Classes are usually capped at 25, but the last session accepted a few extra students. Andrews says she added a spring session because the school doubled the amount of students it usually takes. Even with more grads, Andrews doesn’t believe they will crowd the local market.“We have great customers who have been very loyal to us for a great number of years and we continue to add to that every year by word of mouth. So happily, I can report Santa’s still very much in demand,” she says.Andrews says the higher demand for the training could also be a result of more baby boomers finishing their working years. Either way, she believes the younger applicants contribute to the longevity of the Santa community. Santa School More laid off men graduating from Calgary Santa School by Crystal Laderas Posted Nov 19, 2016 10:49 am MDT Last Updated Nov 19, 2016 at 10:50 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alberta’s recession may be changing the face of Ol’ Saint Nick. At a time when Calgary’s unemployment rate jumped to 10.2 per cent, the October session of Santa School saw a noticeable increase in students who weren’t the usual 50 to 70-year-old retirees.“We definitely had some guys that were a little bit younger which is kind of fun because now we have more skating Santas than we ever had, and Santas that can ski and do some pretty physical things,” says Santa School Dean Jennifer Andrews.She says there were more out of work professionals in their late 30s to 50s who wanted to fill the boots of Kris Kringle. To adjust, the school tweaked the curriculum to include lessons on using make up and picking glasses to look a little more aged. Professionals also spent more time using bleach on students to make sure the beards on their chins were as white as the snow.