Hometown: Moose Jaw, SK
Band: Deh Gáh Got’îê First Nation, Northwest Territories
Program: Electrical Engineering Technology diploma
When reflecting on her time at Sask Polytech, the First Nations mom says she would reach out for help earlier. “Electrical Engineering Technology is a demanding program and I struggled with work-life balance with young children at home. If I could go back in time I would not wait to ask for help. Talk to a counsellor as soon as you are struggling.”
The Electrical Engineering Technology program is a three-year diploma with five academic semesters and three co-operative education work terms. Jamie’s favourite memories from Sask Polytech is finishing finals each semester, “You put in 30 hours of homework on top of attending classes. The program is hard work. It’s a great feeling to know you are succeeding and moving forward at the end of the semester.”
“I like being challenged by my program and enjoy the hands-on application and lab work. Along the way I’ve made some good friends and learned a lot about myself.”
Jamie is looking forward to her co-op terms, where she can earn and receive valuable work experience while continuing her education at Sask Polytech. After graduation Jamie hopes to work for a company based in or near Moose Jaw to support her family.
Jamie’s advice for others interested in furthering their education? “Keep going and don’t give up. Education is a life-long journey. Don’t let anything discourage you from pursing your goals.”