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7th Annual Trades & Apprenticeship Awards Presentation and Barbeque

More than 150 industry and donor-sponsored awards, valued at $144,000, were presented to students at Conestoga’s seventh annual Trades & Apprenticeship Awards Presentation held May 25 at the Waterloo campus. The presentation, which recognized outstanding student achievements in a variety of skilled trades areas, including motive power, construction and industrial, is believed to be largest trades and apprenticeship awards ceremony in Canada. It was attended by students, family members, faculty, donors and industry partners. 

Bryan Baeumler, the Gemini-award winning host of Disaster DIY, Canada’s Handyman Challenge, Leave it to Bryan and House of Bryan, and founder of Baeumler Quality Construction, delivered the keynote address.

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Bricklayer 500 Ontario Regional Championship

Conestoga's Waterloo campus hosted the Ontario regional Bricklayer 500 competition on October 5 where the province's best stone masons competed for a chance to participate in the world championship. The Bricklayer 500 was established by SPEC MIX, Inc. in 2003 to showcase the skill and craftsmanship of professional masons. Winners from regional competitions held at 22 locations throughout Canada and U.S. advance to the World Championship in Las Vegas on January 18, 2017.

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League of Champions Safety Presentation to Construction Students

At a League of Champions event held at the Waterloo campus on October 3, students in Conestoga’s Construction trades programs pledged to help make Canada a safe workplace. Students signed the Jersey of Courage to support the League of Champions and pledge their commitment to making workplace safety a priority in Canada. The event was presented in partnership with the Grand Valley Construction Association and featured guest speaker Rob Ellis who shared the story of his 18 year-old son David. David died in 1999 following a workplace accident; he was pulled into the blades of an industrial mixer on his second day of work, having received only minimal training on the equipment.

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A Rare Partnership

The best partnerships unite the strengths of all the partners and build upon them in a way that achieves a common, mutually beneficial goal. That’s what happened when rare Charitable Research Reserve partnered earlier this year with the Ontario Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (OSSGA), Conestoga College and others. The aim was to expand and enhance its rare ECO Centre in Cambridge, Ontario, and thanks to the joint effort, this goal was reached. The rare lands are now more accessible to a much larger group of people in the community.

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New MAESD PLAR Process

The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) has a new process for prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) reviews. Previously, graduates from Conestoga’s trade-related diploma and certificate programs were required to write exams or apply for a special review of their academic history if they wanted to be exempt from having to take any of the in-school apprenticeship training. Now, graduates from specified programs may automatically be exempted from some or all of the formal instruction requirements of the apprenticeship program for the relevant trade. Conestoga College currently has 18 of our programs on the MAESD PLAR list, with an application being submitted shortly for more programs to be added in the new year.

Mandatory Exam Preparation Courses

The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) has determined that those apprentices who completed an exam preparation course prior to writing their CofQ exam had a 13% higher success rate than those who did not take the prep course. Therefore, they have made exam prep courses mandatory for block release apprentices in 11 trades where, historically, pass rates are lower on the CofQ exam. As a result the following apprenticeship programs offered at Conestoga College will be mandated to include the exam prep: 

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Jill of All Trades

More than 200 young women in grades nine through 12 participated in Conestoga’s third annual Jill of All Trades, held at the Cambridge campus on June 1. Funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and presented in conjunction with the School College Work Initiative - Grand Connections regional planning team, the event offered a full day of hands-on workshops led by female mentors. The workshops - eleven in total that ranged from carpentry to welding and electrical - allowed the young women develop a better understanding of the potential of skilled trades careers. The students were drawn from 10 regional school boards.

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2016 Governor General’s Academic Medal

Congratulations to Thomas Reimer of Waterloo who was presented with the 2016 Governor General’s Academic Medal for the graduating student with the highest academic average for all courses in a diploma program. Reimer earned straight A+ grades in every course throughout two years of study in the Renovation Technician program, graduating in Spring 2016 with a final average of 97 per cent. He is now working full-time with Menno S. Martin.

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New Name for MTCU

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) now has a new name, the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD)


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