The Ontario Hot Mix Producers Association (OHMPA) has named Conestoga Motive Power Technician - Heavy Equipment students Nicholas Rojas and Rakesh Talapaneni Shanthaku its "Roads Scholars" for 2016.
The Roads Scholar Program is an OMPHA initiative to engage and educate young people about the hot mix asphalt industry. The program provides students with an opportunity to learn more about the industry and network with industry leaders. The program was developed in 2012 and Conestoga students have been named Roads Scholars in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
OHMPA, formed in 1974, serves as a voice for hot mix asphalt producers on industry issues. OHMPA members include all major asphalt producers and asphalt cement suppliers in Ontario, as well as manufacturer/supplier and professional services members.
"Educating and mentoring young talent and connecting them to our industry is key for ensuring a strong future for the industry,” said Donn Bernal, OHMPA president and general manager of Yellowline Asphalt Products Ltd.
The students were recognized at OHMPA’s Spring Operations Seminar, held in Cambridge on April 20.
OHMPA also sponsored two construction awards that were presented at Conestoga’s Trades & Apprenticeship Awards Presentation on May 25. Brian Mackie was named top academic Heavy Equipment Operator student and Nicholas Rojas was named top practical student in the Motive Power Technician - Heavy Equipment program.