They offer a really 'basic'...ahem crappy.. hair course. (They called it basic, I had other words for it). I took it a year ago, and at least three of the girls in my graduating class enrolled in another hair school after. Some went on to apprentice. I chose to apprentice but sadly was strongly misled, not JCI's fault on that matter though. My own gullibility. Now I'm not even doing hair unless its at home for friends and family. Figures.
**I do have to add their job placement shouldn't be a responsibility they take on. Me not working in hair, I don't blame them for AT ALL. I basically picked the first middle class salon that would hire me because I didn't feel confident. Not their fault at all that I got misled. They do mention to be careful assisting/apprenticing. Although, its not the nineties anymore. We should really be passed that crap. So glorified and SUCH a waste of time. I have met many successful hairdressers who didn't apprentice.
The whole program is a bit of a loose structure. It has pros and cons. A very "figure it out yourself" attitude. I noticed they don't really cover barbercide and cleaning your tools as a basic first. They should have done that. My own critique though.
Its really cool, you cut hair the first day so that's okay.
However, a massive downside. The instructors picked favourites, (at least the group I had did) So, if the instructor you got for that day didn't like you, you weren't getting ANY help. I would get anxiety about going to class Tuesdays and Thursdays because the instructor who worked those days had a class favourite and you were pretty much chop liver. However, Fridays I loved because at least Stewart is an attentive strong leader. Fantastic teacher. Intimidating, but that's good. He will call you out on what you are doing wrong, or lazy even. Its fantastic. If you can handle criticism, constructively, then that's a perk. Sadly he doesn't teach the whole course though.
I wish they had covered more then what they did. I think they should extend the course, to be honest, and thoroughly cover as much as you can. Yes, everyone leaves school thinking they don't know much...but...this particular school sadly you leave feeling way too lost. They do follow up with you via email for months after you graduate. Finally I sent one back saying I got no where from the course and luckily they left me alone after that. Obviously I'm not a good representation.
Luckily I had previous training from my high school back in Alberta so I pretty much stayed quiet and I absolutely did miss classes and came just to pass the exams and get a peice of paper that says I can buy product in BC, lol.
HOWEVER they are a wonderfully creative group of people MOSTLY willing to teach. I just think maybe more then one instructor per class, and more of a structure on sanitation, what directions you can go in hair (cover chair rental, cover commission and ownership) I know of other school that offer that information and its so helpful. It was way too rushed and way too vague. I gotta say, I would rather an in your face teacher then an absent minded one.
So, this isn't much of a complaint or much of a good review. Just personal pros and cons that hopefully help someone decide wether or not this school is right for them. Everyone has different opinions an perspectives. I respect that.