Students from Durham College’s (DC) School of Skilled Trades, Apprenticeship and Renewable Technology (START) had an opportunity to meet with Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak on May 6 when he visited the Whitby campus to speak with students from the one-year Mechanical Techniques – Plumbing program.
“It was a great experience; he’s a really nice and personable guy,” said Matt Murphy, a Mechanical Techniques – Plumbing student. “He wanted to know where we were from and got to know a little bit about our background and how we got into the program.”
Students were given an opportunity to share their experiences at the college so far including their thoughts on what the high-demand skilled trades field has to offer and why they chose plumbing as a future career.
With students hard at work to complete their program most are eager to acquire an apprenticeship after their studies to gain more hands-on experience.
“I did a lot of research before coming to Durham and choosing this program,” said Murphy. “Plumbing is listed as one of the top 10 trades in Canada right now. It came down to this program or welding and I chose plumbing because there is more room for growth. The amount of knowledge I learned in the first semester alone was exceptional.”