"Sault College is the foundation that allowed me to get to where I am in my career today. I have experienced a great deal of success since the day I walked into the college and I attribute my success to hard work and to the excellent education I received. My teachers were experts, the program was top-notch, and the location of the college, being in Sault Ste. Marie, is another bonus, because no matter where I've travelled - there's no place like the Soo!
After graduating from the college, I had the opportunity to apprentice under a teacher of the Hairstyling program in a salon in Sault Ste. Marie. I knew I had chosen the right profession because my clients were happy and I loved what I was doing. When I completed my apprenticeship I decided to take a chance and I moved to Southern Ontario. I remained in the field, and within a year of my move was managing a corporate hair salon. I ran that salon for 10 years and won many awards including Top 50 Stylists multiple times, President's Awards, and Clips for Cure - Best Salon. My passion for education and lifelong learning has followed me throughout my career and two years ago, I became an Artistic Educator for Pravana, which allows me the opportunity to travel to various communities in Canada and the United States to teach experienced stylists.
The hands-on learning experience at Sault College was critical to my learning program. It was beneficial to have teachers that were current professionals from the field we were learning about. They were able to offer knowledge that wasn't necessarily in books. The salon placements were an important part of the learning process and it was beneficial to have the skilled trade component as part of the diploma program."
~ Amanda Schryer Gagnier, Graduated from Hairstyling in 2000