DC students START preparing for Pan Am games

The Durham College (DC) School of Skilled Trades, Apprenticeship and Renewable Technology (START) is sending a team of students to help the Athletes’ Village across the finish line before competitors arrive for the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am games.

Twelve students from DC’s Construction Carpentry – Sustainable program will work as carpenters and carpentry assistants to build and maintain residences for more than 7,000 athletes who will participate in the international sporting event.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to gain hands-on experience and valuable knowledge in their field,” said Darrin Carron, dean, School of START. “After their summer work at the 2015 Pan Am Games, they will have an exceptional portfolio that will greatly support their job search following graduation.”

Repair teams will be broken into three eight hour shifts so workers are available to address any issues 24/7. Following the event, the residences will be gutted and transformed into high-end condos, so the opportunity provides students with valuable hands-on experience in the field.

“When the Zegas Group Ltd. approached DC looking for candidates to work with them as part of their Pan Am and Parapan Am Games team, it seemed a bit unattainable,” said Robyn Walter, Construction Carpentry student. “I was thrilled to be offered the opportunity, and am thankful to DC for providing me with the knowledge required to land such an excellent opportunity for the summer and perhaps the future.”

The 2015 Pan Am Games runs from July 10 to 26 followed by the Parapan Am Games from August 7 to 15.   The Region of Durham is hosting a number of the events that were spread across southern Ontario.