Tiffeny & Colleen,
I just wanted to say, thank you for everything you’ve done to help guide me through my experience at Loyalist College. The support from both of you was more than any student could imagine. I could not have done it without knowing and continuing to learn that I had a full support team behind me. You are both wonderful people and amazing at what you do. Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Human Resource Management
Graduated August 2011
I just wanted to say, thank you for all of your help and support over the past 15 months. You have been so wonderful and understanding to me; I can’t thank you enough. I am really glad that I have had you in my corner; it’s been a long road!
I remember the first time I met you; you stayed late to get me registered. You are an awesome person Tif!
Thank you for everything!
I have now completed my Office Administration Program. (Just one more exam to go). I would like to thank you for all your assistance throughout the year. You have been very helpful and kind to me. I appreciate all your support.
Hopefully, I will be able to obtain employment in this field. If you hear of any openings, can you please let me know, as I would be interested.
My Experience at Loyalist College.
After being laid off from an automotive position in Condie’s service department in Kingston, I decided to change careers. My lifetime passion was always in law, probably because my father and two of his brothers were police officers. I guess you could say it was in my blood.
After much research I decided to take the Legal Assistant program thanks to the financial aid of MTCU. With Colleen Ringham’s help, I registered for the fall semester. Even though I was starting in November instead of September, I was off and running as an E-lab student in a four semester-program.
College was all new to me, since I was a First Generation student, and being a “mature student” didn’t make it any easier.
My first challenge would be a two semester over-lap in January, which meant I would be working on seven courses at the same time. Being the type of person that seems to do most things the hard way, even with the over-lap I decided to combine the rest of my three semesters and do them in two. This was a decision that I gave a lot of thought to. After speaking to Colleen about the pros and cons and getting approval from MTCU, I decided to go for it. The staffs in the eLab were very supportive, honest and encouraging, which really helped in my decision process. The benefits to me were one less semester to commute since I live in Napanee, two months instead of six without an income because, although MTCU was paying the college expenses, they did not pay me after my E.I. ran out. Don’t get me wrong, I am very grateful for MTCU. Without them I would never have had the opportunity.
Semester two came and went with very little conflicts, even with the nine course over-lap, and my marks were consistently above my expectations. Then semester three began offering some pretty tough subjects which made me doubt my abilities. Yet again, I spent some time with Tiffeny and Colleen and they helped me get on track and encouraged me through the tough times. I was struggling with one course and my mentor Kelly was on holidays. One of the other mentors, David Beer, immediately stepped in to help me, and within three days of our conversation he had arranged a tutor for me. She was a third year accounting student at the college and she was amazingly helpful and knowledgeable. Corporate Law gave me a major pain for the entire semester, but the course I enjoyed the most was Criminal Litigation. The instructor, Kim Gross, was wonderful. Her feedback was continual throughout the course and very helpful. She always had good advice and challenges to keep me on my toes. Thanks Kim!
I found it difficult to communicate with one of the instructors, Lorraine, who was the instructor for seven of my courses overall, because she was basically non-existent for the entire last semester. She hadn’t forwarded my final assignment marks on two of my courses, which meant I went into those final exams with no knowledge of where I stood or what I needed to pass. I wrote six exams in eight business days in both of the last two semesters. Not an easy task but I was almost done. With the advice of my accountant, I sent out my resume weeks before I was scheduled to complete my program. Great advice, as it turned out. After mailing off one hundred and twenty resumes, I receive a welcome call and after two interviews, became employed by Cunningham Swan in Kingston. I am now Legal Assistant for Lesley Kendall, in the Family Law Department. Lesley was wonderful enough to allow me to complete my program before my start date with the firm.
Knowing that I had secured employment sure took some pressure off going into exams. I have been able to maintain an over eighty-five percent average. At the time of writing this, I had only received one exam mark back, for Criminal Litigation, which ironically was the only exam being sent to another college for marking.
I would not recommend going through a program in the manner that I did. I managed because I had a very extensive support team starting with my husband Steve and family, to all the staff and friends I made at the college. Twenty years ago I would not have given it a second thought.
Now as a Grandma, I am very proud of what I have accomplished and the position I am in is where I am proud to be. Thank you to the eLab staff, especially Colleen and Tiffeny. I will never forget you ladies. May you continue to be a blessing to all the students that pass through those e-lab doors. My experience at Loyalist has been an experience I will not forget. I met a lot of wonderful people, students and staff alike.
Most of all, I thank God for where I am today and what I have accomplished because without God, none of it would be possible.