Conestoga news

March 10, 2011 11:14 AM

Entrance Scholarships Available for Masonry Fundamentals Program

Conestoga College is pleased to offer eight $750 entrance scholarships to full-time students in the Masonry Fundamentals Program in either the Waterloo or Mississauga training locations. These scholarships have been established by the Canadian Concrete Masonry Producers’ Association (CCMPA) to promote careers in the brick and stone industry.

Masonry Fund

Masonry Fundamentals is a 16-week program that serves as a stepping stone toward securing a Brick and Stone apprenticeship. With the government infrastructure spending creating high demand, as well as the aging demographic of current workers , the construction industry is in need of skilled tradespersons. A Level 1 Brick and Stone Apprentice can earn between $14 and $18/hour; a full Level 4 Apprentice can expect anywhere from $25-$33/hour.

“The main goal of the CCMPA is to increase exposure of this sought-after trade and attract new skilled workers into the industry,” said Paul Hargest, President of the Canadian Concrete Masonry Producers’ Association (CCMPA). “We hope that these Entrance Scholarships will entice students who are considering a trade to look at brick and stone as a career path.”

The Canadian Concrete Masonry Producers’ Association (CCMPA) will donate $10,000 each year for the next 5 years toward the Entrance Scholarships and other student awards in the Masonry Fundamentals and Brick and Stone apprenticeship programs. The Association also provides thousands of dollars in materials to Conestoga College as part of their ongoing commitment to the training of new students.

“The Masonry programs at Conestoga are heavily sponsored by local companies and are a good example of the collaboration between the college and industry which started with the building of the Masonry Training Campus in 2008,” explained Rene Letoile, Masonry Programs Coordinator at Conestoga.

To apply for an Entrance Scholarship, students must be accepted into the Masonry Fundamentals program and submit their high school transcripts for consideration. Scholarships will be awarded to the candidates who have achieved the highest academic averages based on marks from their last year of high school. Recipients will be notified in writing once all transcripts have been reviewed.

For more information or to apply for a scholarship, contact Rene Letoile, Masonry Programs Coordinator at:
Conestoga College - Waterloo Campus
108 University Avenue East
Waterloo, ON N2J 2W2
519-885-0300 ext 5541