Central Tech and Marc Garneau students big winners in AutoShow skills competition



    TORONTO, Feb. 14 /CNW/ - Two student teams from Central Technical School
and a team from Marc Garneau Collegiate beat out eight other Toronto high
schools to win, place and show in a unique skills competition that tested
automotive students' technical knowledge.
    Janos Mann and Julien Predas performed a number of timed technical tasks
as well as attempted to start a 2008 Volkswagen GTI that had been rigged with
a no-start condition by automotive instructors from Centennial College. By
finishing first, the pair will be representing Canada at the National
Automotive Technology Competition in New York City next month.
    In addition to the all-expenses-paid trip, Mann and Predas collected a
trophy and equipment from sponsors. Central Tech was also represented by Brian
DaPonte and Nick Imineo, who finished second. The school is a big winner too:
their auto tech class will take delivery of a 2008 GMC Sierra 4X4 pickup
truck, which will be used for technical training.
    Marc Garneau Collegiate in East York finished third, thanks to the
efforts of students Nirmal Sahota and Haseeb Rafiqzad. Their school will
receive a brand-new Chevrolet Impala LTZ for training purposes. General Motors
of Canada donated both vehicles as prizes.
    This was the ninth year for the contest, organized by Centennial College,
which promotes automotive technology as a rewarding career path. The event
took place at the Canadian International AutoShow on Thursday, Feb. 14.
    Sponsors of the event included: TADA, the Canadian International
AutoShow, General Motors Canada, Volkswagen Canada, Snap-On/Sun Tools,
Consulab, Canadian Tire, Ryder Truck, Thomson Nelson, CDX Global and
Centennial College.





For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Mark Toljagic, Communications
Officer, Centennial College, (416) 289-5000, ext. 7142,
mtoljagic@centennialcollege.ca


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