Holland College helps students get what they want out of life

By Ancelene MacKinnon
Sept. 25, 2012

Allen Boland decided he needed to make a change in his life. Over the past five years he
worked a desk job after graduating from the electronics course at Holland College.
This year, Boland is back at Holland College taking the Early Childhood
Care and Development course and he is happy to be working towards something that will better satisfy his interests.
“I’m a person with a lot of energy and I’ve always had a great time having fun with kids,” he said.
Mike Jeffrey is in Electrical Engineering Technology at Holland College and he plans to work at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bio-Medical Engineering.
“It’s a two-year course and a pre-requisite for bio-med,” said Jeffrey.
He knew he wanted to be in the medical field and he already works at the QEH in the sterile processing department.
“I was trying to find a job in the hospital I would really like and thought taking electrical engineering was perfect.”
Boland said he’s enjoying the course.
“It’s good and going to get busier for sure. Even so far from discussing stuff in class, I’ve certainly had a change of perspective on a lot of things for the better.”
Jeffrey likes his course too and commented on how it keeps him busy.
“I’m there 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and it’s very busy. Time management is the main thing.”
The course is meeting his expectations. He is used to university, but likes the high school elements of it, he said.
“You’re with the same people. There’s 12 in my class and you get to meet them and spend the next two years with them.”
Boland said after graduation he would like to gain more confidence.
“Just to make myself more aware of myself as a person and that’s going to help me help others.”
It’s all about fun. You need to have some fun in your life, he said.
“You have to pick a job you love. They say if you pick a job you love, you won’t be working a day in your life.”