College campus a mainstay in Carbonear
Owner/principal Margaret Drover marking 25-year association with Keyin College
Margaret Drover says her path to becoming owner/principal of the Carbonear campus of Keyin College is a very straightforward one.
Her position as a Business Instructor at the District Vocational School had been made redundant, she had four children, a new home and a passion for teaching.
She began her association with Keyin College 25 years ago as its managing co-ordinator, and became franchise owner of the Carbonear campus in 1992.
A quarter-century later, this institution of higher learning continues to evolve and mature, and the campus and its people are more like an extension of Margaret’s family. “I still love what I do,” Margaret stated recently during a conversation at the campus, which is located in the former St. James junior high school on Lemarchant Street.
The campus started off with just eight secretarial science students in 1988, but has grown extensively over the years, and most recently saw the opening of a new trades school on Goff Avenue in Carbonear.
In September, the campus will welcome some 200 students, and offer 11 training programs.
So what’s been the secret to success for the Carbonear campus?
An ability to respond to the needs of the marketplace, said Margaret.
The establishment of the trades school in 2011 is the latest example of this, with a large enrolment projected in the steamfitter/pipefitter program in September. The introduction of the Occupational Health and Safety program in 2008 is another example, and graduates are now working all across Canada.
The college is also a significant employer in the region, providing gainful employment to more than 20 professionals.
Margaret speaks highly of her “great team,” and added: “I’m very proud of the work we do, both at the campus and in the community.”