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Electronics Engineering Technology student overcomes challenges and prepares for Skills Canada Provincial Competition

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Kyle Jordan, a second year student in the Electronics Engineering Technology program at Holland College prepares for the Skills Canada Provincial Competition. Kyle is one of 200 high school and post-secondary students competing across the province this week.

 

When Kyle Jordan climbed onto his motorcycle late one night in May of 2007, his intention was to meet his friends at a remote beach, hang out for a while, and then return home. Spring was in the air, and the 22-year-old had recently returned to the Island from out west. He was glad to be home, and was considering what he wanted to do with his life when a lapse in good judgment changed everything.  

In the early hours of the morning of May 27th, 2007, Kyle lost control of his motorcycle on a lonely country road and smashed into a stop sign. The impact of the crash was so forceful that Kyle lost his right leg, and doctors feared that they may have to amputate the other.  

“I had no one to blame but myself,” he says candidly, referring to the fact that he was speeding that night.  

“In the hospital I had a lot of time to think. Obviously, I was doing something wrong. It was time to make a change or I probably wouldn’t be alive for much longer.”  

While he recovered from the trauma of the crash and began the grueling process of rehabilitation, Kyle reconsidered his plans for the future.  

“Before the accident, I was interested in getting into heavy equipment mechanics; but the loss of my leg meant that I wouldn’t be as physically up for the day-to-day demands of the job as I would have liked, so I began to look at other options.”  

He struggled to remain optimistic in the weeks following the accident, and planning his future became an important focus for him.  

“I knew I had to stay positive,” he recalls, “or I would start spinning downward exponentially.”  

He began considering his post-secondary options, visiting websites to find out about programs that may be of interest to him. Holland College’s two-year Electronics Engineering Technology program looked promising, so he investigated further.  

The Electronics Engineering Technology program offers the academic and practical training to meet the needs of the electronics industry as an Engineering Technologist. With a blend of academic content, practical training and experience, learners will develop the required skills to apply electronic principles for circuit design and troubleshooting, to install and service electronic equipment and systems, and to install, operate and service modern electronic and data communications systems.  

The program is nationally accredited by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board of the Council of Technicians and Technologists, and leads to a diploma that is recognized across Canada.  

“According to the description of the program on the website, it sounded like something I’d like to do. I was just hoping that it was an accurate description.”  

After obtaining his GED and taking an aptitude test, Kyle entered the program in September of 2008. He says the program fit the description on the web “to a T.”  

By the time the Skills Canada Provincial Competition started the following spring, Kyle was totally immersed in the program and entered the competition. He won the provincial gold medal.  

Bob Morrison, learning manager for the EET program, says Kyle’s success is due to his dedication to learning.  

“The academic performance of Kyle Jordan is exemplary. His high regard to excellence is easily identified by his enthusiasm and commitment to produce top-level work. His strong work ethic is demonstrated daily by his punctuality, attendance, and by often submitting work prior to deadlines. These are the characteristics that not only make for an outstanding student, but also for an outstanding future employee.”  

Kyle Jordan during the National Skills Canada Competition last year. (Photo courtesy of Eastlink)

 

Kyle went on to compete at the national competition level, placing fifth in a field of 13. He says competing in the nationals was an invaluable experience.  

“You meet people who are doing what you’re doing. We’d finish the competition and discuss what we did. It really puts you in your place.”  

Josh Silver, Executive Director of Skills Canada PEI, says Kyle’s ranking in the nationals was no small accomplishment.  

“That’s a very respectable finish considering many of his competitors were the best from their much larger provinces – which is to say, competition was very strong!”  

This year, as the young man nears his 25th birthday, Kyle should look back and reflect on the past couple of years with pride. To recover from such a devastating accident, and to be determined to find the most positive path to follow, is difficult at any age. Rather than seeing the negative aspects of his situation, he has focused on his strengths and worked hard to ensure that his future will be bright.  

This Friday, he will compete in the Skills Canada Provincial Competition at the Holland College’s Charlottetown Centre, and hopefully will go on to the nationals again. His learning manager has not doubt that Kyle will draw all he can out of these experiences.  

“The experience of participating both provincially and nationally in the Skills Competitions will provide Kyle with the opportunity to enhance his current strengths and develop new skills,” he notes.  

All skills competitions are open to the public. To learn more about the Skills Canada Provincial Competition, visit http://www.skillscanada.pe.ca. To find out more about the Electronics Engineering Technology program and other programs at Holland College visit the website and click on the link to full time programs.

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Written by Sara Underwood

March 3, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. What an inspirational story, thanks.
    Good luck Kyle and all others that may be competing Friday.

    Brenda Compton

    March 3, 2010 at 1:18 pm

  2. wow cool info bro.

    limewire

    April 30, 2010 at 9:45 am


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