Given Joao ‚ÄúJohn‚ÄĚ Borges‚Äôs ability to effectively manage a very busy schedule, it is not surprising he is in the Project Management program at Fleming College.
In this post-graduate program, students develop skills and knowledge to efficiently manage all aspects of a project to achieve organizational goals. For John, time management and organizational skills are key to his student success at Fleming, where he
serves as Director of Student Administrative Council and Communications Lead in
Fleming, while attending school full-time.
‚ÄúI love getting involved on
campus!‚ÄĚ said John. ‚ÄúI have been involved with SAC and Enactus Fleming for almost two
years now. I would say these are my favourite ones, as I get to do different things
every week, engage and meet students, while improving my skills and doing good for my
After graduating from the Business Administration ‚Äď Marketing program this year, John decided to continue his studies at Fleming College and take the Project Management graduate certificate to further build his resume. His career goal is to work in advertising one day.
‚ÄúI believe learning about the
Project Management areas will be an asset to my career path,‚ÄĚ he explains. ‚ÄúFleming
offers a stellar Project Management program and I‚Äôve heard wonderful things
from students that already graduated and are now currently working.‚ÄĚ
In addition to his studies
at Fleming, John also took a part-time position in Fleming‚Äôs Marketing
Department. He is working as a Social Media Ambassador, creating content for
Fleming College‚Äôs social media accounts.
‚ÄúThis is a huge milestone
for the career path I want to pursue and I believe I will be learning great
things with the Fleming Marketing team,‚ÄĚ said John. ‚ÄúSecondly, I want to
contribute to Fleming and give back to the students, and I want to try to
showcase all the great things that Fleming has to offer!‚ÄĚ
John loves the ‚Äúlively and vibrant atmosphere‚ÄĚ at Sutherland Campus, the amount of opportunities to get involved, and the support students receive from staff and faculty.
‚ÄúAt Fleming, everyone wants you to succeed, so ask as many questions as you can,‚ÄĚ said John. ‚ÄúTry to step out of your comfort zone and take advantage of all the opportunities Fleming provides, because trust me, there’s always something that matches your interests!‚ÄĚ
Alaura Jopling‚Äôs post-secondary journey did not start with Fleming College, which is why she decided to become a Grad Recruiter with Student Recruitment.
‚ÄúI want to educate and inspire the young students who are starting to apply to post-secondary because, had I known then what I know now, my journey would have a completely different beginning,‚ÄĚ said Alaura.
After graduating from high school, Alaura entered university, which she describes as very large and made her feel like a ‚Äúnumber.‚ÄĚ Although she did enjoy the social aspect, she struggled academically at university.
‚ÄúWhen I got to Fleming, it was the polar opposite,‚ÄĚ said Alaura, who took the Business Administration ‚Äď Marketing program. ‚ÄúMy favourite thing about Fleming is that class sizes are around thirty students; faculty know you by name and even get to know you as not only a student, but as a future business person. They want you to succeed– not only in your future career, but in life.‚ÄĚ
At Fleming, Alaura said she learned about her field of study, gained hands-on experience through assignments and her Applied Project with the Innovation Cluster, and grew as a person while exploring her strengths and weaknesses.
She said her favourite spot on campus is the library, which she started using after realizing most of her classmates were studying there.
‚ÄúI knew that if I really wanted to succeed, I needed to be a part of this group,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúI went there almost every day– before classes, after classes and even on my days off. The atmosphere was perfect. We would study together, quiz one-another and even teach one another.‚ÄĚ
She feels Fleming really does live up to the promise of ‚ÄúLearn, Belong, Become,‚ÄĚ and thanks everyone in the Fleming community who helped her succeed.
‚ÄúAfter having that first negative post-secondary experience, I wasn‚Äôt sure that I was going to succeed. Fleming taught me how to be confident again; how to use my own uniqueness and skills in the field, and how it would set me apart from others. I learned the best way to be me and that truly is the best outcome I could have hoped for,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúThe best thing I learned while attending Fleming was that I am capable, I am intelligent, and I can ‚Äď and am going to ‚Äď succeed.‚ÄĚ
When Dylan Trepanier reflects on his most memorable experience at Fleming College, he recalls the time he took a multi-millionaire to dinner in his 2006 Chevrolet Equinox.
He had been tasked with driving Nicole Verkindt – a young, successful entrepreneur who founded OMX (Offset Market Exchange) and serves as a Dragon on CBC‚Äôs ‚ÄúNext Gen Den‚ÄĚ – from the Innovation Cluster to St. Veronus restaurant. Nicole was in Peterborough to speak at a FastStart Fleming event and Dylan had won the opportunity to have dinner with her afterward.
‚ÄúI‚Äôll never forget her racing me to my car and getting in the passenger seat, and all I could think about was the bits of dried paint on the seat and the fact I was about to drive around a Dragon,‚ÄĚ said Dylan, who graduated from the Business Administration ‚Äď Marketing program this year.
‚ÄúBut the moment I remember the most that night is when all the stress melted away, when she asked to listen to my story.‚ÄĚ
He shared his business idea with Nicole, a driven and passionate ‚Äúrock star‚ÄĚ business person named Canada‚Äôs 2017 Woman Entrepreneur of the Year by StartUp Canada. Nicole enthusiastically asked Dylan questions and gave valuable feedback.
‚ÄúI‚Äôll never forget the feeling when she told me that she believed in me and my idea. It felt incredible to be acknowledged by someone who understands what it‚Äôs like to put everything on the line to follow their dreams,‚ÄĚ he said.
Dylan‚Äôs business idea is Alexander Optical, a team of on-demand health care service professionals that organize pop-up eye exam clinics. Their teams visit places like schools, long-term care residences, and companies to offer eye health care services, including glasses.
He developed this idea in 2013 and came to Fleming College in September 2015 because of it, working with nearly every professor to tailor assignments, projects and case studies to help understand his business plan. In his last semester, Dylan officially launched Alexander Optical as his Applied Project for the Business Administration ‚Äď Marketing program and presented it at the Innovation Showcase event, where he earned the Most Innovative Business Award and the Best Presenter Award.
Dylan was also awarded the GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy Canada Award for Outstanding Business Achievements, The Duane Parnham Business Development Award, the Sustainable Peterborough Award, the Student Administrative Council‚Äôs President‚Äôs Award, and the Valedictorian Award.
‚ÄúThe Fleming College community is generous and supportive. My success here never would have been possible without the relationships built over the last three years. It‚Äôs this community that‚Äôs helped me to become confident in myself and my career choice,‚ÄĚ said Dylan. ‚ÄúI loved my time here in this program, and having the co-curricular hands-on opportunities available to practice what I was learning in class made my time way more valuable.‚ÄĚ
Through the Business Administration ‚Äď Marketing program, Dylan developed communication skills, problem solving, accountability, and more.
‚ÄúI 11/10 would recommend this diploma to a friend, have recommended it to friends, and I will continue to advocate on behalf of the program because I graduated feeling ready for the industry,‚ÄĚ said Dylan. ‚ÄúI know my graduating class is going to do incredible things with the knowledge we‚Äôve learned here.‚ÄĚ
Dylan served as Valedictorian at the School of Business convocation ceremony this month and hopes his fellow graduates remember to seize the moment, prioritize their mental and physical health, get out of their comfort zone, learn where to focus their efforts, and remember they have the power to control how others treat them.
‚ÄúAnd most importantly, put your heart into it,‚ÄĚ he added.
Dylan thanks Student Life Coordinator Leona Folz, and faculty members Raymond Yip Choy and Wendy Morgan for being role models, and the Class of 2018 for helping make amazing memories.
‚ÄúThis class is going down in the history books, you watch,‚ÄĚ he said.
Now that Dylan has graduated from Fleming College, he is working on Alexander Optical full-time. Dylan was selected as one of seven youth entrepreneurs for the Innovation Cluster Slingshot Program, which provides him with workspace and access to workshops, resources, specialists and tools throughout the summer culminating in a pitch competition to become a full-time client of the Cluster and win $1000.
‚ÄúWith the skills I‚Äôve learned in class, I‚Äôve been able to create a lean and profitable business model that satisfies the three pillars of sustainability, creates incredible impact, and is continuing to gain momentum with the support of the Innovation Cluster,‚ÄĚ said Dylan.
‚ÄúMy advice is the same to every student: get involved and you will become more employable,‚ÄĚ said Dylan, who is entering semester 5 of the Business Administration ‚Äď Marketing program this fall. ‚ÄúWe are all here for the same reason ‚Äď to become more employable ‚Äď so why not take full advantage of that while you can? Get recognition for getting involved and develop your Co-Curricular Record (CCR). Your experience is what‚Äôs getting you the job, the diploma only gets you the interview.‚ÄĚ
Enactus Fleming is a student-led entrepreneurial club that provides innovative programming initiatives. The group gives students an opportunity to apply their skills to entrepreneurship, participate in workshops, impact the economic growth of international communities, and start a business on campus.
‚ÄúI am involved with Enactus because I believe I have the ability to make real change happen on campus and Enactus provided me with a network of support to enable me to do that,‚ÄĚ said Dylan. ‚ÄúI believe that I can help other students to feel empowered to make an impact of their own on campus.‚ÄĚ
Through Enactus, Dylan participated in the Enactus Central Canada Regional Competition, a pitch competition with participating colleges and universities in Central Canada. His team discussed obstacles and advice for strategic short, medium and long-term planning, and had the opportunity to listen to keynote speakers Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne, and Nelson and Winnie Mandela‚Äôs daughter Swati Dlamini.
Enactus Fleming also attended the Enactus World Cup, which featured business students from 136 countries around the world competing in a pitch and showcase-style presentation. Dylan participated in workshops hosted by business industry leaders and experts, and networked with Coca-Cola‚Äôs Vice-President of Sales Scott Lindsay to discuss water usage reduction strategies and employment opportunities at Coca-Cola.
At the Enactus World Cup, Dylan and his team discussed the importance of a collaborative approach to reach the Sustainable Development Goals issued by the United Nations, which is an important issue for the Fleming College student.
‚ÄúSustainability is important to me because I like this planet and a lot of the people on it. I have the ability to influence how people perceive sustainability and their ability to improve their lives to be more sustainable, so I will,‚ÄĚ said Dylan, who explained that the three pillars of sustainability include an economic, social, and environmental component.
Dylan said sustainability is especially important in his career path, as marketing professionals can influence how a generation thinks and acts towards sustainability.
‚ÄúI appreciate that there is such a strong and influential corporate social responsibility component involved in our courses at Fleming, as it has had a major impact on the way I act and react to products as a consumer and an entrepreneur,‚ÄĚ he said.
Dylan, who is a First Generation student, is enjoying his Fleming College program. He came to Fleming to improve his employment prospects and develop entrepreneurial skills, and credits the faculty, staff and his peers for helping him develop his professional abilities and step out of his comfort zone.
‚ÄúI enjoy attending Fleming every day and I almost always look forward to going back the next day,‚ÄĚ said Dylan. ‚ÄúI think my experience is very unique because of my involvement on campus and I encourage more students to follow suit and get involved themselves.”