Halton Catholic District School Board

School Superintendent Camillo Cipriano Gets a Hair-Raising Experience at Notre Dame!

It was just another day of learning for students enrolled in Ms. Brezina’s Hairstylist OYAP course at Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School in Burlington. Just another day…until Mr. Cipriano, the school’s Superintendent, and the first ‘official customer’ of the school year, walked in for a ‘wash and trim’ on Friday, September 12th.
“I was hearing a lot of great things about the Hairstyling OYAP Program, and I thought I would check it out for myself,” says Camillo Cipriano, Superintendent of Education for the Halton Catholic District School Board.
The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) allows students to gain training in an apprenticeship occupation of potential career interest through cooperative education. Secondary students enrolled in the Hairstylist Concentrated OYAP Program have the opportunity to complete both levels of in-school apprenticeship training while still in high school.

Superintendent Cipriano was greeted by Student Maegan Porto, who sat down with him for a quick consultation before she washed, trimmed, and styled his hair. A Level 2 apprenticeship student with aspirations of becoming a hairstylist, Maegan was recently hired as a co-op student at Lucido Hair Salon in Burlington, where she is gaining valuable real-life experience looking after customers in a salon setting.

A lot was happening throughout the Hairstyling OYAP classroom at Notre Dame while Maegan preened and pampered Mr. Cipriano. The hairdressing stations were bustling with activity as Level 1 and 2 Apprenticeship students practiced hairstyling techniques on mannequins, and on each other.

Avriel Jackson, a Grade 11 student was busy applying hair colour to classmate Riley Davison, also in Grade 11. Avriel, a Level 1 apprentice just nine days into the course, was already feeling confident enough to try her hand at hair colour.

“Whatever you feel comfortable doing, Ms. Brezina will teach you, and if you feel you are ready, she encourages you to do it on your own,” commented Avriel. “I think it’s the best way to actually learn – hands-on – not just reading from a textbook.”

As Avriel worked on her classmate’s hair, Riley shared her future dreams. “I’m hoping to become a hairstylist, but I also want to go to university to get a business degree and hopefully open up my own salon one day,” explained Riley.

“OYAP is just one of the many pathways available to students in the Halton Catholic District School Board,” says Superintendent Cipriano. “I think it is fantastic that our students are able to explore potential careers and gain valuable work experience as they earn their high school diploma.”

As an expression of his gratitude for his clean new look, Superintendent Cipriano treated the entire class and Ms. Brezina, to a special breakfast in the cafeteria. A win-win for all!

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