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Durham College students win big

Two students won gold and silver at skills competition

Durham College students David Paisley and Brett Harrison won gold and silver medals at the 30th annual Skills Ontario Competition.

Paisley, who won gold, and Harrison, silver, won the medals in the Heating Systems Technician contest at the competition held in Toronto between May 6 and May 8.

Both students are studying in the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Techniques program at DC.

Paisley and Harrison earned their medals by demonstrating practical and theoretical skills in heating system fundamentals with special attention given to health and safety regulations.

The two students also demonstrated knowledge of controls, tools, and testers used in industry, and completed a job interview related to their technical career path.

Over the three-day event, more than 2,300 participants from across Ontario participated in more than 68 unique contest areas.
“We’re incredibly proud of our students’ achievements at this year’s Skills Ontario Competition,” said Dr. Rebecca Milburn, executive dean, School of Skilled Trades, Apprenticeship & Renewable Technology, and principal of the Whitby campus. “Competing at this level provides students with an opportunity to actualize all of the career-ready skills and knowledge they have developed in their classes. Their success is a testament to the impact of DC’s focus on experiential learning and the dedication of our students and faculty.”

As the gold-medal winner, Paisley will represent DC and Ontario in the 25th Skills Canada National Competition to be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on May 28 and May 29.

Skills Ontario is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of the skilled trades and technologies as viable, first-choice career options to Ontario youth through programs and initiatives such as provincial skills competitions.