Valedictorian Lyndin Belleau finds home away from home at Fleming College

Lyndin Belleau was nervous to leave his home in Garden River First Nation, east of Sault Ste. Marie. In high school, Lyndin was told students are just numbers at colleges and universities, and that wasn’t something he was used to—and luckily, it isn’t something he ever has to.

“My experience at Fleming was nothing that I imagined. Fleming gave me so many opportunities that I don’t think any other college would have been able to provide me,” said Lyndin. “All my professors knew my name. It was nothing like they tell you in high school where you’re only known as a number.”

Lyndin took the Business Administration – Human Resources Management program because he wanted to work with people. He describes the Sutherland Campus in Peterborough, Ont., as amazing, with the beauty of the countryside and the convenience of city life.

To complement his studies, Lyndin worked as a Career Services Assistant with Fleming Career Services from September 2016 to April 2019. “Working with Career Services provided me with opportunities that the classroom couldn’t,” said Lyndin, who credits Job Fair planning as one of the skill-building experiences he gained on the job.

“But also learning a completely different side of business,” he explained. “In HR, we learn what is best for the business, whereas in Career Services we tailor services to the student/client to get them into the job. It was a great experience learning a completely different side from [Career Educators] Joanne Duffy and Lou Anne Hanes.”

Lyndin also volunteered his time on campus, sharing information with prospective students at Fleming’s Open House events, welcoming new students at Fleming Knights Orientation, recruiting new team members to Enactus Fleming during its inaugural year, and more. But its his involvement with Indigenous Student Services that Lyndin considers very special.

“I consider Indigenous Student Services one of my saviors during my time at Fleming,” said Lyndin, who participated in Tipi Tuesdays and Medicine Walks. “During my time at Fleming, I gained more then just a support system from Indigenous Student Services; I gained relationships from both the staff and students who accessed the lounge. The staff in Indigenous Student Services (Ashley Safar and Kylie Fox-Peltier) have a way of making the lounge feel like it’s a home away from home. They make everyone feel welcomed and are always willing to help when they can.”

Lyndin said he never expected to become so involved at Fleming College, but is glad he did.

“Getting involved on campus made my entire college experience that much better,” said Lyndin. “My time at Fleming had so many great experiences, in both the classroom and out of the classroom.”

One of his favourite experiences at Fleming was the Travel-Based Learning course, where Lyndin and his classmates travelled to Jamaica with two faculty members for one week. “This course allowed me to travel internationally for the first time, to experience different cultures, explore the tourism industry and how it works, and as well as having fun,” he said.

Lyndin said the Business Administration – Human Resources Management program prepared him for his career and he is already putting his knowledge into action as a Human Resources Assistant at Garden River First Nation, where he is working for a third summer. In September, Lyndin plans to continue his studies at Laurentian University, where he will study Sports Administration. Lyndin hopes to one day work in Human Resources at a sports organization.

But before that, Lyndin will serve as Valedictorian at the School of Business convocation ceremony this week.

“Being selected as Valedictorian was like a mix of emotions. I felt excited, scared, nervous, honoured and shocked all at the same time,” he said. “The message that I am trying to give to graduates is to never give up on continuing your journey in life, whether it is educational, workplace, or just life in general. You’ll always have a place at Fleming.”

Brooks Paget lands two jobs from Human Resources field placement

brooks-pagetBrooks Paget may balance a busy schedule of classes, field placement and being a single mother, but for the Business Administration – Human Resources Management student it is worth it.

“It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you really put your mind to it,” said the third-year student.

Because of her hectic schoolyear schedule, Brooks opted to do her 70-hour Field Placement at HRS Group during summer break. And it worked out well for Brooks, who was not only offered a summer job, but a job once she graduates from Fleming College as well.

“I enjoy going into work every day,” said Brooks. “The people I work for and with are incredible people and I like to think we’ve become very close over the past few months. They treat me like family and have been a wonderful company to work for.”

This summer Brooks is working as the Training Content Development Assistant at HRS Group, where she edits training manuals, writes documents and certificates, communicates with clients, and is working towards becoming a trainer. Brooks said once she graduates from Fleming College she will take on a more administrative role.

“I worked hard to get where I have and I believe that shows,” said Brooks. “I was offered a job before I was even finished my placement.”

Brooks credits Fleming College with helping her develop a strong work ethic. She said she treats school like a job, staying on campus 40+ hours per week regardless of whether she has class.

And in addition to the skills and knowledge she gained in school, Brooks said she is grateful for the in-class mock interviews for preparing her for the real thing at HRS Group.

“My experience has been eye-opening and like none other, not only from an educational standpoint but on a personal level too. I have never pushed myself so hard before,” said Brooks.

She also appreciates the support her professors provided. “The professors believe in helping those who want to help themselves and achieve greatness,” she said. “If you are looking at being successful and want to work hard, there are a ton of people willing to help you get to where you want to be.”

HR student Taylor Rea lands summer job thanks to program placement

taylor-rea-photoField placement worked out pretty well for Business Administration – Human Resources Management student Taylor Rea. Thanks to her 70-hour program placement at Nefab Inc. in Peterborough, Ont., Taylor secured summer employment.

“Placement was an amazing experience for me,” said the third-year Fleming College student. “I learned lots about my field, I met tons of connections, I got a deeper insight into what I am doing at school by putting it into action.”

Best of all, Taylor also got employed as an HR Assistant. She will spend the summer working on projects for different departments at Nefab Inc., gaining tons of real world experience in her field.

“I think I turned this into a job by being very reliable and punctual. I showed my managers that I wanted to learn and I was always willing to try something new,” she said. “I always paid attention to what I was being told to do, asked for clarification, as well as continually asked to be exposed to new things that related to my field. I think asking questions is very important, it shows that you care and take pride in your work, as well as you want to learn.”

In her summer position, Taylor helps recruit new employees, assists with payroll, creates and updates new policies, switches over benefits packages, answers phones and files.

“This Fleming education did help,” said Taylor, adding that the most applicable skills to her role are accounting, recruitment, management principles, payroll, occupational health and safety, and marketing.

“My manager is also a Fleming HR graduate, and has helped me with her own personal advice and experiences,” she said.

Taylor decided to take the Business Administration – Human Resources Management program at Fleming College because of her interest in business. After reading about the HR program on the College website, it seemed like a great fit.

“My experience so far has been great,” said Taylor. “At Fleming you don’t feel like a number, the teachers take the time and care about how you are doing with your studies.”

Taylor plans on doing her next field placement at Nefab Inc. because she enjoys the environment.

“I think just being appreciated and having someone put their confidence in you to get the job done is one of the best things so far,” she said. “It shows that the hard work you put in all year is finally starting to pay off.”

Her advice to students applying for placement is to apply everywhere and do your best.

“Don’t be shy to go and talk to people. Although it’s intimidating, it goes a long way,” Taylor said. “Always be willing to learn and try new things. Don’t shy away from something because it’s unfamiliar, face it head-on. Be confident and ask questions!”

Lyndin Belleau eagerly enters Human Resources field after first year at Fleming

lyndin-belleauLyndin Belleau could not wait to enter the Human Resources field and gain real-world experience. After completing his first year of Fleming’s Business Administration – Human Resources Management program, Lyndin secured summer employment as an HR Assistant.

The Fleming College student is working at Garden River First Nation, near Sault Ste. Marie, where he prepares packages for Chief and Council when hiring new management or senior-level positions, attends meetings related to HR matters, files staff personnel files, and sits on the Health & Safety Committee.

“I found that Human Resources Administration really helped me be prepared for what I am currently doing today in the office,” said Lyndin, who begins his second year at Fleming this fall. “Classroom case studies and real world scenarios helped me prepare to work independent or in a team, as well as have the knowledge of some Human Resources practice.”

Lyndin said he also felt prepared for this summer position thanks to his on-campus job experience with Fleming Career Services, where he worked as the Career Services Assistant.

“Career Services gave me that on-the-job experience, from maintaining files to helping create projects, and plan for events around campus. They even helped me with my resume!” he said.

Lyndin is very excited about this opportunity and especially looks forward to learning from his boss, who once served as Chair of the Human Resources Research Institute (HRRI).

“She is one of only six fellows to be given out by the association. As well, she owns her own consulting firm,” he said. “It may sound weird that I’m excited about my boss, but I’m excited about everything that I will be able to learn from her and the vast knowledge she has in the profession.”

This job is also an opportunity for Lyndin to return home to Garden River for the summer. Lyndin’s home, he said, was a factor in deciding to attend Fleming’s Sutherland Campus in Peterborough.

“I decided to attend Fleming because it felt a lot like home,” he said. “Knowing Fleming is small and has those one-on-one connections with professors and staff was a big reason as to why I came to Fleming.”

Another deciding factor was that Fleming’s Business Administration – Human Resources Management program offers all nine courses required to write the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) exam, and that Fleming has education pathways to continue studies in Canada and abroad.

“My experience so far has been amazing at Fleming. I have met so many great friends through my program that I know will be lifelong friends forever,” said Lyndin. “We are a great school community that may be small but we are powerful once we have the opportunity to go out in the world and be a force of nature.”

Mackenzie White goes ‘behind-the-scenes’ at Fleming thanks to student jobs

mackenzieMackenzie White is not only experiencing Fleming College as a student, but as an employee as well. The Accounting graduate (Class of 2017), who starts Business Administration – Human Resources Management this fall, has been working at the college for more than one year.

“I believe I have had a very unique experience here at Fleming College,” said Mackenzie, who has been a student worker for three departments. “It hasn’t just been the typical classroom experience, but rather behind-the-scenes.”

Mackenzie is spending this summer in Human Resources, and has previously worked for Facilities, and Advancement and Alumni Relations.

“I believe Fleming tries to give their students opportunities to learn and grow further than just the classroom,” she said. “I am thrilled that when I do graduate, I will already have HR experience to add to my resume.”

As the Human Resources Office Assistant, Mackenzie updates job boards, creates brochures and documents, does data entry and research, social media postings, assists with projects, and more.

Mackenzie came to Fleming College in January 2016 as an Accounting student, believing this was the right career for her. But after a Human Resources course in spring semester, she wanted to make a change.

“I wanted to continue to learn and pursue further learning around HR. It was after that term, I knew I was going to complete the rest of my Accounting diploma and make the switch over to HR,” she said.

The transition is made easy, Mackenzie said, thanks to Fleming College’s Education Pathways. Through the pathways option, the Accounting graduate is able to complete the Human Resources Management advanced diploma with just one additional year of study.

“In spring 2018, I will graduate again and be presented with a three-year HR advanced diploma in addition to my two-year Accounting diploma,” she explained. “I am extremely proud to be able to say I will have two different diplomas in less time than it would take me to complete both programs.”

And with payroll being such an important aspect of Human Resources, Mackenzie knows her accounting skills will still be put to use.

“The Accounting business program has given me a great head-start in being successful in my future,” she said. “With a variety of introductory courses, I have a good background in the different aspects of the workplace. Not only just accounting, but marketing, economics and – of course – human resources.”

HR student Samantha Rivers spends summer gaining real world experience

samantha-riversSamantha Rivers, third-year Business Administration – Human Resources Management student, is building her resume this summer at the Municipality of Port Hope. As the Human Resources Summer Student for the small municipality, Samantha has a range of responsibilities that will help her gain real world experience in her field.

“Almost every class I have taken I can apply to some aspect of my job so far,” said Samantha. “Having the knowledge from the programs I’ve taken helped me through the interview and also through each task I get assigned.”

Samantha’s tasks include: scheduling and conducting interviews, reference check calls, managing online training for employees, research, rewriting policies and job descriptions, meeting minutes, organizing incoming resumes and employee files, reviewing collective agreements and more.

The Fleming College student is excited she is already making her mark at the Municipality of Port Hope. After noticing that the Human Resources Policy and Procedures Manual was long, tedious, and divided into separate topics that were repetitive, Samantha created one standard Code of Conduct Policy.

“I spent some time doing research on it and made up a breakdown of what it could potentially contain,” said Samantha. “From there I took it to my boss who took it to council and now I am responsible for creating this policy. It is an amazing thing knowing that my creation could be in a policy manual for years to come.”

Samantha is happy she decided to pursue this career path after waiting four years past high school to apply to college.

“There were so many choices that all lead to a different future,” said Samantha, who was unsure which college program to take. “When I decided to go into Business, I looked around at a range of colleges and I always came back to Fleming as one of my top choices. It was one of the colleges I had toured while I was in high school and the environment of the Open House really left a great mark on me.”

She took the common first year in the School of Business to be exposed to different business disciplines and then chose the three-year Business Administration program to see what she liked. After her third semester, Samantha made the decision to move into Human Resources Management.

“Now, having completed one 70-hour placement and going through the motions of my summer job, I am even more confident that this is the right field of study for me,” she added.

Samantha is also confident that Fleming College was the right choice.

“At first coming in, being out of high school for four years, I wasn’t sure how it was going to go,” she said. “But after my first couple classes, I really noticed the environment at the college was everyone from every walk of life gaining experience together. I have met some amazing people and developed forever friendships at the college. I couldn’t ask for better support and encouragement from my peers and my coordinators.”

Samantha recommends Fleming College to those interested in learning both theory and applied skills. “Being able to do the pen to paper work with reading and studying and then doing the hands-on projects and presentations where you get to apply what you learned is an amazing opportunity,” she said.

According to the Business Administration – Human Resources Management student, the Business Entrepreneurship Exercise is a great example of the hands-on learning Business students experience. In this exercise, students apply the basics of product sales and marketing to fundraise for the School of Business. “In first-year, that really gets you out of your shell and involved in the school, which I think is an amazing opportunity,” she said.

And for those currently attending Fleming College, Samantha highly recommends making use of the Peterborough Sport & Wellness Centre. “It is the perfect stress relief during a busy college schedule.”

 

Second career’s a charm for Human Resources Management grad Allison Bowes

allison-bowesAfter three years in healthcare, Allison Bowes wanted a career change.

“I was struggling between just getting enough education to upgrade my skills to get another job or taking the harder path, which meant more school, to truly pursue my passion and dream of becoming an HR manager,” said Allison, who took six months to make a decision.

“I did some research and found that HR was a growing field and there were lots of different options for work,” she said. “Looking back on my choice now, I am so glad I decided to go back for what I truly wanted.”

Allison made the decision to enrol in Fleming College’s Business Administration – Human Resources Management program, which teaches students how to optimize the potential of employees while maximizing the effectiveness of the organization.

“I had a very positive experience and enjoyed my studies overall. I think that’s the difference when you find something you really love, for me it just didn’t seem like school,” said Allison, who graduated Fleming College in 2016.

“Classroom discussions were always about relevant and timely issues that brought about great discussions among my peers,” she said, adding that program faculty were very supportive and available outside of class time to help.

“I would recommend students who have a passion for the field of HR to consider coming to Fleming,” said Allison. “Being an HR professional has a lot to offer those looking for meaningful work in the business world and there is a variety of jobs out there to work in.”

Allison is now working at Christian Horizons as the Recruitment and Employee Relations Specialist. She is responsible for interviewing candidates, researching how to attract qualified candidates for developmental services jobs, increasing brand awareness at job fairs and colleges, and staying ahead of the company’s hiring demands. Allison also sits on the District Office’s leadership team and plans the annual summer family retreat.

“I love what I do. I enjoy interviewing and meeting people who are passionate about working in the developmental services field. This is something I am proud to be able to do on a weekly basis,” said Allison.

“There are quite a few special things that I have been extremely honoured to be a part of at Christian Horizons,” she shared. One example was a concert featuring the amazing talent of people who use their services, and another example was seeing her Fleming HR program coordinator Joanne Tully at her first Human Resources Professional Association meeting.

Allison said Fleming prepared her for the work world, especially because the Human Resources Management program features courses and placements to gain theoretical knowledge and practical experience.

“My advice to current students is get as much experience and knowledge from those currently working in the field. This will help you not just get job ready, but have a better idea of what area of HR you may be interested in working,” she said. “There are lots of opportunities out there. Work hard and be proud of the field you are in– it’s a great one!”

Human Resources Management is the perfect fit for Matt Fair’s people skills

mattFleming College graduate Matt Fair wanted to use his skills and interests to grow a career that suits him. After graduating from Fleming’s Business program in 2012, Matt decided to combine his business interests with his people skills and enrolled in the Business Administration – Human Resources Management program.

“I have always been a people person and I was interested in business. I thought why not apply what I’m good at and what I like to do at one job? It turned out to be a great fit for me,” said Matt, who graduated from the Business Administration – Human Resources Management program in 2015.

Matt said he “100%” recommends Fleming College to others. “The professors are easy to talk to and get along with. If you’re not understanding something, they will take the time to help you and provide guidance if needed,” he said. Matt added that his college experience was great, that he met so many different people and learned a lot about himself.

The Fleming College graduate now works as the Operations Coordinator at Inclusive Advisory, an accounting, law, and wealth management firm. His responsibilities include: special projects and event management, creating and maintaining employee files, office productivity and financial responsibility, dealing with employee conflicts, accounts receivables, e-filing tax returns, writing job descriptions and policies, and more.

Matt said he believes his Fleming education helped him as a candidate for this position. “Inclusive Advisory has hired Fleming graduates before, to which those previous hires have achieved great success– so Fleming must be doing something right,” he said.

“The education that I received at Fleming in the HR program really did a great job at preparing me for ‘real world’ scenarios,” said Matt. “I believe that my Fleming education has prepared me for this position, because I was able to attain the building blocks of human resources at Fleming. The program provides you with basic knowledge and understandings of HR, so when you receive on-the-job training, it all makes sense.”

Kyle Clapp will use his HR and Tourism education as a Grad Recruiter

kyle-clappMeet our Grad Recruiter Kyle Clapp! Kyle has been hired by Student Recruitment to speak with prospective students across Ontario about Fleming College.

Kyle is a graduate of Fleming’s Human Resources Management advanced diploma (2016), and Tourism and Travel program (2014). “I’m looking forward to being able to apply both my diplomas in this role,” said Kyle. “It allows me to take my tourism background and literally apply it to Ontario, while incorporating the HR side of recruiting. The extra push I needed came from Joanne Tully, the HR program coordinator, who suggested I apply and felt I would fit the role perfectly.”

Encouragement is one of the many reasons why Kyle values the faculty at Fleming and credits them as his favourite thing about the college. “Every single staff member is committed to the student, they are there to help you learn and grow, and – when you don’t fully understand something – they take the extra time required to help you fully comprehend whatever is being taught. It was nice to feel like more than just another number in a seat, so to speak.”

In addition to the incredible faculty, Kyle said, “I believe that prospective students should come to Fleming because they are getting city living but with a small town atmosphere.” He credits events in The Steele Centre, Athletics, and the friendly and helpful nature of the staff and students. “Many of the people you encounter have the same aspirations as you, which means making friends becomes second nature,” he said.

While studying at Fleming College, Kyle said his favourite spot on Sutherland Campus was the Tipi. “It is a very tranquil spot to just go and be able to think and share knowledge not commonly found in the Academia landscape,” he said. “Although I wasn’t able to use it as much as I would have liked, it was also a great way to get some insight into the Indigenous culture while being able to sit back and take a moment for myself.”

Kyle credits Fleming with helping him step out of his comfort zone to do class presentations, volunteer at Fleming Open House, and speak in group settings. “The best thing I learned while attending Fleming was the barriers you set for yourself only limit you.”

Kyle’s next stop on the road is Belleville, Ont., where he will visit Bayside Secondary School, Nicholson Catholic College, and St. Theresa Catholic Secondary School on Sept. 26, 2016.

Cody Harack attributes ‘gainful employment’ to Fleming College

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Cody Harack speaking at the Fleming HR program CKE Prep Night, organized by Joanne Tully

Cody Harack, Business Administration – Human Resources Management (Class of 2014), currently works as a Human Resources Generalist at Holsag Canada. Below is her Fleming College story:

“I attribute my gainful employment completely to Fleming College. Without their co-op placement program I wouldn’t have searched out Holsag Canada as a potential learning opportunity, and through this placement I was hired on during the summer of 2014 and eventually hand-picked to replace my mentor here at Holsag Canada. I believe Fleming College prepared me for this job with the experience of the professors and use of case studies within the classroom. During my time at Fleming College I was able to gain second-hand experience through my professors explaining real world situations and I was exposed to actual documents that are used in the workplace.

Because of my Fleming College diploma, I was also able to fast-track through Trent University  and graduate in December, 2015 (convocation is June, 2016) with my Bachelor of Business Administration – Specialization in Human Resource Management. I made the Dean’s list and would recommend this path to those who wish to earn a degree in the shortest amount of time.

My advice to current students is to be present – don’t just show up to class and be a ‘body in the room’ – participate, ask questions and share experiences. Your Fleming experience is truly what you make of it. Take advantage of the Fleming College HR Program Facebook Page, and connect with your fellow peers– these individuals will not only become key networking contacts in the future, but also some of the best friends you can imagine.

I would highly recommend the Human Resources Management program at Fleming College. The faculty and like-minded students foster a creative and positive learning environment. I had previously attended two other post-secondary institutions for administrative diplomas and ended up on Academic Prohibition due to my poor grades. Since finding Fleming College, and being introduced to the engaging Program Coordinator Joanne Tully, I found my place and my grades soared. At Fleming College, I truly did ‘learn’ human resources, felt like I ‘belonged’ due to the dedication of faculty and fellow students, and ‘became’ the professional business woman I am today.”