On March 7, 2012, Cambrian College hosted the Rainbow District School Board’s annual Technological Skills Competition. Over 150 elementary and high school students tested their proficiency in 10 program areas, including 2D animation, baking, video production, welding, automotive, and others.
“Each year, this event provides young students with a great learning experience, and at the same time, enables them to participate in an exciting competition,” said France Quirion, Associate Vice-President, Student Services. “Through a variety of hands-on challenges students are able to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom and to find out about various career paths that might interest them.”
Winners in each category of the skills competition go home with some wonderful prizes thanks to the support of community businesses and organizations. They are also eligible to test their skills at the next level at the provincial Skills Competition.
In addition, the winner of the automotive skills competition received a $2,000 Auto Technology scholarship, thanks to the Cambrian College Automotive Program Advisory Committee. The Committee, which is comprised of faculty and local business representatives, created the scholarship as a means of attract local youth to the College’s automotive program. The corporate sponsors of the Auto Technology scholarship include Cambrian Ford, Sudbury Hyundai and Sudbury Used Cars, PartSource, Laking Toyota, and Gregory K & Son Automotive.
Tom Whalen, a student from Espanola High School, was the winner of the automotive skills competition and was awarded the $2,000 scholarship, which he will receive if he enrolls in Cambrian’s automotive program upon graduating from high school.
“A big thank you goes to our corporate partners who made this scholarship possible,” said John Weiss, Coordinator of Cambrian College’s Motive Power Technician – Service and Management program. “Initiatives like these have a positive effect on our ability to attract students to the trades, and support our efforts to encourage our youth to stay and study in the North.”