Find out how Ogwehoweh Skills and Trades Training Centre is adapting its programs to help Indigenous learners on their educational path during COVID-19.
I CHOSE Ogwehoweh Skills and Trades Training Centre
Located in the Ohsweken, Ogwehoweh Skills and Trades Training Centre (OSTTC) was established to provide the skills and training programs that people could not get on the reserve of Six Nations of the Grand River, and to fulfill employment needs in the area.
All my life I was in some sort of construction. I was an iron worker straight out of high school and then I went to bridge painting. That’s when I got into a car accident that put me into this wheelchair. I went to school for personal training before this just to try and fill the void but that didn’t quite do it. I like hands-on type jobs, so that’s what I am trying to do here.
When I started, the welding booths were so small that I couldn’t fit in to get to the table, so they made me my own little booth in the corner and chopped the legs off the table because it was too high for me. OSTTC is close to home, it only takes me 10 minutes to drive here. I know a lot of people and there is always someone to talk to. The skilled trades are coming back to life so now is the time to get into it.
Healthcare office assistant student
My career path was prolonged for bit for personal reasons and I decided I was finally ready to go back to school. I started in office administration, and when I started I found out I was pregnant. It was an eight-month program, so it worked out. I took some time off for maternity leave and now I am back taking the Healthcare Office Assistant because I am interested in the healthcare field.
I enjoy coming here. The teacher knows your name; they know you’re here. They sit down with you, they make you understand, and they offer you more help. They want to make sure that you will succeed. My son goes to daycare across the road so it’s very convenient. You’re getting everything you need in a shorter period of time. You don’t have to prolong it two or three years. If I studied somewhere bigger, I wouldn’t have these kinds of opportunities.
Our Automotive Service Department has had multiple apprenticeship programs coming through here. We’re closely tied to the community and we do repairs on live, customer cars. We’re insured, we have a parts supplier, and we do it all. We bring it in, diagnose it, create an invoice, do an estimate, and service the cars. There’s no labour, they just pay for their parts. The students get a feel from start to finish for what the job is and what it’s like in a real garage. We can do level one and two, and once our graduates are done, they’re out there working in the trade. We’ve also had pre-trades, pre-tech, where cover auto-welding and construction.
We’ll take on just about anything, because I can do it. I show them how to do it and they get a little more advanced training here. We’re in the community, we’re centrally located, so it’s easy to access. Everything’s centralized here at OSTTC.
Location & Contact
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16 Sunrise Ct.
Toll Free: 866-827-5912