Cambrian College students have earned three gold medals and special recognition at the Ontario Technological Skills Competition (OTSC).
The competition is the largest of its kind in Canada, with more than 2,000 post-secondary competitors in 67 categories. Cambrian students delivered exceptional results, earning gold medals in three categories.
The gold medal winners, and their respective categories, are: Eric Boudreau: Heavy Duty Equipment Service, Bailey Bowman: Heating Systems Technician and Benoit Lambert: IT Network Systems Administration.
Boudreau and Lambert will advance to the Skills/Compétences Canada 2016 National Competition in Moncton, which takes place June 5 to June 8.
The national competition does not include events in Bowman’s category, but with his gold medal, he was offered an apprenticeship with Hy-Mark Canada. Lambert was also recognized as a Top Competitor in the Technology Sector.
“Every effort and every win at the Ontario Technological Skills Competition means a lot to the students, and to Cambrian, because success doesn’t happen overnight,” said Cambrian College president Bill Best, in a press release.
“These results are possible because of strong programs and faculty coaches, hours of preparation, and hundreds of micro-decisions made by our students both in training and in competition.
“Our student competitors and thousands of students at Cambrian challenge themselves every day to be the best they can be. And when they graduate, they will move on to valued and meaningful careers that play a vital role in building strong and vibrant communities.”
In the past six years, Cambrian College students have earned 29 medals at provincial and national skills competitions. In 2016, Cambrian was the only northeastern Ontario college whose students earned OTSC medals, reinforcing the college’s winning tradition.
This year, Cambrian sent its largest contingent of competitors -- 19 students from a range of programs.