by Shawn Cumberbatch
International Career College, which is listed by the Barbados Accreditation Council as one of 37 “post-secondary or tertiary education and training providers operating in Barbados” up to the end of last year, is based at the Garden, St. James and calls itself “a division of the Canadian Aesthetic Academy”.
But Barbadian authorities are now being urged to investigate the operations of ICC, following confirmation from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities in Ontario that the parent entity is neither licensed nor registered to certify the training of anyone in medical aesthetics and related areas. The issue was raised by concerned individuals, who said they were worried about the implications for the island’s education system and the island’s reputation.
“Students received an e-mail from this local college in 2012, with awards of scholarships and grants. After they attended a meeting … they were told that they would receive their education to be a Make-Up Artist, Massage Therapist and Aesthetician, and if they paid $2,000 extra, they would receive a ‘diploma’ from the Canadian Aesthetics Academy. Bear in mind this academy does not even exist according the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities in Ontario,” they claimed.
“Our ministry needs to take a better look into who they are allowing to open schools in our shores. Not only are we noted for our beautiful beaches in Barbados, but our education and literacy rates are stellar! Let’s do something about this before our education becomes a laughing stock,” they added.
Based on documents from Canada’s Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities the Canadian Aesthetics Academy matter has been engaging its attention from as far back as 2009 and as recent as September last year.
In a September 2012 letter to the academy, the ministry said the superintendent of Private Career Colleges had ordered the academy to stop “providing unapproved vocational programmes that require approval contrary to section 8 (1) of the (Private Career Colleges) Act”, and “operating as an unregistered private career college which offers unapproved vocational programme contrary to section 7 of the (Private Career Colleges) Act”.
It required Canadian Aesthetic Academy Inc. to indicate its compliance by September 14, 2012.
When contacted Dr. Natasha Farnum, a former director of the International Career College here, said she was no longer associated with the entity and parted company with it after she discovered the parent company was no longer in operation.
“I became aware that the Canadian Aesthetic Academy had closed down through an outside source late in 2012. On questioning my former business partner, Nella Lanzellotti, she then admitted it. Since learning of this information I have always said to her, staff and students that I will not be involved in giving any kind of certifications from a school that is no longer in operation,” she told Barbados TODAY in an emailed response.
“Shortly after I became aware that CAA closed I resigned from the directorship of International Career College and have had absolutely nothing to do with its operations since November 2012. I also certainly never met with any potential students or admitted any new students after learning of the closure of CAA.”
Farnum said any allegation “that I knew of the CAA closure and continued to bring students in and promise any form of certification from CAA” was “entirely false”.
“In fact, I was the one who insisted students could only receive local certification if they joined a class after I had learned of the closure of CAA,” she said.
On its Website, which has six pages of testimonials, the International Career College said it “offers courses in Aesthetics, Medical Aesthetics, Laser Technology and Massage Therapy to name a few”. firstname.lastname@example.org