Conestoga news

February 28, 2002 12:04 PM

Automotive Apprentice Earns National Association Scholarship

Allen Jantzi of Wellesley, who is an advanced-level apprentice in Conestoga College’s Automotive Service
Technician program, has won a $700 scholarship from the Automotive Industries Association (AIA) of Canada, inrecognition of academic achievement, as well as leadership in school and the community.

The award, titled the Arthur Paulin Automotive Aftermarket Scholarship, is one of only 14 given this year in Canada by the AIA. Jantzi is Conestoga’s first-ever winner. He was recently presented with the scholarship cheque by Jeff Reynolds, incoming Chair of the AIA Central Ontario Division. Reynolds is employed with Dixie Electric of Concord, Ontario as a site manager.

Jantzi, who was home schooled, earned his Ontario secondary school diploma in 1999. He is employed with the Wellesley Service Centre and is in the third and final year of his day-release in-college apprenticeship studies at Conestoga’s campus in Guelph.

Based in Ottawa, the AIA is a national trade association representing the automotive aftermarket industry -- companies which manufacture, distribute and/or sell replacement parts, accessories, tools and service and repair equipment. The AIA is involved in government relations, market research, educational programs, export and trade promotion, and it stages the biennial Canadian International Automotive Show. Its member companies employ more than 220,000 workers.

Automotive Service Technician is one of 12 apprenticeship programs currently offered at Conestoga. It provides theoretical instruction and practice in vehicular systems, diagnostics and repair procedures, to complement the apprentices’ on-the-job learning at their places of employment.

CONTACT: Jim Palmer, 519-824-9390, ext. 162