Success at Tbaytel for These Three Alumni Traced Directly Back to Confederation College
For three alumni at Tbaytel, Confederation College offered something they couldn’t find elsewhere: hands-on learning.
“The experience I gained while working in several group projects was invaluable,” said Agnes Notarbartolo, Manager of Advertising at Tbaytel. “In my present position I work with other internal departments and team members all the time. The College program gives students the experience and confidence to work and contribute in a group environment, asking questions and leading teams. It’s a skill I use every day.” Agnes also liked the fact that the first semester of the business program covered all areas of business. “I wasn’t sure at first which area of business I wanted to major in, so I was able to try everything to find out what my passion was. That turned out to be marketing.”
“What I liked about the College is that they had a placement program in addition to the class work,” said Warren Trochimchuk, a Product Marketing Specialist at Tbaytel. Warren took advantage of the College’s articulation agreement with Lakehead University to complete his degree, so he had a taste of both programs. “You get that hands-on experience in the college program, as opposed to the lecture-style learning from the university program.” For Antonio Notarbartolo, the Computer Programmer Analyst program gave him the tools he needed to get hired at Tbaytel’s then-new Internet tech support department in 2002. Since then, he has climbed the ladder to become Supervisor of Core Services at Tbaytel.
“My goal from the start was to be a manager in a technical department, and those project management classes and projects helped develop the skills that got me to where I am today,” he said.
Warren and Agnes also found that Tbaytel is an employer that provides opportunity to work up through the ranks. “I started part-time at the Tbaytel retail store gaining experience while I finished my academic studies,” Warren said. Agnes first worked part-time in Tbaytel’s Customer Care Department. “Tbaytel is a great company to work for, providing opportunity to grow within the organization. It’s been a true asset having started in Customer Care and then bringing the knowledge and insights I learned while serving our customers into my present position in the Advertising department.”
Agnes and Antonio met in high school and dated throughout their time at Confederation College – they’ve been married for 12 years now. They were both hired at Tbaytel in 2002 within a couple of months of each other. “I love Thunder Bay, I wanted to stay here for school and get a good job after graduating that would allow me to build a family here,” Antonio said. “Confederation College and Tbaytel gave us that opportunity.”
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