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Earning, Learning and… Scholarships!Jakob Yokom

Durham Alternative Secondary School and Durham Continuing Education have a partnership to provide pathway programs for learners who are ready to make a transition to work, apprenticeship or college.

The apprenticeship pathway program includes a Technological Education course,  a Career Education course and a Cooperative Education placement related to a skilled trade. Jakob Yokom enrolled for the program in September 2004. He completed the classroom components and earned two credits for his Ontario Secondary School Diploma.  He was accepted to the cooperative education program with a placement at Aldon Transmissions in Port Perry. Jakob states that the classroom component and the placement “fit in with my career plans.”

During his cooperative education placement, Jakob realized he had lots to learn about automotive service. He had serviced his own truck, but found that the professionals at Aldon Transmissions had lots to teach him. Jakob was eager to listen, and to accept constructive criticism. He learned new and better ways to service the cars, trucks and recreational vehicles that were part of the services offered at Aldon Transmissions.

Jakob was completing his final credit for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), when Don Campbell, owner of Aldon Transmissions offered him an apprenticeship. This was part of the long term goals for his future, and Jakob gladly accepted the offer.

Jakob and teacher John Cooney, Durham Alternative S.S.In 2004, the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities implemented the Apprenticeship Scholarship Program, and Jakob was informed that he was eligible for the $1000.00 scholarship. Eligibility criteria includes:

  • Between 16 – 24 years of age
  • Committed to achieving the necessary academic upgrading requirements
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the skilled trades and apprenticeship.

Jakob is happy about his future as an automotive service technician, and he is pleased to be working at Aldon Transmissions. In the future, Jakob would like to work on high performance cars, and he is eager to learn all he can during his apprenticeship.

Jakob would tell other young adults that apprenticeship is a great way to complete the OSSD, and to start a job. ” Stay in school, and find the best way for you to finish the high school diploma” is the advice from Jakob.

A sincere thank you is extended to Don Campbell, Miles Knutson and Dwight Hadden for all the support given to Jakob. Their patience and expertise has provided a young person with the first step to an apprenticeship. This team at Aldon Transmission has helped Jakob to learn, earn and achieve the scholarship.

with Miles Knutson and Dwight Hadden of Aldon Transmissions.For more information about the Apprenticeship Scholarship go to http://www.tradeability.ca/assets/AS_SB_factsheet.pdf .
For information regarding the apprenticeship programs at Durham Continuing Education, phone 905-440-4532.

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