Joelle (Joe) Nicotine
Hometown/band: Red Pheasant First Nation, SK
Program: Welding Apprenticeship
Joe Nicotine, a First Nations student, is a loving husband and proud father, and building a promising career to support his growing family is a big part of his dream.
His first exposure to welding happened while on the job, where he would watch his colleagues build things using amazing skill and precision. The more he watched, the more he realized welding was the career for him. In 2013, Joe began his journey with Sask Polytech and after two years of hard work and dedication, he received his Red Seal in welding.
"At first, I was shy in class — being one of the few Indigenous students continuing my training. As the weeks progressed, I made friends and am still friends with them to this day. They helped make learning so much fun," he says.
For Joe, the ultimate goal is to own his own mobile welding company, which would allow him to do the job he loves while still managing to spend quality time with his wife and children.