Bold Steps Yield Unlimited Opportunity
Change takes courage, but the rewards can be life changing. Jeromie Parker is a member of the Business Administration Class of 2014 and
knows well the deep breath it takes to embark down a new pathway. After graduating high school in Kamloops, Parker took a shot at post-secondary education but found it wasn’t for him. He went north for a stint of hard labour in the oil patch and from there spent a decade as a drywaller.
After being laid-off in 2011, Parker faced a major crossroad. With a young family that included two and four year old children, he went looking for new opportunities. “This was a chance to get out of drywall after 10 years,” says Parker. “I had a young family and there was a lot of motivation to get out of
that and find something different.”
He found his solution at Selkirk College. “My first impression of Selkirk College was a very positive one,” he says. “When I was calling trying to enrol, the people were more than helpful. They didn’t know me at all and they went above and beyond. By the time I arrived, I already knew so many people and what they had done for me. It boosted me and I felt obligated to make this happen because I didn’t want to let anybody down.”
Parker went onto excel in the business program and at 34, embraced college life. He was a spark for the college’s Business Club, helped organize special events, was on the winning team of the annual Business Competition and took on the challenges of his course load with enthusiasm.
“If you are the kind of person who likes an education that is tailored to people that really enjoy the learning experience, then Selkirk College is a great option,” says Parker. “If you are thinking about coming out of your shell, it’s a social atmosphere that is awesome. People actually care here, from the other students to
the faculty... it’s such a supportive place to go to school.”
To help pay the bills, Parker secured two student internships thanks to Selkirk’s Co-Op Education & Employment Services while completing his diploma. Weeks before graduation, Parker was hired at the Bank of Montreal in Castlegar where he immediately got to work on his new career. Starting as a Financial Services Manager, Parker is excited about the opportunities that await. Taking a bold step towards a new life has paid off in ways Parker only imagined when he first
reached out to Selkirk College.
“One of the important lessons I learned at Selkirk College is that the door is always open,” says Parker. “You just have to work hard and there will be opportunity.”