St. Clair students brought their “A Game” to the 2017 Skills Ontario competition in Toronto in early May, earning ten medals in eight competition categories.
That collective triumph led to the school winning the event’s “College of Distinction Award” for the third time in five years. It recognizes the college’s commitment to the skills initiative, and its significant investments in the skilled trades and technologies.
“It is a proud moment for St. Clair College as we celebrate the dedication and hard work of our faculty and students who have an opportunity to compete provincially and demonstrate their expertise in their chosen field,” said college President Patti France. “St. Clair has a long history of excellence at this level of competition, and it is a celebrated achievement by both staff and our students.”
“The college has made a significant commitment to trades and technology through innovation, work integrated learning, and financial aid to students who compete in skills competitions,” added Vice-President of Academics Waseem Habash. “Competitions of this nature are yet another way to provide our students with the opportunity to not only learn in the classroom but learn new skills in a competitive environment.”
The provincial medal winners and their categories were:
Gold: Catherine Chauvin, Baking; Meg Wilkinson, Graphic Design; Elizabeth Macovei, IT Solutions; Cornelius Froese, Web Development
Silver: Sonyta Yik, Baking; Jocolyn Norton-Kemeny, Restaurant Services; Kelly Ann Rondeau, IT Solutions; Gareth Mayville, Mechanical CADD;
Bronze: Keisha Foldesi, Graphic Design; Mohammed Chams, IT Network.
Students who won gold medals advanced to the Skills Canada National competition in Winnipeg in June …
… Where Elizabeth Macovei added to her provincial gold with a national silver medal in IT Solutions.
Cornelius Froese has a lot of hardware to show for his time at St. Clair College. As a student in the Web Development program, he had the opportunity to showcase his talents at Skills Ontario, starting in 2015. That year, he was entered in the Web Development competition to replace a student who could not attend. Even though he was in the first year of the program, he won a bronze medal. The next year, he competed again, and won silver. This year, in his graduating year, he completed his set with a gold.