Success Stories

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LyndiePharmacy Technician

Hello my name is Lyndie,

The Metis Employment and Training program played a huge role in helping me finally decide to go back to school and train in the career field of Pharmacy. The Pharmacy Technician course has been an interest of mine since I graduated high school back in 2000.

After many years of trying to decide what career was right for me, I finally decided to pursue this dream. The financial burden of post ‐ secondary education has always been a factor in why I was never able to go back to school. With the help of the Metis Nation, I was able to take the Pharmacy Technician course through Selkirk College and focus strictly on my studies while not having to worry about the financial strain that comes along with it.

I started the eleven month Pharmacy Technician program in September 2014, which consisted of eight months of online training and seven weeks of on campus practical training. I also had to complete a two month practicum in both a hospital and a community pharmacy setting. Two weeks after I finished the program completely, I was able to secure a position at the hospital where I did my practicum. I now work for Vancouver Island Health Authority as a Pharmacy Assistant at Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria.

I would like to thank the Metis employment and Training program for their help and financial support during this very challenging yet rewarding phase in my life.

~ Lyndie

Mathew DoninsonMarine Transportation

I was working at a job I was not enjoying and decided it was time for a change. lt was almost too late to sign up for the classes I wanted to take, only 2 spots remained... but I decided to give it a shot. I applied to the Métis Ernployment and Training Program for assistance with funding for my courses, thinking it was a long shot considering time was running out.

As the beginning of the program was approaching fast I was worried I had waited too long. lt was just 2 weeks before the course started. I received a letter in the mail stating I had been approved for funding! This gave me just enough time to give my employer my 2-week notice and to prepare for the start of the program.

The Bridge Watch Rating Program started on February 0L 2016. I was excited to be going back to school and for what was ahead, though found myself quite nervous. My classmates and teachers were great, this made for a fun learning environment making my time there fly by. We visited Sea Span in Vancouver, the Coast Guard in Victoria and went on a ride with B.C. Ferries. The hands on firefighting and survival craft training were great as well as learning many knots and splices.

I was very fortunate to obtain employment before the end of the program, and started working the day after the program ended. I now love my job and am excited to learn more and advance in the future. Without the support and funding from the Metis I would have never had this opportunity, and would not be in the position I am now.

Thank you MNBC and Métis Employment & Training Program!

Mathew

MatthewMechanical Engineer

Hello my name is Matthew

I attended the “Mechanical Engineering” program at “University of Victoria”. I remember in grade 12 we had a recruiter from the University of Victoria speaking to our class about mechanical, electrical, software and computer engineering. Her presentation really sparked my interest in mechanical engineering. I have always loved building things and taking things apart or just observing how they work.

The Métis Employment and Training Center has been a tremendous help. They have allowed me to reach and exceed my goals by assisting with the financial pressures of university. I am doing meaningful work in my field and I am excited to go to work each day and meet the challenges.

“I can’t thank the Métis Employment and Training Center enough, the staff have been a great help and I appreciate everything”.

Thank You

MelissaMedical Device Reprocessing Technician

I came to Métis Nation BC seeking assistance with funding to help with my education and to secure more well paid work in the health care field. I had been in and out of the health care field for 15 + years and already had most of the prerequisites needed for the Medical Device Reprocessing Technician's course, but I needed assistance with the cost of the course.

The Métis Nation BC Employment &Training program was very helpful in covering the costs needed for the course as well as assisting me with gas money.

With the funding supports I received through the program I have now finished my course and was hired by my practicum hospital and am presently and On Call/Casual working towards a full ‐ time permanent position.

Thank you Métis Nation BC for all their hard work & dedication, and assisting me with funding & support during my life' transition.

~ Melissa

Melissa HoffartMedia Coordinator

I successfully graduated from BCIT with a Diploma in Marketing Management - Communications. This achievement would not have been possible without the assistance from Métis Nation BC. I’d like to share with the team at MNBC how the financial assistance enabled me to succeed and why it is important that this funding continues for future students.
 
Returning to Post-Secondary
 
When I graduated from High School, I had no idea what I wanted to be or what I wanted to do with my life. I made the decision to find work rather than pursuing a post-secondary education. I worked in the service industry as a waitress for a few years, then moved into retail. It wasn’t until a friend suggested I work in the travel industry that I found work that truly interested me.
 
For seven years I worked at Flight Centre, which enabled me travel extensively and to live and work overseas in Australia. When I was living in Brisbane, I was introduced to marketing. I worked as a Product Specialist in the marketing department of Flight Centre’s global head office and I loved what I was doing. Finally, I knew what I wanted to do with my life. I was going to pursue a career in marketing.
 
I left Australia and returned back to Canada and I made a plan to go back to get a post-secondary education at BCIT. I looked at the costs of going back to school full-time and winced at the price tag. How could I justify quitting my job to go back to school? I lived on my own with no relatives in BC which meant the cost of living for two years would add a substantial amount to my financial debt.
 
Then I heard about MNBC from the Financial Aid department at BCIT and that’s when my life was forever changed. I now had the opportunity to go back to school and achieve my goal of obtaining a post-secondary education. Now I could pave my path and start a career in marketing. 
 
Seizing Every Opportunity
 
With the assistance from MNBC, the financial burden and stress was significantly reduced which allowed me to focus solely on my studies. In the classes that I struggled in, such as math, I could spend my weekend studying and learning from a tutor rather than working. I could join extracurricular activities at the campus and open doors to opportunities that never would have been possible.
 
During my time at BCIT I was very involved with the courses as well as outside of the classroom. I was nominated to be the Set Representative in the first year, which is liaison between the students and the faculty. I joined a few clubs which helped me to network and develop additional skills. In the second year I was selected to be a Case Lead for the Marketing Association’s Case Team where our school placed third at the American Marketing Associations Case Study Competition in New Orleans – the only Canadian school to place. 
 
Because I didn’t have to spend my evenings and weekends working, I could be involved with Aboriginal Services at BCIT. I was asked to be a Mentor in my second year and I made fresh lunch once a week for the other Aboriginal students, I held LinkedIn and Resume workshops, and organized Gixstan language lessons with one of our Elders. At the end of the year, I was asked to give the graduate speech at the Aboriginal Graduation ceremony. I was incredibly honoured.

 Not only did I have success outside of the classroom, but I excelled in my courses. In the final semester and in the capstone course of the program, our team won the Industry Project. We had to develop a comprehensive marketing campaign and compete for the client’s business with a pitch presentation – the client chose our campaign. 
 
With the skills that I learned at BCIT from the courses and the extracurricular activities, I was able to land the internship that was my first choice: Jungle Media. I spent the last two months of my program as an intern, applying all that I had learned as well as continuing my education with the company. 
 
Finding Employment
 
Through the internship with Jungle Media, I worked hard and made strong connections during my time there. At the end of the program, the VP of Jungle Media approached me and offered me fulltime position as a Media Coordinator! 
 
The funding from MNBC has assisted me in accomplishing my goal to obtain a post-secondary education, which opened multiple doors for me. I was able to work on my personal and career development, network with industry professionals, and land the job that I wanted. All of this was made possible because of the financial support that was provided to me.
 
Thank you to the whole team at MNBC for giving me this incredible opportunity. I will forever be grateful of this generosity and kindness. Thank you for allowing me to reach my potential. You have forever changed my life. 
 
Sincerely, 
 
Melissa Hoffart 

MichaelHeavy Equipment Operator

Until October, 2013, I had been employed in the education industry. I had been considering a career change to heavy industry/ mining for quite some time, but had little idea about how or where to start.

All of my applications went un ‐ responded to. I had no close personal connections with anyone working in the industry, I had no recent employment experience within the industry, and most education pathways that would provide me with the knowledge and experience to make me competitive through the application process were financially impossible for me to take part in. In short, I possessed the determination and drive to reach my goal but lacked the resources and skills necessary to gain an interview and show that I was the person they were looking for.

Upon a visit to the Metis Employment and Training office in Cranbrook, I learned of an opportunity to take part in a program that would afford me the chance I needed to gain these skills. It was a 10 week Heavy Equipment Operator program that would provide students with operating time on excavators, front end loaders, bulldozers, road graders, articulated rock trucks and rubber tire backhoes, as well as daily class time where we would learn about the safety practices, laws and other information that was essential for heavy equipment operators.

This opportunity was the stepping stone I needed to gain a foothold into my new career, and without the financial support of Métis Employment and Training, as well as the personal support and assistance from the great office staff in Cranbrook, I am sure that I would still be struggling with the “how’s” and “where’s” of beginning my new career.

I am currently working for a construction company in Cranbrook on a project by project basis. I have had some equipment time with them, but I have been working mostly as a laborer. Although this position is not what I have been aiming for, it has been a very good learning experience for me, allowing me to gain exposure and working knowledge within the industry to which I now belong.

I will continue to learn and advance as a heavy equipment operator, and would like to share my appreciation with Métis Employment and Training for helping me with the beginning of this journey.

~ Michael

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