Nick Tigani will be graduating from Stratford Central in June of 2017 and over the past 4 years he has explored several career paths including carpentry and mechanics . Nick says he was never the type of student who excelled in academics but he didn't mind coming to school everyday because he was excited to spend time in the woodshop with Mr. Hombach. He preferred hands-on courses that gave him practical working knowledge that he could use in everyday life. Nick says his most influential teacher was his grade 10 math teacher Mr. Steel because, "He always gave good advice and always had time to talk."
In grade 11, Nick was excited to attend school everyday when he was enrolled in the Cooperative Education program as a general labourer with Feltz Design & Build. Nick said the workplace was a lot different than school. "There were different expectations, you' re always busy, always accountable and you always have to do your best work. " The dual credit program at Lambton College gave him some hands-on experience in the fields of welding and electrical, in addition to some college and high school credits. Nick considered attending college for carpentry and framing but he has decided to head directly into the workforce in order to improve his skills on the job site.
Kaylin is interested in pursuing a careering in welding. Kaylin is a graduate of Palmerston Public School.
Kaylin liked the variety of programs at LDSS, especially in the shops. She had lots of opportunity to figure out what she liked in different tech areas.
Kaylin's favourite teachers have been Ms. Dickie and Mr. Geiger. They took the time to build a relationship with her and were more than "just teachers".
Her advice is, "Don't try to change for others. Be yourself and take the courses you want to take!"
Ryan Osborn has great plans for life after high school. He intends to work hard and definitely sees farming or welding in his future. Ryan wants to experience life outside school and feels it is time for something different after achieving his goal of earning a diploma. Ryan' s high school career has provided the opportunity to try different things. Shop classes have given him the chance to learn hands on. His best experience has been co-operative education - that is where he has figured out what he wants to do in life.
He has enjoyed the chance to learn something he likes - he loves to operate machinery, in particular the combine. Ryan will always remember good times with his friends and credits his family for his success. His father has taught him so much, specifically, to be kind and respectful of others, always on time and to be true to your word. Sometimes, his father is concerned that Ryan works too hard. Ryan wants to find a job he enjoys and knows he has the background to achieve his dreams.