Algonquin considers suspending hairstyling, esthetician programs

Algonquin College is reportedly considering suspending its hairstyling and esthetician programs. In a statement to CTV News, Algonquin said that this is part of a “strategic planning process” which aims to “ensure that we make the best use of the College’s resources.” The announcement has shocked some faculty at the college, who claim that these suspensions would negatively impact the community. “This skilled-trades instruction has a waitlist, and it employs and trains women,” writes Algonquin Professor Annette Carla Bouzi in an op-ed for the Ottawa Citizen. The Algonquin Board of Governors is expected to vote on the suspension in June. PS. CBC and CTV News report that the Board voted in favour of closing the two programs, starting in Winter 2025. The program will remain active until all current students have graduated.

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