Aveda Institute Corpus Christi is the first of its kind in Texas to transition all course materials from textbooks and DVDs to the iPad. AICC kicked off its iPad curriculum with the first class of 2013 in January. Each new class of students will get to use and keep their iPads, even after graduation.
AICC was the first Aveda Institute in the country in 2010 to install its own power-generating wind turbine and exercise machines. With the introduction of the Aveda iPad curriculum, AICC continues to innovate and challenge its students to work smarter and think bigger.
Chase Thalman, Director of Operations, explains, ‘making education as live, cutting edge and relevant as possible is what it’s about for AICC. Our students can carry their work wherever they go; take notes right in the text; create videos; watch instructional videos; research additional sources online and essentially enrich their own library of coursework. Thalman continues, ‘Aveda students are also able to create their digital portfolios and collaborate with instructors, peers and future employers all with one powerful device.’
‘The students get the wow factor of using an iPad for school with the added bonus of it being theirs to keep after graduation. Our students are highly engaged in their learning experience and feel that AICC’s investment in a digital curriculum on the iPad really gives them a distinct competitive advantage,’ expresses Bianca Velasquez, AICC Director.
Each new student at AICC receives an Apple 16-gigabyte iPad 2 upon enrollment. New classes start every 8 weeks. The 2013 course dates are March 19 (full), May 14, July 9, September 3 and October 29. The Aveda Institute iPad curriculum will launch at the Aveda Institute San Antonio in June 2013, making it the 3rd institute in the country to go digital.
Since its first class in Jan 2011, AICC has graduated over 120 students. The majority of graduates have accepted highly lucrative positions in the salon & spa market in Corpus Christi, Houston, San Antonio and the Valley. Some graduates have opened their own business.
Last year, AICC students served over 18,000 guests with skin and hair salon treatments, an increase of over 44% from 2011. Holly Zapata, Director of Education, adds, ‘we believe we made a great decision to establish the Aveda Institute here in Corpus Christi. As an organization and through our various outreach initiatives, we are thrilled to be a positive, contributing force to the growth and well-being of this community.’
About Aveda Institute Corpus Christi / San Antonio
The Aveda Institute Corpus Christi and the Aveda Institute San Antonio were founded to create the most successful entrepreneurs in hairdressing and esthetics. The curriculum provides practical knowledge gained from today's most successful masters in hair, skin and nail esthetics, makeup, and retail sales. The Institutes combined employ 65 people including educators, student services, and finance and recruitment personnel.
There are 52 Aveda Institutes across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico offering education and hands-on training for those seeking Cosmetology and Esthiology licensure.
Aveda™, The Art and Science of Pure Flower and Plant Essences™, was founded in 1978 with the goal of providing beauty industry professionals with high performance, botanically based products that would be better for service providers and their guests, as well as for the planet.
Aveda manufactures professional plant-based hair care, skin care, makeup, Pure-Fume™ and lifestyle products. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Aveda is available in Aveda stores, and in nearly 7,000 professional hair salons and spas in 24 countries worldwide. www.aveda.com