From left: Shaun Scott, Skills Ontario, Dan Ferko, Sirco/Haas Factory Outlet and Gail Smyth, Skills Ontario with the $50,000 cheque from Haas AutomationClick image to enlargeHaas Automation, a long time supporter of the Skills Competitions in Canada, donated $50,000 to the Ontario Technological Skills organization to support ongoing training for skilled trades. The donation came through the Gene Haas Foundation, which supports skills training in North America.

Zane Wiens from George Brown College at the CNC Machining competitionClick image to enlargeDan Ferko, president of Sirco Machinery, the Haas Factory Outlet for Eastern Canada, presented the cheque to the Skills Ontario's Gail Smyth, executive director, and Shaun Scott, Chairman of the Board, during the Ontario Skills Competition held at R.I.M. Park in Waterloo, ON.Jonathan Adair of Georgian College competing at the CNC Machining competitionClick image to enlarge

The Ontario Technological Skills Competition runs May 4-6 and includes competitions for a variety of trades, including precision machining, CNC machining and welding.Welding competition at Ontario Skills CompetitionClick image to enlarge

Louis R. Dropka, a professor in the School of Technology Trades & Apprenticeship at Conestoga College, Kitchener, ON, was at the event overseeing the CNC machining competition. He says eight students from different technical colleges in Ontario were participating in this year's competition.A welding competitor at the Ontario Skills CompetitionClick image to enlarge

"This is a non-compete year for Skills Ontario Competition because of the WorldSkills event in Brazil in August. We'll have a national competition in 2016 in which students we'll be able to compete to advance to the next WorldSkills."

The CNC Machining competition area at Ontario Skills CompetitionClick image to enlarge

He says industry support for the Skills Competition is important.

"Haas has been a great partner. They've been fantastic with their support for the competition."

Other industry supporters include Sandvik Coromant, Miller Electric, Mitutoyo, In-House Solutions and Praxair.

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