On February 17, 2017, five students celebrated their completion of the SIIT Welding Applied Program in Regina. With their family and friends present, the graduation was an opportunity to acknowledge the hard work and successes of the past five months.
Led by the amazing instructor, Heath Bigalky, the students who completed the 22-week program are now prepared for entry-level work in the welding trade. The course includes certification in safety and other courses related to succeeding in the welding industry and prepares them for the Level 1 Welding Apprenticeship Program.
While the students gained industry-relevant skills and completed many projects in the training shop, it was during their final one-week work placement where they were able to really show off their new abilities. The Welding Regina program is grateful for the continued support of industry partners that provide students with work placements and the opportunity for future employment. A big thank you to Meridian Mfg.–Regina, Brandt Industries–Regina, Bourgault Industries–St. Brieux, and Lynco-Eagle–Moose Jaw for support of this program.
Construction Careers Regina job coaches and support staff were instrumental to the success of these students, from recruitment through to interviews, follow-up, and more. The graduation was a great evening thanks in part to Master of Ceremonies Earl Greyeyes (in the bright pink shirt!) and Elder Connie Wajunta. In particular, Job Coach Jerry Nelson was recognized and gifted with an S.I.I.T. hoodie for his dedication to ensuring that this program succeeds.
Shown above (left to right): Heath Bigalky – Instructor, Jerry “Numbers” Nelson – Job Coach, Sam Whitehawk – Program Coordinator and Liana Wolf Ear – Office Administrator/Acting Project Manager.