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Canadore’s Cumming comes up with gold at skills competition

Waterloo, Ont. - Canadore College student Colin Cumming brought home the gold medal from the Ontario Technological Skills Competition (OTSC) last week.


May 11, 2015
By Canadore College

Cumming, a graduating student from the Aviation Technician – Aircraft Maintenance program, was awarded first place in the postsecondary Aircraft Maintenance competition after competing against students from other colleges across Ontario.
 
“I took this competition very seriously,” said Cumming. “I was chosen to represent my college and the quality of our programs. I chose this field because I want to be in an ever-changing environment that challenges me, and the Skills event did that perfectly. It was a fun way to put the knowledge I’ve learned over the past two years to the test.”

Held at the RIM Centre in Waterloo, Ont., the provincial skills competition attracted nearly 2,000 competitors and 30,000 spectators from across the province. There were over 67 contests in which elementary, secondary and postsecondary level students tested their skills and abilities against industry standards.

Cumming, who is originally from Metcalfe, Ont., has been invited to join Team Ontario at the Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) in Saskatoon, Sask. from May 27-30.
 
Although he is due to graduate from Canadore later this month, Cumming said he chose to represent Team Ontario at the SCNC instead of crossing the stage.
 
“Unfortunately, the two events happen at the same time, but I can’t pass up this chance,” said Cumming. “I can’t imagine missing the opportunity to compete against the best in Canada. My professors have been a huge support to me, and have given me the confidence to do my best in Saskatoon. I’m excited.”
 
In the last four years, Canadore College students have brought home two gold medals and a silver from the OTSC in the postsecondary Aircraft Maintenance category, as well as a first-place at the national competition in 2011.
 
These contests allow participants to showcase their skills, talent and knowledge while providing many networking opportunities with partners from industry, labour, government and education.