Conestoga news

December 17, 2014 3:42 PM

WIST program provides pathway to success

Jordan Nevils of Kitchener is featured among the Profiles of Success in Building Trades, a November 23 supplement to the Toronto Sun that focuses on the many opportunities in the construction sector, one of the country’s fastest-growing industries.

Nevils dropped out of high school and worked primarily in food services for eight years until she learned about the Women in Skilled Trades pre-apprenticeship general carpenter program available through Conestoga’s Waterloo campus.

The 38-week certificate program, funded through the Ontario Women’s Directorate, is free for qualified applicants. It provides students with the basic skills required to secure a position as an apprentice, and to work safely and successfully in the industry. For more information, visit the program website

Nevils completed her GED and began her studies in the carpentry program in September, 2014. She hopes to one day put her skills to use in residential construction in framing or renovations.

Read Jordan’s story