SUDBURY – Cambrian College impressed the judges and the spectators at last week’s national skills competition, earning a gold and a silver medal. Josh Marshall, a 2014 graduate of the Computer Systems Technology program, took home the gold for his work in IT Network Systems Administration. Jeff Cloutier, who graduated in May from the Welding and Fabrication Technician program, earned a silver medal.
“I’m proud of myself for my win. It’s a great feeling when you devote hours of your time studying and having all that work pay off with a podium finish,” Marshall said Monday. “The competition was a little intimidating at first. There are many competitors, plus thousands of spectators visiting the site. It was unlike any other assessment I took, because I was tasked with completing a variety of challenges in a large arena with the background noise of hundreds of people walking by.”
Robbie Duncan, Professor and Coordinator of the Welding program, noted Cloutier’s second-place finish was well-deserved.
“Jeff spent a number of Saturdays and Sundays practicing, as well as much of his free time when he didn’t have classes or preparation for other classes,” he said. “Jeff worked at NorArc last summer and was given a number of opportunities to learn new procedures, and he spent all of his time welding.”
Cambrian sent two students to the national skills competition, which was held in Toronto June 4-7.
About the national skills competition:
Established in 1994, the Skills Canada National Competition remains the only event of its kind in Canada. It is the only national, Olympic-style, multi-trade and technology competition for young students and apprentices in the country. Every year, the event brings together approximately 500 young people from across Canada to compete in more than 40 trade and technology areas.
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