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CCO Awards 2018: Outstanding Graduate in Trades


Craig Elliott
Institute of Technical Trades
 
Many of our students have had difficult pasts, but Craig overcame extraordinary odds, including: immigration to Canada at age 10, raised in poverty by a single parent, dropped out of high school, incarceration and house arrest from 16-20, more jail time in his 20s, loss of home and depression.
 
Staff at ITT realize mentoring is as important as training, and Craig convinced them that he was serious about making a commitment. Craig graduated with a program certificate and obtained licences for CWB in SMAW ( flat, horizontal, vertical and additional overhead) with above average results as well as CWB in FCAW (flat).
 
He is still working at the same company, has had a salary increase and is building a life with his fiancée. In his words, “I am awake for the first time in my life.”

 


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