Conestoga news

December 15, 2001 1:29 PM

Sowa Tools Recognizes Apprenticeship Student Excellence

Kitchener-based Sowa Tool and Machine Co. Ltd. believes in the importance and value of education in the skilled trades, especially apprenticeship education. Accordingly, the company has recognized excellence in apprenticeship as demonstrated by six students who recently completed their in-college apprenticeship studies at Conestoga College.

Four students participated in apprenticeship courses at Conestoga’s Doon campus in Kitchener, the other two at the campus in Guelph. For their efforts, they share a total of $2,500 in tool-purchase vouchers, presented on behalf of Sowa Tool and Machine by Sales Manager Barry Schwartz.

Each student was recognized as being the highest achiever in his graduating class, based on both academic and practical learning.

The apprentices, their programs and their current or most recent employers are as follows:
Daniel Burgetz of the Tool and Die Maker program, Doon (Bendall Tools and Machines, Ayr)Luke Deskur of the General Machinist program, Doon (Cooke and Denison Ltd., Guelph)Andrew Hill of the Tool and Die Maker program, Guelph (ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc., Cambridge)Jeffery Moser of the Tool and Die Maker program, Doon (Meikle Automation Inc., Kitchener) Peter Terrel of the General Machinist program, Doon (Cantec Manufacturing Inc., Cambridge) Andrew Urschel of the General Machinist program, Guelph (Septimatech Group Inc., Waterloo).

Conestoga is among the largest colleges in Ontario with regard to apprenticeship training, with an annual
participation of approximately 2,000 apprentices. Sowa Tool and Machine is a distributor of industrial equipment and supplies in four basic product areas -- cutting tools, precision tools, abrasives and machine tool accessories. Sowa represents a large number of companies known worldwide.

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