Re: New guy says hello
Yes, this is really the only web forum for this sort of stuff. Lots of people in the program stay connected online, but it's mostly through social networking sites or email.
I suppose this is "old school" - but I prefer it.
The advice Fast Eddie gave is good. Having skills that the program needs helps a lot. If you can get experience driving heavy equipment, or in one of the mechanical trades, that might be your best bet - but there are all sorts of opportunities if you are really interested.