Niagara College celebrates winning week at Skills Canada

Niagara College is celebrating a winning week at Skills Canada’s provincial and national Canadian Skills Competitions (CSC), which took place last week in Waterloo.

Niagara College apprentice Adam Verdromin (Automotive Service) and student Kevin Piunno (Web Development) took home Silver medals during the national competition.

Verdromin and Piunno advanced to the national competition after winning gold in the provincial competition, where six Niagara College students and apprentices won medals. Joining Verdromin and Piunno on the podium at the provincial competition were: Julia Flavo (Hairstyling – Gold medal); Ruth Bleijerveld (Baking – Silver medal); Courtney Camagna (Hairstyling – Silver medal); and Adam Mousley (Web Development – Silver medal).

The College itself was a winner at the provincial, taking home the prize for top booth – a first for Niagara College. The interactive display was run by more than 20 faculty, staff and students from a variety of program areas. Several faculty members represented Niagara College at the national level as judges at the CSC.

“This is a great result for Niagara College and speaks to the quality of our faculty and our programs,” said Niagara College President Dan Patterson. “There is a great need for well-educated workers in skilled trades, and these results show that Niagara College is preparing students to hit the ground running in these high-demand areas.”

Niagara College was also well represented at the provincial competition by Paul Disher (Automotive), Adam Jacob (Automotive), Jordan Walsh (Baking), Taylor Auld (Baking), Jeff Cowan (Carpentry), Mariana Vasquez (Culinary), Tim Cox (Culinary), Werner Reinbrecht (Culinary), Jeff Anderson (Mechanical CAD), Johnathan Pinchbeck (Mechanical CAD) and Isaiah Dressel (Welding).

CSC represents Canada’s largest display of trade and technology talent, as over 500 secondary, post-secondary and apprenticeship students throughout Canada compete in over 40 trade and technology contests to be named the best in their chosen discipline. The Olympic-style competition gives young Canadians studying a skilled trade or technology an opportunity to be tested against national standards and their peers from across the country.

Skills Canada is a national, not-for-profit organization that actively promotes careers in skilled trades and technologies to Canadian youth. Since 1989, Skills Canada has evolved into a pan-Canadian organization, offering skilled trades and technology competitions at the regional, provincial/territorial, national and international levels, as well as other awareness programs for thousands of young Canadians. For more information, visit

Niagara College is one of Ontario’s 24 publicly-funded Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology. With 8,000 full-time students, Niagara College offers more than 90 diploma, baccalaureate degrees and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Falls and St. Catharines. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, applied health and community safety, and the College is home to the globally-recognized Niagara Culinary Institute and Niagara College Teaching Winery. In 2008, Niagara College launched an unprecedented $90 million campus redevelopment project, which is scheduled for completion in 2011. For more information, visit


For more information, contact:

Gordon Hunchak
Director, Marketing & Communications
Niagara College
905-735-2211, ext. 7567
905-650-7820 (cell)

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