MC College Celebrates a Grand Opening & Fashion Program spanning 30 years

With YEGFashionista, Marni Walker


As a beautiful spring evening began on May 30, 2019 the lighting matched the bright springtime mood, the bubbly was bubblin’, and local beauty & fashion industry types were schmoozin’!  MC College (now located in Edmonton’s trendy downtown Ice District) held their Grand Opening to celebrate life on the Edge, a new Corporate office & Edmonton campus.  Past and present administrators and instructors gathered along with their industry guests, connecting and touring the new state-of-the-art campus, acknowledging alumni student accomplishments, and sharing in this most recent success for the local business.

There were speeches by those who played important parts in the MC College story, including Frank Cairo (now retired) and his son, current President Joe Cairo, as well as industry partners and friends. A highlight of the evening was watching Frank and Joe Cairo share in the ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the new building.  Joe Cairo thanked the many people who had played a part in this moment, and closed his remarks (with obvious pride) by saying the College and it’s success “is proof that the Beauty & Fashion industry is not a second-choice career … and Edmonton Alberta is certainly not a second-choice city”.  

The College has been owned by the Cairo family for almost 45 years, but the business itself has been operating as a training institution in Edmonton and Calgary much longer.  Frank Cairo (an award winning stylist himself) owned and operated a chain of local salons known as Cairo Hairstylists, before purchasing the two Alberta locations known as ‘Marvel College’ in 1975.  Today MC College Group has evolved to become a national industry leader and employ over 100 full & part-time staff throughout western Canada.  Learn more about the MC College story.

Another highlight of the festivities was the celebration of the Fashion Program, which began at MC College 30 years ago.  Starting right here in Edmonton, local businesswoman and visionary Marcy Hett teamed with College founder Frank Cairo to engineer and support the development of this Program.  Now it is delivered in two of the company’s six campuses, with a combined potential of 40 graduates yearly. MC College Edmonton has fostered some notable designers over the years – successful in local, national and international design circles:  Sid Neigum, Elise Tran (Sweet Carousel Corsetry), Jenna Herbut (Make It Edmonton), Tressa Heckbert (SESSA Wearables), Julie Nero-Davie (UofA Drama Dept), and Alisha Schick (Suka Clothing & Edmonton Fashion Instructor) to name a few.

The MC College Hair, Esthetics and Fashion Programs are regarded well in the industry, both locally & nationally, for quality and relevance of instruction.  Check out more information about the programs and vision at MC College.   

Photos: Marni Walker, MC College