Dec 21, 2018
By Dylan Pelletier
Dumont Technical Institute was proud to offer the Security Officer Applied Certificate Program in Pinehouse Lake this past fall. Eleven students started the program in September and all eleven graduated. They included Ryan Marsh, Michael Natomagan, Robert Alcrow, Nigel Durocher, Thomas Boyd, Darryn Tinker, Jenny Lariviere, Cammy Smith, Ruby Natomagan, Faith Smith, and Kyle Natomagan.
Other than the 100% completion rate, the students graduated with over 80% average; with one of the graduates, Faith Smith, scoring 96% on the provincial exam – the highest mark in Saskatchewan in 2018. It was a very successful program.
The students received specialized training in Mental Health First Aid as well as Control Tactics to better prepare them for the job market. We were pleased to have, Derek Ballard, a 30 year veteran of the RCMP as our instructor. Ballard drove all the way from Newfoundland to Pinehouse in September! A survey of the students at the end of the program found that over 95% were satisfied or very satisfied with the program and 100% were satisfied with the instructor.
Special recognition needs to go to Ruby Natomagan. She had to do extra work and study very hard to pass the Accuplacer exam to gain entrance into the program. Ruby was a model student with perfect attendance and received a Certificate of Achievement at the graduation ceremony.
Derek Ballard was so impressed by Ruby that he is recommending her for an Indigenous Police Preparation Program should she wish to continue in her education towards a law enforcement career. Ruby was also the classroom seamstress. She hemmed all of the pants on the students’ security uniforms. She is a brilliant woman with many talents.
Cammy Smith and Darryn Tinker also deserve recognition. They both helped keep the classroom clean during the program and Cammie received the Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship.
This program was brokered through Saskatchewan Polytechnic so the students received certificates from Dumont Technical Institute and Saskatchewan Polytechnic. The graduates of this program can hope to find employment as security guards at mine sites, oil and gas sites, hospitals, casinos, and shopping centers.
Congratulations to all the graduates of the Security Officer Applied Certificate Program in Pinehouse Lake, Saskatchewan.