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Selina Mauro

Selina Mauro
Selina Mauro

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the donors that support Conestoga and its students. I know a lot of equipment I used in the lab while studying at the college was crucial to learning the necessary skills for my career.

I studied in the Hearing Instrument Specialist program and it changed my life. After completing my BSc Biology in university I felt lost, but following a campus tour at Conestoga I knew this is where I would like to study.

The program curriculum is all relevant to the field today and delivered by faculty who have been successfully working as Hearing Instrument Specialists. I also made excellent connections and currently work at the same company as one of my teachers. The internship portion of the program taught me valuable clinical skills and secured a job for me immediately after graduation.

I love my career as a Hearing Instrument Specialist. I could not be happier and look forward to going into work each day. I am thankful for the education I received at Conestoga College to make this all possible.

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Cory Niereisel

Cory Niereisel
Cory Niereisel

I am a licensed plumber and G2 certified gas fitter. My skilled trades journey started when I stumbled across a plumbing pre-apprenticeship info session on Conestoga's website shortly after being packaged-out of a previous career in the manufacturing sector.

I attended that session in spring 2010 and have never looked back. I was accepted into the tuition-free pre-apprenticeship program and qualified for the province’s second career support which allowed me to begin learning a new trade and still provide for my young family. The faculty at the Waterloo campus is incredible and got me hooked on the trade from day one.

I finished top of my class and was instantly hired by a plumbing company. I completed my plumbing licence in 2015 and have since added the first two levels of gas fitter certification to complement it.

When I was down and a little bit lost, Conestoga was there with the perfect answer for me. I love what I do and my goal is to take this full circle and teach others or be an ambassador to the skilled trades that have provided so much for me and my boys.

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Tarek Rahim

Tarek Rahim
Tarek Rahim

I was truly honoured to receive an Engineering Technology diploma bursary. Rewards like these ease the anxiety of student loans and motivate me to continue learning.

I always had a passion for electronics and engineering, but opted to major in biology and genetics. Job security in engineering was a big factor in that decision. To my surprise after graduating, there were far fewer employment opportunities in my field than anticipated. After working a few years as a cleaner in a hospital I felt like my life wasn't progressing. I made the decision to go back to school to follow my passion.

I am so glad I made that move. Recently, one of my professors hired me for my co-op term at his tech startup in Communitech. I am now developing software that most healthcare providers in the U.S. will use to order vaccines. It was always a goal of mine to have a career that would let me have a meaningful impact on society, and I cannot be more thrilled to do so.

My bursary enabled me to put in the extra hours that ultimately led me here. I cannot begin to express how grateful I am for the generosity. I promise to pass on the kind gesture to future students when I am financially able to.

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