Students

Before we started the course, what were your expectations?

"Before I started this course, I really didn't know what I was getting myself into. I had low expectations of myself."

"My expectation was to learn more about the trades, experience new things, and meet new people."

Do you think that work can be meaningful?

"I think that work can be meaningful, but you have to put the meaning into it."

Now that we've been through the course, did it go as you expected? Why? Or, why not?

"This course was not what I expected, because I didn't think that I would have learned as much as I actually did."

"It went better than expected. I learned a lot more than any other class had taught me."

"I have learned some very important things about being the best employee that I can be. I’ve also learned a lot about myself."

What did you learn about yourself?

"I have a purpose in the workplace. I’ve always told myself that I can’t do something if it looks hard and never challenged myself. Now I am looking for more challenges."

"I learned the different jobs that I don’t like and now know that I wouldn’t want to do them for a living."

"I learned that I have a lot of potential, and that always doing my best, even when no one is looking, is very important."

"I learned that the trades might not be for me unless I find the right one."

"I learned that there is a lot more that I don't know about how the world works than I realized."

"I learned that I like to work with my hands and get my hands dirty to fix things and build things."

Do you think you have something to contribute to your family, community, and world?

"I do think I have something to contribute. I might not know what it is yet, but I am a strong believer that everyone has something to contribute."

What did you think of the course?

"I believe this is a wonderful course. I’m glad that I got to be a part of it. This class has helped me so much, and I will always remember what I learned during it."

"I think the class was really good. I enjoyed going to other places and learning about what they do and how they do it."

Has this course helped to give you any direction in a career choice? If so, how?

"Yes, I learned that I still wanted to be a welder."

"Yes. It has helped solidify my decision to become an engineer."

What factors contribute to the craftsman enjoying their job?

"1) A culture of community, 2) doing things right, and 3) being proud of what you do."