What's it like to take the BEST program? Hear from students who have experienced it first-hand.
Never looked back
As a Camosun College multiple award recipient, Geoff Hughes has come a long way since his academic beginnings at the College. When Geoff arrived in the BEST program, he was the first to admit that his background had been rough, to say the least. With great determination to find a career that would sustain him, Geoff ultimately decided upon the Mental Health and Addictions program. He steadfastly worked his way through the English prerequisites to gain access to this program, all the while making solid and lasting connections with peers, faculty and staff.
Geoff completed his program and quickly gained employment, which ultimately landed him in his current position as Executive Director of a string of recovery homes. Not only does Geoff help others to change lives in his daily work, he continues to give back to the academic community that, as he says, “gave him his start.” Once bitten by the concept of lifelong learning, Geoff has never looked back!
Finding the right fit
When approached recently for a career progress update, Alyssa Niezbrzycki bubbled forth with, “I couldn’t be happier!” She went on to explain that she’s now working full-time as a Medical Office Assistant for a busy family physician.
This exuberance was hard won for Alyssa. Prior to taking the BEST program, she experienced some significant health and learning challenges that left her feeling frustrated and defeated. However, with the right support from college services like the Centre for Accessible Learning, Alyssa began her journey of success completing Camosun’s Medical Office Assistant program with straight “A’s”.
This newly found direction and motivation came, according to Alyssa, because, “BEST helped me figure out the right career fit and Camosun offered the education and practicum program to achieve my goal. Now I have a job I love!”
What a difference a goal makes
Silas Sewell received the J.S. Foster Corporation Award as the top first-year student in Camosun’s Mechanical Engineering Technology program. Not bad for anyone, but really not bad for someone who never finished high school and just a couple of years ago had no idea what he wanted to do with his life. But then he took BEST.
“BEST pointed me in the right direction,” says Silas, “and helped me narrow my focus. They gave me a tour of the engineering department, which really opened my eyes to the possibilities. And they helped me figure out what subjects I would have to upgrade to get into the program I wanted.”
Next destination: the University of Victoria or the University of BC. “I’m still working part-time in a restaurant, but it’s okay because I have a goal in mind now.”