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St. Joan of Arc Catholic High School – Graduated 2010

Employed as a plumber apprentice with one of the province’s largest mechanical contractors

Casey Kramer recently graduated from St. Joan of Arc Catholic High School in Barrie and has chosen a unique career path – one that she hopes to encourage other young females to explore. Casey is employed with one of the province’s largest mechanical contractors as a plumber apprentice.

Becoming a plumber was not part of her initial plan, but her father suggested that she might find a successful future in the trades. Having taken construction technology at St. Joan of Arc, she knew that she was good at working with her hands. Exploring the trades became an appealing option and so she enrolled in a trades and technology program at Georgian College in Midland.

She still keeps in touch with her former high school teachers. They provide her with guidance and support as she works her way through the trials and tribulations of becoming a female plumber in a trade dominated by males.

Casey tells us, “I formed bonds at high school, not only with the students, but also with the teachers who inspired and encouraged me along the way. I’ll never forget the care and effort my teachers provided and how they made each and every one of their students a priority so that they could become successful.”

She plans to return to St. Joan of Arc and other local high schools to talk to students about the different career paths available to young females and to encourage them to consider the trades.