Niagara College wins again at Canada’s largest skilled trades and technologies competition

Esthetician student Nicole Caines won a silver medal at Skills Ontario.

Niagara College proved to be fierce competition for another consecutive year at the 27th annual Ontario Technological Skills Competition with three students winning provincial medals.

The students each captured silver in the Aesthetics, Culinary Arts and Hairstyling categories placing them amongst the top in the province. The competition took place May 2-4 at RIM Park in Waterloo and is known as Canada’s largest skilled trades and technologies competition.

The Aesthetics competition saw Esthetician student Nicole Caines contend with five other contestants from top schools across Ontario. Lorraine MacDonald, esthetician technologist at the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Sport, trained Caines for several weeks along with faculty members Tina Green, Lisa Maurice and Susan Nicole.

“We couldn’t be happier or more proud of Nicole,” said MacDonald. “She demonstrated a high level of professionalism throughout her training and competition and we are thrilled that she brought home a medal. Nicole’s performance confirms yet again that Niagara College’s Esthetician program is a front-runner in the industry.”

Culinary Skills student Selah Schmoll and Hairstyling student Adam Barry also earned silver medals after placing in the Culinary Arts and Hairstyling competitions.

“This was a new experience for many of our competitors and their strong showing is evidence of greater success in the years to come,” said Tim McLeod, associate dean of the School of Trades. “This is just another example of our students’ unwavering commitment to success within their chosen industry.”

Gary Torraville, associate dean of the Canadian Food and Wine Institute, noted that competitions are a good way for students to strive for excellence in their work. “Competitions are an excellent opportunity for students to showcase the skills they have learned while in their program,” he said. “Our students’ overall success at Skills Ontario is a reflection of their hard work and dedication to their craft. We are all very proud of them.”

More than 2,000 competitors from secondary and post-secondary schools across Ontario participated in this year’s Ontario Technological Skilled Trades Competition in a range of contests from plumbing, culinary arts, aesthetics and automotive service. Competitors were judged on their skills related to their field as well as their job interview skills and related soft skills. For more information visit

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit


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