SASKATOON — On Saturday, May 30, Cambrian College’s Jawala Birdi took his place on the national podium at the 21st Skills Canada National Competition, earning a bronze medal in IT Network Systems Administration.
“Over two days of competition, I worked through some tough challenges,” Birdi said, adding: “I have to thank my professors because I was very well-prepared, and I’m pleased to bring home bronze.”
Birdi was part of a contingent of three Cambrian competitors who each earned gold medals at the Ontario Technological Skills Competition (OTSC), allowing them to advance to the national competition in Saskatoon.
Fellow Cambrian competitors Dominic Savoie, in Heavy Equipment Service, and Carson Scarr, in Automation and Control, also performed well in Saskatoon, thanks to support from their respective faculty mentors.
“Cambrian is extremely proud of all of our competitors and faculty members who put forth a tremendous effort to represent our College and our province,” said Cambrian President Bill Best. “Participating in these competitions pushes students to develop their skills to the highest levels, with support from expert faculty, who go above and beyond to prepare students for these prestigious events.”
For Birdi, an unexpected perk of attending the 2015 Skills competitions was touring Saskatoon. “I really enjoyed seeing the city,” he said. “My professor and I rented bicycles, which I never thought he’d go for,” laughed Birdi. “But, biking along the Saskatchewan River was awesome.”
The national competition is an Olympic-style event organized by Skills Canada that brings together hundreds of top students to compete in more than 40 trade and technology disciplines. Judges from industry score the competitors on a number of timed tasks covering the scope of their respective fields.
Earlier in May, Cambrian sent 10 students to OTSC in Waterloo. Each one of them performed admirably, and five earned medals:
- Gold – Dominic Savoie, Heavy Equipment Service
- Gold – Jawala Birdi, IT Network Systems Administration
- Gold – Carson Scarr, Automation and Control
- Silver – Jordan Chartier, Heating and Ventilation
- Bronze – Ben Lambert, IT Network Systems Administration
The College is pleased to thank Schneider Electric for its generous and continuing support of our competitors.
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