Students from Niagara College earned their time in the spotlight at the Ontario Technological Skilled Trades Competition.
The event drew 1,900 competitors to participate in the event, held April 30-May 1 at RIM in Waterloo. The largest skilled trades competition in the country, the event features competitions for elementary, secondary and post-secondary students.
Gold-medal winners include Brittany Calsavara, Bake II Apprentice student, who won the Baking competition; Donguk Sul, second-year student in the College’s Culinary Management Co-op diploma program, who won the Culinary competition; and Cassandra Botelho, second-year Hairstyling Apprenticeship student, who won gold in Hairstyling.
NC students who won silver medals include Desiree Shreuders, Bake II Apprentice student, in Baking; and Nancy Nguyen in second-year Hairstyling Techniques.
Scott McInerney, first-year student from the College’s Culinary Management Co-Op program, won bronze in the Culinary competition; and Eric Lupton, who just completed his second year of the Motive Power Technician – (Co-op) Apprenticeship program, won Bronze for the Automotive Skills Competition.
Acting president Steve Hudson applauded the students’ efforts as well as the faculty members who helped them succeed.
“These students and apprentices are the highly skilled tradespeople of tomorrow,” he said. “They will drive our key industries and help meet the growing demand for skilled labour in Niagara and beyond.”
Chair of NC’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute said that this was a historic win. “Never has once college swept both the Culinary and Baking skills competitions,” he said. “It was great to be a part of the NC team and the students will be off to Edmonton to represent our college in Nationals in a few weeks.”
“I am very proud of our faculty and growing roster of students who continue to excel on the local, national and international stage,” said CFWI dean Jon Ogryzlo. “We are focused on providing the top culinary graduates in Canada which includes building excitement, passion and confidence in our students to do their very best. “
NC Hairstyling Techniques professor Joseph Abbruscato said he was very proud to be a part of this great experience with NC students.
“A special thank you to Robert Tullio who time off his schedule to train some of our competitors,” he said. “Wishing everyone tonnes of success both in Edmonton and in their future careers.”
Wayne Toth, coordinator for the College’s Motive Power Technology Division, said Automotive winner Lupton is one of his top students who worked part-time at the College’s Automotive Lab and was very active with Skills Competitions at the District School Board of Niagara and Niagara Catholic.
“It has been a pleasure having Eric as a student and I wish him all the best in his future career,” said Toth.
The winners qualify to compete in the Skills Canada National competition in Edmonton May 13-16.
InsideNC congratulates the winners, and all NC students and staff who participated in this year’s event.