Sunday, 20 April 2014, 7:27 pm

Tech students can earn $10,000

From left: Vice-president of Student and External Relations Sean Kennedy and Dean of the Media and Technology Division Misheck Mwaba accept a $10,000 donation from OACETT’s David Tsang, chair of the Fletcher Foundation, and David Sloan, certified engineering technologist. PHOTO BY HELEN ARMSTRONGBy JESSE ROBITAILLE
Staff Writer
With a $10,000 gift this week, students of Niagara College’s School of Technology will be in the money.
Given by the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT), it will be used to create the OACETT Technology Scholarship, to be awarded annually to a student in one of the college’s technology programs.
Sean Kennedy, college vice-president of student and external relations, thanked OACETT for the financial contribution and said the college couldn’t support technology students without help from the industry.
“Financial scholarships and bursaries, like the one you’re supporting today, make a huge difference in the lives of students,” said Kennedy. “Niagara College does some amazing things, … but we can’t do what we do in terms of serving students and supporting students, developing tomorrows workforce, on
our own.”
He said industry partnerships like the one between Niagara College and OACETT are “key” in providing students the support they need.
“This exemplifies the best of an industry partnership, so thank you to OACETT, the Fletcher Foundation — thank you for your support, which is instrumental to our continued success.”
Adel Esayed, chair of the college’s School of Technology, said the gift means a lot to students.
“OACETT is one of our supporters, because our students, once they finish here, most of them apply to become OACETT members, and it helps them, gives them a broad opportunity to get a job outside,” said Esayed. “I think this donation is going to help the students and it’s going to help the School of Technology as well.”
David Tsang, applied science technologist, Niagara College alumni and current chair of the Carole and George Fletcher Foundation, said the endowment fund is the 23rd created as part of OACETT’s 25 for 25 Building Forward Campaign, supporting technology education by expanding the bursary program into all Ontario colleges.
“I would like to express our sincere appreciation to the college for support of this important initiative and say we look forward to being on hand when the first cheque is awarded to a Niagara student,” said Tsang.
The OACETT Technology Scholarship will join a list of scholarships and bursaries for technology students, including the Carole and George Fletcher Foundation bursary.
The Fletcher Foundation bursary program, managed by OACETT, provides financial assistance to Ontario’s technology students. Since awarding its first bursary in 1987, it has recognized 326 students for excellence.
“[This plaque is for] the Carole and George Fletcher Foundation scholarship,” said Gilles Laroche, co-ordinator of the Civil Engineering program here. “It’s based on the highest grade point average of all technology programs — so electrical, mechanical, construction, civil, photonics, renewable energies, all the technology based programs — so students are in competition. The student who wins this particular award is the absolute highest-rated student in all the technology programs at the college, so it’s a very prestigious award to win.

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