May 18, 2018

Belleville, Ontario, May 18, 2018 – Loyalist College is proud to announce that Manufacturing Engineering Technician students were awarded Gold and Silver medals at the Skills Ontario Competition held in Toronto, May 7 – 9.

Rebecca Sweet received Gold in the Computer Aided Manufacturing category and Maxwell Graham was awarded Silver in Mechanical CADD.

“Our community is proud of Rebecca, Maxwell and every Loyalist student who competed,” said Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan, Loyalist College President & CEO. “We know how important this Competition is to them. It’s their time to shine and showcase the range of skills they have acquired during their studies at Loyalist. They work hard to perfect their craft and their efforts are a testament to their relentless passion for their field.”

The Skills Ontario Competition is the largest skilled trade and technology competition in Canada and provides a unique opportunity for students to exhibit their knowledge in front of peers and prospective employers. 

Rebecca Sweet is part of Loyalist’s Weston Family Scholarship program in the skilled trades. The program offers tuition and bursary incentives, as well as academic and professional support, to encourage students to train for and succeed in skilled trades careers. What began as a pilot project in 2013 with just 15 students and apprentices has since grown with support for more than 150 students entering skilled trades programs. During the course of their studies, recipients who maintain a specified minimum average may receive up to $4,000 in bursaries from The W. Garfield Weston Foundation and a tuition credit from the College. In addition, the Foundation has provided funding to support outreach activities, including professional development events for teachers, to increase awareness of the opportunities in skilled trades. 

Loyalist College Manufacturing Engineering Technician student Rebecca Sweet received Gold in the Computer Aided Manufacturing category at the Skills Ontario Competition held in Toronto, May 7 – 9.

About Skills Ontario
We are leaders in preparing Ontario’s youth for the highly-skilled economy of tomorrow. We partner with school boards, colleges, small business, large companies, labour groups, and governments to provide opportunities for youth to explore and develop skills for successful careers in the skilled trades and technologies. With 28 years of experience, Skills Ontario is a province-wide charitable non-profit with a grassroots connection into the many communities we serve. Our programs represent a long-term investment in the lives of all Ontarians. 

About Loyalist College
Located on more than 200 acres in the beautiful Bay of Quinte region, Loyalist College is a close-knit community where students and their success come first. Loyalist provides personalized attention in small classes, rewarding field placements and superior student services. To prepare students for in-demand careers, Loyalist offers more than 65 full-time programs; apprenticeships; and hundreds of online, distance and in-class courses, as well as opportunities for continuing education through more than 70 university transfer agreements. The College’s wide selection of advanced diplomas, diplomas and certificates aligns with market-driven disciplines including applied sciences, biosciences, building sciences, business and management studies, health sciences, human studies, justice studies, media, arts and design, and skills and technology. In Ontario, the College’s new Digital Media Centre and The Bay of Quinte Skills Centre, which is LEED® Silver certified, are training centres of choice for students, as well as College business and industry partners. The College is a key driver of the social and economic health and prosperity of the area and contributes 5.4 percent to the Gross Regional Product. This represents an overall effect on the regional economy of $530 million annually – based on a 2014 Report by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). For more information on the College’s Belleville and Bancroft campuses and Port Hope satellite location, visit

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