Name: Jordan Scharf
District Program: Plumbing
Future Aspirations: To continue on with my plumbing apprenticeship and get my Red Seal Certification in Plumbing. One day I’d like to become a foreman on a job site.
Jordan is a Grade 12 Clayton Heights student who entered the District Career Program for Plumbing in Grade 11. He is a January Grad and will continue his plumbing apprenticeship working for a company that his instructor recommended him for. We recently sat down and had a Q & A period.
What made you choose the Plumbing District Partnership Program?
I heard great things about the program through a friend that was doing the plumbing apprenticeship and I thought it sounded great. In grade 10 I spoke to Mr. Fisher in the Clayton Heights Career Centre and with his help I applied and was accepted into the program for grade 11.
What does your district program entail?
In grade 11 for second semester I went to Panorama Ridge Secondary and Kwantlen Polytechnic University to take Foundations Level 1 in plumbing. In grade 12, I only had to do English 12, Cabinet Construction 12 and was a Peer Tutor with my English Teacher. Plus, with my work experience hours gave me enough credits to graduate early in January. Through my instructor at Kwantlen I was referred to Core Mechanicals and they have now offered me a full time job and I will continue my apprenticeship while working for them.
What does it feel like to be graduating early?
It kind of feels like my life is finally starting. It’s exciting and, to be honest, a little scary.
What is your favourite part of being in the district partnership program?
You were in a class all day with the same group of guys, so we became close friends. We worked hard but had so much fun together. It was great to learn hands-on and not be inside a classroom all day.
Who in your life has most influenced you?
My dad – he taught me to always work hard no matter what, even though you have to sacrifice now it will pay off in the long run.
Did you have a favourite class and/or instructor at Clayton Heights? Why?
Definitely wood shop with Mr. Barefoot. He always made the class fun and helped me with project ideas. I looked forward to his class every day.
What would you tell someone who is looking at going into a district partnership program?
Definitely do it, it will pay off and will help you get ahead in life.
It sounds like you are on your way to a very successful career Jordan, we are so proud of you! We are so happy that you had such a positive experience in the District Career Program, keep in touch!