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Alumni Services provides benefits to our Alumni, organizes special events and assists at Convocation.
Alumni Give Power to Thunder Bay Hydro
Our Alumni are appreciated by more than just their alma mater. 91.7 per cent of employers are satisfied with the Confederation College graduates they’ve hired.
So what is it that gives our alumni an employability edge? We went straight to the source and talked to one of our biggest alumni supporters to find out.
Thunder Bay Hydro Corporation is a group of companies serving Thunder Bay and area with electricity distribution, generation and utility services. Serving over 49,000 customers via a network of over 1,300 kilometers of overhead and underground power lines, Thunder Bay Hydro relies on its staff of over 130 employees to ensure a quality customer experience. A significant number of those employees is made up of Confederation College graduates from a variety of programs, including Accounting, Human Resources, Marketing and Civil Engineering Technology just to name a few.
“We are big, big fans of Confederation College.” This is how the conversation started with Andrew Covello, Vice President of Human Resources & Safety at Thunder Bay Hydro. When asked why, Andrew cited the work ethic, technical and communication skills, and well-rounded qualities of our alumni.
“Confederation College graduates can do so much right out of the gate. They hit the ground running, are ready to learn, get their hands dirty and aren’t afraid to ask questions. They don’t need a lot of hand-holding and they transition to full productivity very quickly.”
The practicality and hands-on nature of programs at Confederation College, the experience of our faculty and the relevance of our course content all contribute to a graduate who knows what to expect in the workplace.
Dave Erickson remembers all too well his start at Thunder Bay Hydro after graduating, first from the Pre-Technology program, then from the Electrical (Computer/Control) Engineering Technology program at Confederation College. “I knew where I stood when it came to starting my career. I settled right in at Thunder Bay Hydro because of the education and experience I gained while studying at Confederation College.”
Starting as a Power Line Electrician/Technician, Dave has moved up the ranks since his start at the company. He is now part of the managerial team in the role of Line Supervisor.
Speaking highly of all college employees, Andrew wrapped up our conversation by noting that “Our college graduate employees become important Thunder Bay Hydro assets right away.”
Tell us what you think
Do you have ideas of your own about what you would like to see Alumni Services bring to the membership? We would love to hear from you!
Alumni Relations & Special Events Officer
Telephone: (807) 475-6509
Toll-Free: 1 800 465-5493 (in ON and MB)
Written by Ashleigh Quarrell | Media & Communications Officer, Advancement & Communications
Our Alumni Program is designed to make our graduates always feel connected and welcome at Confederation College, even after their student days are over. Events are one way. Events are in the works and you can read about them in future editions of this new quarterly newsletter.
Another way is by wearing an Alumni Pin. During the past year, we’ve been giving them to alumni at the President’s Breakfast, company coffee break events, and other alumni gatherings. The card attached says it all – we hope you wear this pin with pride and stay connected to Confederation College.
That sums up what “alumni” means to me: the pride and the awareness of belonging to something bigger. The Alumni Pin is a nice reminder of that. If you haven’t gotten yours already, contact me and I’ll update your information and send you out your own personal Alumni Pin.
Confederation College Alumni Services strives to work in partnership with past, present and future students by providing ongoing representation and service to current students and graduates. We continually work to instill a sense of pride among graduates and the community while continuing to grow and develop. Help us stay connected to you. Join us on LinkedIn, follow us on Facebook or contact us by email. We would love to hear from you!
Don’t forget to ensure your contact information is up-to-date so we can keep you in the loop about all the exciting things happening at Confederation College.
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