Conestoga news

May 10, 2013 10:27 AM

Conestoga achieves first-place finish in provincial skills competition

With a total of 14 medals across a variety of skills categories, Conestoga achieved a top-place finish among Ontario colleges at the 2013 Ontario Technological Skills Competition (OTSC) held from May 6 - 8 at RIM Park in Waterloo.

As a result, Conestoga was presented with OTSC's College Award of Distinction, which is bestowed to an Ontario college that has demonstrated commitment to preparing tomorrow’s workforce with the hands-on education required to pursue careers in the skilled trades and technologies. Results from students’ performance at the competition, volunteerism and involvement with Skills Canada - Ontario initiatives all contribute in determining which college receives the Award of Distinction.

“This is a tremendous honour for Conestoga,” said President John Tibbits. “It’s a tribute to the hard work and successful achievements of our students as they strive to develop the skills that today’s labour force demands. It also recognizes the commitment and support of college faculty and staff who provide their expert guidance and support through the learning process.”

Congratulations to Conestoga’s winners:

Gold Medals:
Josiah Budd, Cabinetmaking
Darrin Crouse, Brick Masonry
Justin Norris, Website Development
William Shoniker, Truck and Coach Mechanic
Matthew Snooks, Restaurant Service

Silver Medals:
Joel Bernard, Precision Machining
Ian Hartman, Carpentry
Sonny Hira, Restaurant Service
Steve Ruttan, Electronics
Alyson-Marie Symington, IT - Office Software Application

Bronze Medals:
Brandon Coleman, Cabinetmaking
Nathan Kieffer, IT - Office Software Application
Taylor Lee, Electronics
Jonathan Schuster, Heavy Equipment

The OTSC is Canada's largest skilled trades competition, providing a showcase for the best and brightest technical students in Ontario from secondary schools, colleges and apprenticeship training programs. This year’s competition featured more than 1,900 competitors in more than 60 contest categories.

For more information, visit the Skills Canada-Ontario website.