can focus on a program offered in Armstrong.

The hairdressing program at Pleasant Valley Secondary normally has about 22 students each year, with about half coming from Vernon, or even Salmon Arm and Sicamous.

This year, the program has only two students.

“This program normally could cost a student close to $15,000 to become a certified hairstylist, but if they take our course, the tuition is free and they pay only for the kits, which is approximately $850,” said Paul Britton, a counsellor at PVSS.

Students must currently be enrolled in Grade 11.

They will complete their first semester at their home schools and then come to PVSS for their second semester of Grade 11 and first semester of Grade 12.

They will return back to their home school in the second semester of Grade 12 to graduate.

“This program has been running for seven years and has been very successful,” said Britton. “I would just hate to see some interested Vernon or Salmon Arm or Sicamous students not take advantage of this program.”

For more information, please contact Britton at 250-546-3114 or e-mail

n Britton also advises that the PVSS Italy/Greece trip schedule for 2013 has room for about five more students.

Next meeting is Wednesday, Sept. 26, 6 p.m., in room 28 at PVSS.

All interested individuals are welcomed to attend.