School of Transportation students rank high in skills competitions
Students in the School of Transportation learn the practical skills required for the job, and they easily transition into the workplace with a career soon after graduation. Some of them are enrolled in apprenticeship programs, with many employers keeping the student technicians upon graduation. High employment rates in graduating students in past years have been seen in transportation grads. The success of the school is not surprising as it saw a wave of skilled students in the past few years.
Skills Canada hosts the annual Ontario Technological Skills Competition. Centennial attended the 2013 event in May, leaving with two gold and five silver medals in the competition fields in aircraft technician, automotive service, auto painting, and truck and heavy-duty repair. One of the gold medalists, Jesse Proper, then student of the Aviation Technician – Aircraft Maintenance program, was qualified to enter the National Skills Canada competition in June. Proper continued to place as he achieved a bronze medal in the nationals.
Jesse wasn’t the first student to represent Centennial in the nationals. Then Aircraft Maintenance Technician student Ryan Gomes won gold in the 2010 provincial competition and repeated his success in the National Skills Canada competition in the same year. Since he placed first in the nationals, he represented Canada in the World Skills Competition in the Aircraft Maintenance category in 2011. He travelled to London, England and met his peers and industry professionals around the world. He made Centennial and Canada proud as he garnered third place, and earning top status for any Canadian student in any World Skills Competition.