June 19, 2014

Local Private Vocational College Recognized as One of Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies

CALGARY, AB — An Alberta-based private vocational college has received national recognition for being one of Canada’s fastest growing companies by PROFIT 500.

MaKami College was ranked #62 on the 2014 PROFIT 500, a list ranking businesses in all sectors based on their growth over a five-year period.

“We are very excited to be named one of the fastest growing companies in Canada,” says Marija Pavkovic, managing director of MaKami College. “We focus so much on our students and although we knew we were growing, we were surprised to be named 62 in all of Canada.”

To see the full list visit www.profitguide.com/microsite/profit500/2014

MaKami credits its growth to its great team of people and those who have supported the school along the way.

“We’re happy so many students have chosen our college as the place to get their post- secondary education,” says Pavkovic. “Our clients are our students, and we work hard to invest in them financially and personally so they can overcome learning obstacles to achieve their educational dreams.”

With campuses in both Edmonton and Calgary, MaKami College is one of the largest private vocational colleges in Alberta and the largest provincially accredited massage therapy school in Alberta. To learn more visit www.makamicollege.com

May 9, 2014

Local massage therapy School uses latest technology with iPad Air

EDMONTON, AB — An Edmonton and Calgary-based massage therapy school offers its students the latest in tablet technology – the iPad Air.

“We have been providing our students iPads for courses and translation services since the launch of the first generation iPad in 2010,” says Marija Pavkovic, managing director of MaKami College. “We were one of the first schools in Alberta to do this and we’ve found it’s a very effective and innovative learning tool.”

Upon registration, each MaKami student receives an iPad Air pre-loaded with not just all courses but interactive programs for hands-on training and translation services for those who struggle with English.

“Students can open up parts of the human body for example, to get a better view of what they’re learning, and that’s very effective,” says Pavkovic. “Many of our students are also newcomers to Canada or immigrants, so we have various specialized apps to help them translate their textbooks so they can learn in their native language.”

With campuses in both Edmonton and Calgary, MaKami College is the largest provincially credited massage therapy training college in Alberta.

Spirit of entrepreneurship lands CEO of MaKami College onto Profit/Chatelaine W100 List of Canada's Top Female Entrepreneurs

Calgary, AB—In the world of post-secondary education, there are few institutions that fully embrace and promote entrepreneurship like Alberta’s MaKami College, a vocational institute for massage therapy. It’s why this past summer it was listed at #62 of Canada’s 500 fastest-growing companies by PROFIT Magazine.

It comes as little surprise then, that its CEO Marija Pavkovic has just been honoured by placing #66 on the 16th annual W100 ranking of Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs, produced by PROFIT, Canadian Business and Chatelaine.

Marija has been at the college’s helm since its inception in 2001 and her inclusion in the W100 list is an honour that is particularly poignant for her. “Our inclusion in PROFIT this year was such an achievement, but to be honoured by PROFIT and Chatelaine—Canada’s premiere women’s magazine—is a true honour. But it’s also an acknowledgement of the incredible team of people I’ve had surrounding me throughout my life.”

Ranking Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs on a composite score based on the size, growth rate and profitability of their businesses, the W100 profiles the country’s most successful female business owners. Published in the October issue of Canadian Business, the November issue of Chatelaine and online at http://PROFITguide.com and http://chatelaine.com, the W100 is Canada’s largest annual celebration of entrepreneurial achievement by women.

The fact that the list focuses on the contributions of women in business is particularly important to Pavkovic, “Promoting women’s education and growing their profile in the business world has been a driving force in my life for many years. This is a real recognition of those efforts.” In that vein, Marija also acts a director of the Queen Esther Education Foundation, a registered charity focused on providing educational opportunities to Newcomers to Canada through services such as ESL tutoring, educational training and career training.

Marija is also excited to be able to participate at the W100 Idea Exchange in November as a result of her inclusion in the list. The event, geared for women entrepreneurs, is one of the country’s most important networking and leadership events, and will also celebrate this year’s inductees into the W100.

Full coverage of the W100 will be included in the October issue of Canadian Business and the November issue of Chatelaine. For more information on Marija Pavkovic  and her ranking visit http://www.makamicollege.com/ and http://www.profitguide.com/microsite/profitw100/2014