To recognize the importance of skilled trades to a vibrant, growing local economy and to encourage young people to pursue such careers, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce has established a Millennium Scholarship. Subscribed by Chamber members, it is administered by the Guelph Community Foundation.
Now, the Chamber has made the inaugural $500 presentation. The winner is Jessica Beitz, a student in the General Metal Machinist program at the Guelph campus of Conestoga College. A Rockwood-area resident, she is a 2002 graduate of John F. Ross Collegiate Institute in Guelph.
She received her scholarship cheque from Ian Smith, President and CAO of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce, at a presentation ceremony held at the Chamber offices.
Eligible for the scholarship are graduates of Guelph secondary schools who directly go on to full-time postsecondary studies in technology or skilled trades at Conestoga College. Selection criteria include outstanding academic performance in senior secondary school courses as well as community participation through volunteer activities. Where applicable, the award is renewable for a second year of studies in the same program, based on the additional criterion of achievement of good academic standing in the first year.
The daughter of a machinist, Jessica Beitz will complete her 44-week program of study this spring. General Metal Machinist is a certificate program, which emphasizes the acquisition of knowledge and practical skills related to trades such as general machinist, tool and die maker, mould maker and machine tool builder.
CONTACT: Ian Smith, 519-822-8081
From: Public Affairs Office, 519-748-5220, ext. 3336