Durham College (DC) continued its remarkable streak of outstanding results at the Ontario Technological Skills Competition (OTSC), winning four provincial medals, including one gold, one silver and two bronze, at the 2014 OTSC which was hosted by Skills Canada – Ontario from May 5 to 7 at RIM Park in Waterloo, Ont.
First-year Culinary Skills student Sarah Lavergne won the gold medal in the Culinary Arts category and will represent DC in the Cooking category at the 20th annual Skills Canada National Competition taking place from Wednesday, June 7 to Saturday, June 10 at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ont.
Joe Dunn a Welding – Level 2 apprentice program student was also awarded a silver medal in the Welding category. Claiming a bronze medal were third-year Computer Systems Technology student Brent Shanks in the IT Network Support Administration competition and Gas Technician student Michael Schafranek in the Heating System Technician division.
“On behalf of the college I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to each and every one of our students who competed and achieved these well-deserved honours,” said Judy Robinson, vice-president, Academic, Durham College. “Our talented faculty members should also be congratulated for teaching and guiding these students. Well done everyone and good luck to Sarah as she represents Durham College at Skills Canada next month.”
DC sent 15 students to compete in nine different categories to this year’s provincial event. The winners bring DC’s six-year totals to 23 OTSC awards and five Skills Canada medals including two national titles.
Skills Canada – Ontario is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of the skilled trades and technologies as viable, first-choice career options to Ontario youth. With the support of partners, it encourages young people to consider a career in the skilled trades and technologies through programs and initiatives such as in-school presentations, qualifying and provincial skills competitions.