Students at private career colleges across Ontario were dismayed to hear of delays in the Second Career program this fall. Many students, like London resident Martin Fisher, have experienced the benefits of the program and hope it will continue to help others. In his own words, Fisher expresses the difference Second Career made in his life in a letter included below.
To Whom It May Concern.
This is a letter to express my appreciation for the opportunity that was presented to me through the Second Career program. If not for this funding, I would be sitting at home on an indefinite recall list waiting to go back to work to an automotive sector plant that dropped from 2,000 employees to 700 in less than one year. I am also appreciative of the fact that because of this funding, I am able to retrain for a career where the need in the community is great and where I know I will be fulfilled because of the work I am doing.
I am presently attending Everest College, where I have received nothing less than excellence in the help I have needed. This started from the original contact with Darlene Martin, an Admissions Representative, who I first spoke to when in the process of choosing from several colleges and courses to attend. I was impressed with how she represented this school. I was directed to come in and “shadow” a class where I met the teacher I was to have with the course I had chosen. Again, I was impressed and am still impressed with Megan Phillips, the Addictions and Community Service Worker instructor. The day goes by quickly in Megan’s class. Even though I have been out of school for almost 40 years, with the help that I am receiving, I am achieving above average grades.
I wouldn’t be here though, without the groundwork being laid through the London Employment Help Centre, the agency in London that helped me through the application process. Even though I was required to do the “leg work”, these people, namely Linda Pollard, helped me to put everything together to present my application to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. It was another positive experience.
Upon hearing that Second Career funding may be in jeopardy, I count my blessings that I have made it through. It would be a shame to see such a great initiative by our government fall.
Did Second Career make a difference in your life? Do you know a student with a story to share? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to submit a story or write a comment below.
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