March 17, 2016

Belleville, Ontario, March 17, 2016 — Loyalist College is pleased to announce that two second-year Welding and Fabrication Technician students have received a Canadian Welding Association (CWA) Foundation Post-Secondary School Award in the amount of $2,500. Recipients were selected based on academic excellence and/or their passion for the industry.

“With this award I can further my education and enhance my welding skills,” said Loyalist Welding and Fabrication Technician student Nicholas Paiva. “It will enable me to learn more about the trade.”

The CWA Foundation established this award program in 2014 with the intent of promoting and encouraging the pursuit of post-secondary education in welding.

“Winning this national award has been a great confidence builder,” said Loyalist Welding and Fabrication Technician student Nicholas Companion. “I love the program and my professors have been extremely supportive, which has been key to my academic success. I am honoured to have been chosen as a recipient of this award.”

“We’re very proud of our students who have been recognized by the Canadian Welding Association Foundation,” said Ann Drennan, Dean, Loyalist College School of Applied Sciences, Skills and Technology. “Through experiential learning in our Skills Centre, they have gained a strong theoretical and practical welding skill set that they can apply in manufacturing, construction, fabrication and industrial mechanics (millwright), among other industries.”  

Nicholas Companion and Nicholas Paiva are also W. Garfield Weston Foundation Fellows, part of a skilled trades Fellowship program that began as a pilot project at Loyalist College in 2013. Funded by The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, the Fellowship provides up to $4,000 plus a tuition credit in welding, electrical, manufacturing, automotive or construction renovation programs. Fellowship applications for the fall semester are available at Application deadline for Apprentices – July 31; Post-Secondary – August 22, 2016.  

About Loyalist College
When it comes to grads getting jobs, Loyalist College is the #1 College in Ontario. According to Provincial Key Performance Indicator (KPI) results released April 2015, 89.3 percent of the College’s most recent graduates found employment within six months of graduation compared to the provincial average of 84 percent. Located on more than 200 acres in the beautiful Bay of Quinte region, Loyalist College is a close-knit community where students and their success come first. Loyalist provides personalized attention in small classes, rewarding field placements and superior student services. To prepare students for in-demand careers, Loyalist offers more than 60 full-time programs; apprenticeships; and hundreds of online, distance and in-class courses, as well as opportunities for continuing education through more than 70 university transfer agreements. The College’s wide selection of advanced diplomas, diplomas and certificates aligns with market-driven disciplines including applied sciences, biosciences, building sciences, business and management studies, health sciences, human studies, justice studies, media, arts and design, and skills and technology. In Ontario, the College’s new Digital Media Centre and the LEED® Silver certified Sustainable Skills, Technology and Life Sciences Centre are training centres of choice for students, as well as College business and industry partners. The College is a key driver of the social and economic health and prosperity of the area and contributes 5.4 percent to the Gross Regional Product. This represents an overall effect on the regional economy of $530 million – based on a 2014 Report by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). For more information on the College’s Belleville and Bancroft campuses, visit


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