TORONTO, Feb. 17, 2012 /CNW/ - Two automotive technician students from
Central Technical School in downtown Toronto beat out 19 other
Toronto-area high school teams to win a high-octane skills competition
at the Canadian International AutoShow on Feb. 16.
Jonathan Goldhar and Peter Romeo performed a number of timed technical
tasks and worked on a 2012 Volkswagen Jetta that had been rigged with a
no-start condition by automotive instructors from Centennial College.
The Scarborough-based college operates Canada's largest transportation
technology training centre.
By finishing first, the pair will be representing Canada at the National
Automotive Technology Competition in New York City in April. In
addition to the all-expenses-paid trip, Goldhar and Romeo collected a
trophy and equipment from sponsors.
North York's Emery Collegiate Institute finished second, thanks to the
efforts of students Shariq Saiyed and Omar Shariff, while Mario Farisco
and Frank Searles from Markham's Brother Andre Catholic High School
earned third place.
In addition, Brother Andre teacher Jason Rehel received the first annual
Gerd Riesnecker Memorial Teacher of the Year Award, named for a former
Centennial professor and TADA member.
All three schools are winners, too. Their automotive shops will receive
complete engines donated by General Motors Canada and Subaru Canada,
which will be used for technical training.
Canadian students have been a formidable force in New York: A team from
Central Technical School beat all of the U.S. teams and collected
prizes worth $250,000 in 2008. A Northview Heights Secondary School
team placed second in 2009.
The 13th annual Toronto Automotive Technology Competition enjoys outstanding
support from the industry. Sponsors include: TADA, the Canadian
International AutoShow, Volkswagen Canada, General Motors Canada,
Snap-On/Sun Tools, Subaru Canada, Consulab, Canadian Tire, Toromont,
Nelson Education, Pearson Education, TecMate, CSL Canada Inc., Toronto
District School Board, Toronto Catholic District School Board and
SOURCE Centennial College
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Media contact: Mark Toljagic, Communications Officer, Centennial College, 416-289-5000, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org