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Taking his education to the bank with help from the Career Centre

By Lucia Green, Career Centre

Gain skills and experience. Make money while going to school. Get your dream job. You can do it all with the Career Centre, where you’ll find:

  • Work and volunteer opportunities
  • Career coaches who can get you job-ready
  • Career development workshops (resumés, cover letters and more)
  • Career fairs, speed-networking sessions and other events
  • Co-operative Education programs

Read more: Computing Studies and Information Systems student scores job thanks to Co-op

Give your career a boost

Another program available to students – specifically those pursuing a post-degree credential – is the Career Boost Program. It’s a series of six workshops on skills identification, how to use LinkedIn and more. Students get ongoing support throughout the program and after graduation until they find full-time employment. Keep reading to find out what one PBD Finance student thought of the Career Boost Program.

Neel makes bank

Neellohit looking sharp in downtown Vancouver

Neel came to Canada to further his education and gain work experience. With a degree in mathematics, economics and statistics under his belt, he decided to enhance his job opportunities with a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Finance at Douglas.

He also decided to enlist the help of the Career Centre. “I’d been with a temporary staffing agency, but almost all of the jobs were unrelated to my education,” he says. He joined the Career Boost Program, and everything changed.

Read more: Career Centre leads Hospitality Management student to job at prestigious hotel chain

“They helped me reformat my resumé and highlight key areas, polish my interview skills, and taught me about networking,” he says. “There’s even a session on updating your LinkedIn profile so that it’s free from irrelevant information and has all of your current work experience and skills. It’s also a place where you might meet people in the same field, or even future employers, so keeping it perfect is essential.”

It worked: Neel landed a job at a major bank and is working toward becoming an investment banker.

“The Career Centre helped me land a great job by bringing in individuals from different financial institutions to meet with Douglas College students,” says Neel. “Furthermore, they helped me fine-tune my skills, knowledge and resumé to make the best of the opportunities available.”

Contact the Career Centre

New Westminster Campus, room S1803
Coquitlam Campus, room A1430
cc@douglascollege.ca
604 527 5889

Stay safe and secure on campus at all times

By Nancy Constable, Safety, Security and Risk Management

Student safety on campus is a top priority at Douglas College. Read below to find out who to call and where to go in the event of an emergency.

Save Campus Security numbers in your phone

Coquitlam: 604 777 6254
New Westminster: 604 527 5405
Anvil Office Tower: 604 777 6666
Note: Call Campus Security 24/7 in the event of an emergency. In an urgent or life threatening situation, call 911 first, then also call Campus Security to notify them of the emergency on campus.

Know your closest emergency exits and assembly areas

Evacuation maps are posted in classrooms and near stairwells and elevators. Familiarize yourself with more than one way in/out of the building.

Sign up for emergency notifications

Subscribe to DC Alerts to receive important notifications regarding emergencies on campus and advisories of campus closures (for example, due to heavy snowfall).

Know the College’s emergency procedures

Review all emergency procedures, including the College’s lockdown procedure.

Speak up when you see something unsafe

Report all safety hazards and incidents to Campus Security, including concerning behaviours.

Use Safer Walk

Receive a security escort from a uniformed officer to the local SkyTrain station or to your vehicle in a campus parking lot/parkade by requesting a Safer Walk from Security.

Get first aid – stat

There are trained first aid providers on each campus. Dial 2400 from any College landline or call Campus Security if you need first aid. You can also visit them in person:
Coquitlam Campus Security – kiosk at level 1, building A/B atrium
New Westminster Campus Security – kiosk at level 2, concourse
Anvil Office Tower Security – kiosk on the sixth floor

Talk to a counsellor

Counsellors can help you manage personal challenges, career planning and figure out how to ease the pressures of college life.
Coquitlam: 604 777 6185
New Westminster: 604 527 5486

Campus events: Jan. 20 – 24

Don’t miss out – here’s what’s happening around campus this week!

Let’s kick off your Winter Semester with some fun, interesting and entertaining campus events taking place in and around Douglas.

Campus Events this Week:

Monday, Jan. 20

  • Field school studies info session: Scotland – 11:30am–12:30pm in room N4306 at the New Westminster Campus. Learn more about the Scotland field school studies program for Summer 2020! Think of a field school program as an extended field trip. You, your classmates and your instructors spend the first half in class at Douglas. Then, you all fly to one of our partner institutions in Scotland to spend the next half studying abroad, while also going on course related excursions.

Tuesday, Jan. 21

  • Douglas College Coat of Arms unveiling – 10-11am in the New Westminster Campus concourse. We’re kicking off our 50th anniversary with a very special event. Students and employees are invited to attend the unveiling of Douglas College’s first-ever Coat of Arms. This Coat of Arms will also be the first of its kind in Canada. That’s all we can say for now – it’s a surprise! Please join us to witness and celebrate this historic event. Refreshments will be served after the formal program.

*Please note: Coquitlam Campus*

For our students and colleagues in Coquitlam, the event will be live streamed on the Omnivex in the atrium of A/B building.

  • Field school studies info session: Scotland – 1–2pm in room A1170 at the Coquitlam Campus. Learn more about the Scotland field school studies program for Summer 2020! Think of a field school program as an extended field trip. You, your classmates and your instructors spend the first half in class at Douglas. Then, you all fly to one of our partner institutions in Scotland to spend the next half studying abroad, while also going on course related excursions.
  • Artists talk – 6:30pm at the Amelia Douglas Gallery, New Westminster Campus. Join Sidi Schaffer, Sorour Abdollahi and Devora, who are the artists behind the Three Echoes: Hope and Transformation exhibit. Engage in discussions about their work and more. Free and open to the public with light refreshments available.
  • DSU clubs fair – 11am – 1pm in the Coquitlam Campus atrium. Interested in joining a club on campus? Want to start your own club? Then Clubs Fair is the day for you! Stop on by to see what clubs are on campus.

Wednesday, Jan. 22

  • Changing the conversation: Reflective empathy and public discourse on social housing – 6:30–8pm in the Anvil Centre Theatre, 777 Columbia St., New Westminster. Join us for a discussion of public engagement processes and a look at the background of political discussion about housing in New Westminster. This three-part series encourages more reflective and empathetic discussions by centering these voices through first-person stories and the arts.

Thursday, Jan. 23

  • DSU clubs fair – 10am–2pm in the New Westminster Campus concourse. Interested in joining a club on campus? Want to start your own club? Then Clubs Fair is the day for you! Stop on by to see what clubs are on campus.
  • DSU student pub night! – 9:30pm–12am at The Taphouse, 405 North Road, Coquitlam. Welcome the Winter semester with some dancing, music, appetizers and good company! Free appies and cover for Douglas students. This event is for students ages 19+, Government ID and Student ID required!
  • Intramurals: Basketball – 4:30–6pm in the Pinetree Community Centre near the Coquitlam Campus. Intramurals are a great way to stay active, meet new friends, build campus community and try a variety of new sports. All Coquitlam Campus intramurals are offered at the Pinetree Community Centre, next to the campus, in Gym 3. Bring your Student ID card and proof of your current class registration.
  • Arts at One – 1pm at the Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre, New Westminster Campus. Listen and enjoy Low Pressure Systems: Post-Minimal Music for Solo Baritone Saxophone with Colin MacDonald. Free and open to the public.

Friday, Jan. 24

  • Intramurals: Soccer – 5:30–7:30pm in the New Westminster Campus at the New Westminster gymnasium, located on the first floor on the north side. Intramurals are a great way to stay active, meet new friends, build campus community and try a variety of new sports. You will need to sign-in by using the Douglas Students’ App. Download the DS App for free from the Google Play Store or the App Store.
  • Douglas Commerce and Business Association launch party – 5:30–7pm in the Anvil Office Tower, room 910/911. Join the party with the Douglas Commerce and Business Association (DCBA) and learn more about who they are and what they do around campus! There will be talks about upcoming events, a chance to mingle, games and free food and drinks.

Ongoing Campus Events

  • Three Echoes: Hope and Transformation – From Jan. 16 – Feb. 29 at Amelia Douglas Gallery, New Westminster Campus. Enjoy the mixed-media artwork by three immigrant artists, Sidi Schaffer, Sorour Abdollahi and Devora, who take you on a journey bridging their immigrant experiences with art. Admission is always free.
  • New Westminster Campus Winter fitness classes – Monday–Thursday from 8am–8pm and Fridays from 8am–6pm, at the Fitness Centre in the New Westminster Campus. View the scheduled classes, which range from Power Yoga to Zumba. Come get fit and healthy!
  • Coquitlam Campus Winter fitness classes – Monday–Sunday from 8am–10pm, at the Pinetree Community Centre. View the scheduled classes, which range from Pilates to Belly Dancing. Come get fit and healthy!

Check back often for more fun and entertaining campus events perfect for the Winter season!

Looking for tech support this semester? Tommy and Daniel are here to help!

By Shruti Ashok, Centre for Educational and Information Technology

Getting up to speed with technology can be a challenge, especially at the beginning of a new semester. Luckily, we have two student assistants who’ve got you covered.  

Meet Tommy and Daniel. Tommy is a Computer and Information Systems student specializing in Data Analytics. Daniel is enrolled in the Computing Studies and Information Systems program. Both are part of the Students Helping Students (SHS) program, brought to you by the Centre for Educational and Information Technology (CEIT).

Tommy and Daniel will be on campus outfitted in red vests and can help you with logins, computer functionality, printing, Wi-Fi and more.

Read more: 4 ways you can be cyber smart

Reach out to Tommy at the New West Campus

Location: Library
Call or text: 604 396 4475
Email: nwshs@douglascollege.ca
Hours: Monday–Friday, 10am–6pm

“I am really excited about this role as it gives me the opportunity to interact with the Douglas College community. I am always available to help. I am just a call or email away. You can even meet me in person at the cool, new Library at the New West Campus,” – Tommy

Reach out to Daniel at the Coquitlam Campus

Location: CEIT Office, room B1250 (adjacent to the Library)
Call or text: 604 306 4777
Email: dlshs@douglascollege.ca  
Hours: Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm

“I always enjoy helping others. This opportunity has enabled me to connect with a lot of people. I am also learning a lot about customer service. It feels great to see the excitement that students have when they learn about new technologies available to them at Douglas College. I would encourage students to go through the IT services pages on our College website to know more about the options and resources that are available to them.” – Daniel

9 IT services to simplify your digital life at Douglas

As a Douglas College student, you have a variety of services at your fingertips, including IT services provided by the Centre for Educational and Information Technology (CEIT). Here is everything you need to know as you gear up to start the Winter Semester at Douglas.

College Network Access (CNA)

To log in to the College computers, Wi-Fi, Blackboard and other CNA services, use your CNA username (nine-digit student number) and password. For first time login, your password will be generated and emailed to you after you have registered for at least one course.

Read more: 5 free tech tools all Douglas students need to know about

CNA Password Portal

Register your personal email address (not your College email address) or phone number in the Password Portal. If you forget your CNA password, use the Password Portal to reset it.

Blackboard

This is your one-stop site to access online courses and academic resources. To access Blackboard from douglascollege.ca, hover over the login drop-down menu at the top and select Blackboard-Community.

Office 365

This Canadian cloud service gives all registered students free access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, one terabyte of OneDrive storage and a new College email address. Use this email address and your CNA password to log in to Office 365. The Office 365 address is sent to the personal email address you provided to Douglas.

LinkedIn Learning

This online resource offers thousands of video courses on a variety of topics taught by industry experts. LinkedIn Learning is a subscription-based tool free for all Douglas College students with CNA credentials.

Read more: 4 ways to declutter your digital life

myAccount

Access myAccount for all essential tools, including course registration, wait lists and tuition fees. To log in, use your nine-digit student number and PIN (your six-digit date of birth) followed by “Douglas” e.g., DDMMYYDouglas. If your default PIN was generated before April 29, 2019, your default PIN is your date of birth only (DDMMYY). You will be prompted to change this pin at your first access for security reasons.

Top Hat

Make learning fun with Top Hat, an active learning tool available at Douglas College. Connect with your instructors to learn more.

Printing

Every semester you may print up to 240 pages for free from any machine (libraries, computer labs or the glassed-in area of the New Westminster Campus concourse, aka the Fishbowl). For extra copies, use the PayPrint stations at both campus libraries, room 618 (6th floor, Anvil Office Tower), room N6212 (New West) and room A2030 (Coquitlam). Your quota is reset to 240 pages at the beginning of each semester. Please consider the environment and print only what’s necessary.

Support

Our Service Desk provides assistance with passwords/PIN resets, login issues and wireless connectivity. For technical assistance on campus, contact the Service Desk at 604 527 5330 or helpdesk@douglascollege.ca. Or, get help from a fellow student. Call, text or email Students Helping Students, and a computer-savvy Douglas College student will come to you!

New Westminster: nwshs@douglascollege.ca or 604 396 4475
Coquitlam: dlshs@douglascollege.ca or 604 306 4777

Get involved, stay healthy and have fun

By Elliott Slinn, Student Engagement

The college experience is about so much more than classes, books and grades: It’s about discovering yourself through a series of meaningful interactions, experiences and memories that’ll last a lifetime.

At Student Life, we offer events, programming and practical work experience, all to help you grow and learn as an individual in the Douglas College environment. Believe it or not, students who are active participants in campus culture are more likely to do better academically; when you’re invested, you care more.

Here’s a breakdown of what Student Life is all about:

Get Oriented

The EDGE is three days in September of crazy-fun activities led by experienced students.

There are a few key steps that all successful students take to get settled at Douglas College, like New Student OrientationThe EDGE (which stands for Engage, Discover, Grow, Express, and is the annual, three-day team building, activity-based event) and First Year Fridays. Our orientation events will help you build a solid foundation and leave you feeling prepared for the challenges ahead.

Read more: This business grad’s work experience with Student Life helped him land a job as a financial planner.

Get Involved

World of Dance is a series of dynamic, diverse and upbeat dance sessions where you can learn everything from bhangra, to Afro-beat, to hip hop and more

There’s a wide variety of activities and events happening all the time at Douglas College. Student Life aims to get you involved, either as a participant or part of a team hosting a program. This is an excellent way to meet new people, make new friends and have fun doing it!

Get Healthy

We all know the phrase “health is wealth,” but this is more than just a slogan for us. We believe maintaining a healthy diet, exercising and taking good care of your mental health will help set you up for academic success. Your student activity fee includes a membership to the fitness centres at the New Westminster and Coquitlam campuses. Fitness classes, including yoga, Pilates, Zumba, core strength and boot camps are also offered.

Get Experience

If you want to graduate with a resumé that grabs employers’ attention and gets you hired, Student Life can help provide you with tangible work experience and practical skills; we want to see you succeed! By being a student leader, program assistant, orientation planner or graphic artist, you can develop your skills working in a team and take on leadership roles – all of which will help you stand out to your future employers.

As a Douglas College student, a giant Jenga may be in your future …

Don’t be the last to know what’s happening at Douglas College: Follow Student Life on Instagram and Facebook.

Ace your courses with help from the Learning Centre

Douglas College students

By David Guedes, the Learning Centre

The Learning Centre is the peer tutoring and writing centre for Douglas College. We provide free tutoring and academic support for all Douglas College students. You can book tutoring sessions for help with:

  • Writing for all Douglas College courses
  • Course content for select first-year courses
  • Study skills to improve oral presentations, note-taking, study strategies, test preparation and time management 
  • English-language tutoring for written and spoken English language skills for Douglas College classes, provided by TESL-trained, professional tutors

Prefer online feedback on your writing? Submit your written assignments to an online writing tutor.

Visit us to win!

Now that the New West Campus library renovation is finished, we’re back in the library! Find us in N2105 during the first two weeks of the Winter Semester to enter a draw for a Tim Horton’s gift card!

General Studies student
“When a particular tutor wasn’t available, the Learning Centre would find another one to step in. Their approach, service and commitment has been so very sincere – they truly want to see me improve and succeed.” – Shavina Bhan, General Studies student

Who are the Peer Tutors?

Peer Tutors are students taking classes at Douglas or other post-secondary institutions. They are hired based on instructor recommendation, academic performance and more.

Interested in becoming a Peer Tutor? Here’s how

Find us

New Westminster, room N2105

Coquitlam, room A1040

Campus events: Jan. 13 – 17

Don’t miss out – here’s what’s happening around campus this week!

Let’s kick off your Winter Semester with some fun, interesting and entertaining campus events taking place in and around Douglas.

Campus Events this Week:

Tuesday, Jan. 14

  • Services fair – 10am-2pm in the Coquitlam Campus atrium. Wonder what Douglas has to offer? Looking to meet some of the wonderful people who work at the College and have services to help you succeed? Come to the Services Fair and find out what Douglas can do for you! Not only will you gain valuable knowledge, there’s also cool prizes to be won just for coming out to chat and explore!

Wednesday, Jan. 15

  • Services fair – 10am-2pm in the New Westminster concourse. Wonder what Douglas has to offer? Looking to meet some of the wonderful people who work at the College and have services to help you succeed? Come to the Services Fair and find out what Douglas can do for you! Not only will you gain valuable knowledge, there’s also cool prizes to be won just for coming out to chat and explore!

Thursday, Jan. 16

  • Opening night – Three Echoes: Hope and Transformation – 4:30 – 7:30pm at the Amelia Douglas Gallery, New Westminster Campus. Enjoy the mixed-media artwork by three immigrant artists, Sidi Schaffer, Sorour Abdollahi and Devora. Be treated to light refreshments with a no-host bar. Free and open to the public.
  • Arts at One – 1pm at the Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre, New Westminster Campus. Enjoy Sharanjeet Singh Mand, Sitar play the sitar. Free and open to the public.
  • 2020 NY resolution, no more plastic workshop – 4:30 – 6:30pm in room A2050 at the Coquitlam Campus. What do bees, the environment and plastic have to do with each other? Come find out and make your own beeswax food wraps with the Institute of Urban Ecology. Free workshop open to all.
  • Field school studies info session: Greece – 1 – 2pm in room S1711 at the New Westminster Campus. Learn more about the Greece field school studies for Summer 2020. Think of a field school as an extended field trip. You, your classmates and your instructors spend the first half in class at Douglas. Then, you all fly to one of our partner institutions in Greece to spend the next half studying abroad, while also going on course related excursions.

Friday, Jan. 17

  • First year Fridays: New year, New friends – 3:30 – 5pm in the New Westminster concourse. Learn important college skills and resources available to students, while having fun, making new friends and playing games. There will be free food to boot!
  • Intramurals: Volleyball – 5:30–7:30pm in the in the New Westminster Campus at the New Westminster gymnasium, located on the first floor on the north side. Intramurals are a great way to stay active, meet new friends, build campus community and try a variety of new sports. You will need to sign-in by using the Douglas Students’ App. Download the DS App for free from the Google Play Store or the App Store.
  • Field school studies info session: Greece – 3:30 – 4:30pm in room B2010 at the Coquitlam Campus. Learn more about the Greece field school studies for Summer 2020. Think of a field school as an extended field trip. You, your classmates and your instructors spend the first half in class at Douglas. Then, you all fly to one of our partner institutions in Greece to spend the next half studying abroad, while also going on course related excursions.

Ongoing Campus Events

  • Three Echoes: Hope and Transformation – From Jan. 16 – Feb. 29 at Amelia Douglas Gallery, New Westminster Campus. Enjoy the mixed-media artwork by three immigrant artists, Sidi Schaffer, Sorour Abdollahi and Devora, who take you on a journey bridging their immigrant experiences with art. Admission is always free.
  • New Westminster Campus Winter fitness classes – Monday–Thursday from 8am–8pm and Fridays from 8am–6pm, at the Fitness Centre in the New Westminster Campus. View the scheduled classes, which range from Power Yoga to Zumba. Come get fit and healthy!
  • Coquitlam Campus Winter fitness classes – Monday–Sunday from 8am–10pm, at the Pinetree Community Centre. View the scheduled classes, which range from Pilates to Belly Dancing. Come get fit and healthy!

Check back often for more fun and entertaining campus events perfect for the Winter season!

Get the support you need to succeed

By Karen Chhabra, Ruth Fraser, Chelsie Letendre and Andria Wrench, Student Affairs and Services

We believe in supporting our students, both inside and outside the classroom. If you need help choosing courses, dealing with personal problems, improving your study skills and more, we’ve got the services to help you succeed.

Accessibility Services

Accessibility Services works with students to remove barriers related to learning disabilities, mental health issues, mobility impairments and sensory impairments. We work with you and your instructors to create an individual plan for accommodations and support. We can help plan for temporary, long-term, or intermittent needs. If you are anticipating or experiencing barriers to access, Accessibility Services can help with:

  • Exam accommodations
  • Reading, writing and studying technology
  • Note-taking assistance
  • Accessible course materials
  • Sign language interpreters
  • Applying for disability-related StudentAidBC grants
  • Building self-advocacy skills

Counselling

College can be a stressful and confusing time, but you don’t need to face it alone. Douglas College counsellors are here to help you find ways to manage personal challenges, plan your future career and manage the pressures of college life. There are three types of counselling services offered to Douglas students:

Personal counselling can help you deal with personal concerns that may be affecting your studies or personal well-being. Counsellors work with you to explore what’s happening in your life and help you identify strategies to help. Topics you may seek counselling for include stress management, interpersonal relationships, building self-esteem, adjusting to college, managing anxiety, depression, coping with grief and loss, and more.

Career counselling helps you explore your academic and career goals. Learn about career planning and access resources to research different occupations, post-secondary programs and more.

Educational counselling and student advocacy Facing academic difficulties? Counsellors will help you understand your options and choose a course of action for a variety of situations, including academic probation, when course withdrawal is not possible, grade appeals and more.

Read more: Dealing with depression and releasing the pain – a Douglas employee’s personal journey

Indigenous Student Services

Indigenous Student Services strives to respond to the needs of all students who are Indigenous, First Nations, Metis or of Inuit backgrounds – this means status and non-status Natives from North America – so that they can succeed as self-directed, independent learners. The Indigenous Student Services centres at both campuses offer a number of services, including:

  • Culturally appropriate support services, activities and events at the College and in the community
  • One-to-one support with an Indigenous Student Advisor
  • Student assistants who offer peer mentorship and additional support
  • Information about funding options, bursaries, scholarships, awards and student loans
  • Assistance finding accommodations and child care
  • Access to a range of academic workshops
  • Opportunities to participate in and witness traditional cultural presentations

In addition to these services, the Indigenous Student Services centres provide quiet study spaces and information on Indigenous history and culture.

Student Support Navigator

If you have experience in Ministry of Children and Family Development Care, alternative secondary education, or are a first-generation or mature student, a Student Support Navigator is here to provide outreach and guidance. They can assist with:

  • Familiarizing you with the campuses and services available
  • Applying for the Provincial Tuition Waiver Program and additional bursaries
  • Accessing counselling and mental health supports
  • One-to-one support with goal setting and tracking
  • Building connections to the community
  • Referrals to additional support services

This Stagecraft and Event Tech alum does custom carpentry for high-end clients

By Carly Whetter, Foundation and Alumni Relations

Michael Young knew he wanted to work in the entertainment industry – he just wasn’t sure in what context.

“Originally it was because I thought I wanted to be an actor,” says the Stagecraft and Event Technology (SET) alum. “But I’ve always been good with my hands and enjoy making things. Stagecraft seemed like a logical step.”

Read more: How this Douglas alum is changing the face of education

The SET diploma program at Douglas College teaches students everything from lighting to stage management for TV, film and theatre. It was recommended to Michael by Paul Moniz de Sá, the Artistic Director of Theatre and Music at Granville Island’s Arts Umbrella.

Michael Young in his woodworking studio.
The future is wood. Michael in his studio in Burnaby.

“Paul thought it would be a good way for me to get a feel for the general entertainment industry, with a specific focus on theatre,” says Michael. “The program ended up laying the groundwork for my career.”

If you build it, they will come

After graduating from Douglas College, Michael took his skills to BCIT to complete his Red Seal journeyman’s papers in joinery and cabinetmaking. This certification built on the knowledge of his SET diploma, giving him an even deeper understanding of the materials and finishes he uses for his projects. “My goal was always to work towards getting my Red Seal, and once I had that credential, I would open up my own shop,” says Michael.

Instagram screenshot of Red Bull doors.

He did just that. Today, Michael owns and operates MJY Fabrications, a wood-based custom fabrication studio in Burnaby. His portfolio includes creative projects for corporate and luxury clients – from building a cooler-themed door for a Red Bull event, to re-panelling the interior walls at the Museum of Anthropology’s Haida House, to constructing a pair of oversized sunglasses for Clearly – and scenic sets for a number of local television, film and theatre productions. It sounds hectic, but Michael says the SET program prepared him well.

Instagram screenshot of Clearly sunglasses.

“In this industry there are a lot of projects that come quickly. The program also gave me a good understanding of how to cope with the situations I deal with in my day to day,” says Michael.

Giving back

As his business grows, Michael continues to look for unique projects that challenge him to learn new skills. Currently he’s working on a furniture line. “I’m excited to go back into the woodwork and cabinetry side of things and add the creative edge from the work I’m doing now. It’s bringing the two styles together in some ways,” he says.

Read more: An alum’s journey takes him from chemistry to clippers

Michael continues to give back by mentoring Douglas College SET students as a way to fulfil their work experience requirement. “There are a lot more opportunities behind the scenes in this industry. It’s great to support students just starting out.”   

Visit the Stagecraft and Event Technology page for more information regarding the program.