Andy Bernard signifies the notion of What You Do Here ... Counts Out There. After working within the hospitality industry for over 20 years, Andy felt he had reached the peak of his career. He decided it was time for a change. He wanted a new challenge. After considerable thought, Andy looked towards specialized trades training, where he could become a certified professional, without years of training ahead of him. He began researching a few companies which were of interest to him, and kept an eye on the positions available. Quickly intrigued by a position at Rockwell Automation, this is when Andy looked towards trades training at Conestoga College, one of the requirements for employment. Eager to begin a new chapter in his life, Andy registered for the Panel Wiring course through Continuing Education.
Among his classmates, Andy was the only student with no knowledge or experience in the industry. He describes his instructor and experience in the classroom as "truly remarkable. The instructor spent a lot of time with me before and after class and that really helped me. That's how I found success."
After working for 20 years within the same industry, taking the step towards a new career was a frightening thought and took a lot of courage, but Andy expressed, "it's the best decision I've made in a long time."
Andy has recently accepted a position with Rockwell Automation, where he applies the skills and knowledge he gained through this course. He shares in his words, "I feel that I've obtained all the skills and knowledge necessary to get the job done which helped in the interview process. They had testing at the facility and I aced it."
Andy shares his thoughts to anyone considering the Panel Wiring course at Conestoga, "If you are sincere and have a hard working approach success will be formed. Everything within this course is there for you!"
Andy is one of many students who have enrolled in Continuing Education programs and courses through Conestoga College, which provide students the opportunity to learn specialized skills, in a variety of industries. A combination of theoretical and hands-on learning, an up-to-date learning environment, and industry-trained, skilled instructors prepare students to be job-ready.
Scott Evans, Sherri MacDonald and Clifford Vanclief share their experiences:
Course: Master Electrician ELEC0010
Originally born in Britain, Scott left the Navy to become a commercial diver. Arriving in Canada on a rugby tour, he decided it would be useful to acquire a trade behind him, which would enable him to find work quickly, for the times when commercial diving was slow.
Scott shares how his experience has prepared him for the industry:
"Increasing your theoretical knowledge of your chosen field, imparts a greater level of confidence when dealing with more experienced colleagues and gains you respect among your peers. It enables you to legally follow career paths only accessible by qualified and certified personnel."
Building Environmental Systems Operator - Class II Program: 0806
Currently employed as an environmental worker in a long term care facility, Sherri is working towards Building Environmental Systems Operator certification.
Sherri describes her pathway to Conestoga College:
"I was looking for a program that would challenge me and teach me the skills to further my career, I have always been interested in the maintenance of buildings. This program allows me to grow within the industry I have chosen."
Professional Bicycle Mechanic MECH1230
As the owner of the Hub Bicycle Shop, Clifford decided he wanted to give their customers extra confidence in the mechanics, therefore thought it would be beneficial to expand his knowledge and expertise.
Clifford shares what he would tell others about this course:
"Anybody looking to becoming employed as a Bicycle Mechanic in the industry, I suggest taking the course. For ourselves, we wouldn't hire a mechanic unless they had this accreditation behind them. For what's taught, it applies directly to bicycle mechanics."