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June 2, 2004 2:49 PM

Two Conestoga Students Gain National Skills Medals

At the recent tenth annual Canadian Skills Competition (CSC) in Winnipeg, two students from Conestoga College earned national medals for their technical knowledge, applied skills and problem solving abilities.

Pam Bunker of Gorrie, Ontario earned a silver medal at the postsecondary level in the architectural computer-aided design drafting competition. She is enrolled at Conestoga in the three-year Architecture - Construction Engineering Technology program at the Doon campus in Kitchener.

Terence Gill of Kitchener took bronze medal honours in the postsecondary industrial mechanic millwright event. He is an apprentice and takes the in-college segment of his training in the Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) program at Conestoga's Guelph campus.

The Winnipeg event was presented by Skills Canada, a national voluntary organization of educators, business and industrial leaders and organizations, and government representatives which aims to promote technical education and careers to young Canadians as a viable and rewarding first choice for their future. More than 300 outstanding technical students were on hand to compete in more than 40 categories at the secondary or postsecondary level.

Conestoga had three other entrants at the CSC. Frieder Laepple of Petersburg, an apprentice in the Automotive Service Technician program at Conestoga's Guelph campus, competed at the postsecondary level in the automotive service event. Jason Lafortune of Garson, Ontario was in the cabinetmaking event. He is a student in the Woodworking Technology program at the Doon campus. Ben VanDorp of Egbert, Ontario competed in the welding category. He is a student at the Guelph campus, in the Manufacturing Engineering Technology - Welding and Robotics program.

All five Conestoga CSC competitors had previously won gold medals in their respective events at the 15th annual Ontario Technological Skills Competition, held at the beginning of May in Waterloo.




CONTACT: Tom Franks, 519-748-5220, ext. 3800, tfranks@conestogac.on.ca

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