Claudia Deme

A look at our vocational Olympians – In the spotlight, Ethan Dubeau

Every so often, I walk away from a conversation thinking how happy the interaction made me feel. My interview with Ethan Dubeau and Luc Paquette was just such an occasion.  Ethan recently competed at the Quebec Vocational Olympiad on behalf of Team Outaouais in the Residential and Commercial Drafting category, and I was anxious to hear about his experience. Ethan began his studies at the Western Quebec Career Centre in Gatineau in January of 2017.  It was his teacher there,…

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Olympiades québécoises des métiers et des technologies

The 15th edition of the Olympiades québécoises des métiers et des technologies took place from Thursday, May 3 to Friday, May 4, 2018 at Place Bonaventure in Montreal.  PROCEDE welcomed thousands of  excited visitors at its booth.  We are so proud of all the competitors from our member boards – well done to everyone!! For complete details on the competition, and all the event winners, please visit the Compétences Québec website. Region Centre School Board Competitor Discipline Results of 2018 Competition Region 7 Outaouais Western Quebec Career Centre…

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Metallurgical Technology Centre of Expertise Visit

Tuesday, January 30, 2018: Claudia, high-heels are not appropriate for the welding floor. Oops. I had the great pleasure of being shown around the welding shop at the Nova Career Centre by teachers Brian Burton and Wei Jun Shang.  Students in the Welding and Fitting program learn how to weld using MIG and TIG and are prepared to pass the practical welding certification examination conducted by the Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB).  While I was there, students were busily welding in…

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Health Services Centre of Expertise Visit

Tuesday, January 30, 2018: As everyone knows, healthcare providers are the backbone of any society. People turn to them in times when they are most vulnerable. So imagine how in awe I was to be visiting the Health Care Centre of Expertise, housed at the Pearson Adult and Career Centre. I was shown around by teachers Linda Norris and Gina Colucci.  I was very impressed by the size of the installations there, as well as with the simulation mannequins which…

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Maintenance Mechanics Centre of Expertise Visit

Monday, January 29, 2018: So many machines! Visiting the Eastern Townships is always a pleasure, especially when it’s to see the Maintenance Mechanics Centre of Expertise at the Campus Brome-Mississquoi centre.  I was shown around the centre by teacher Ghislain Gravel, who explained all the skills which the students learn while in the program.  We were surrounded by hundreds of machines which students learn to not only maintain, but also how to install.  Some of the machines on the shop floor…

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Communications/Documentation Centre of Expertise Visit

On Friday, January 26, 2018, I was invited to visit the Communications/Document Centre of Expertise which is housed at the Rosemount Technology Centre.  The Centre is made up of the Digital Layout & Printing and Computer Graphics programs. I was shown around the massive printing studios by teacher Tony Leone.  Here I saw more varieties of large-scale printers than I ever thought imaginable.  The machines at the Centre allow students to create, from idea to inception, various print items from posters, banners…

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Food Services Centre of Expertise Visit

Thursday, January 25, 2018:  The way to a (hu)man’s heart is through their stomach.  Too right! I was very excited to be visiting the Food Services CEN not only because of the meal I knew I would be enjoying, but because, as everyone knows, there is something very familiar and comforting about being in a kitchen.  Well, these were not your grandma’s kitchen let me tell you.  I was shown around the Centre, which is housed at the Pearson Adult and…

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Beauty Care Centre of Expertise Visit

On Wednesday, January 24, 2018, it was with so much excitement that I  visited the Beauty Care Centre of Expertise.  This Centre includes Hairdressing and Aesthetics and is housed at the Laurier MacDonald Vocational Centre. My hosts for the visits were Elizabeth Cacchione, Amanda Lepore and Sabrina Bergamin.  The three teachers graciously showed me around their centre and were even kind enough to give me a sneak peek at the new Aesthetics classroom, which hasn’t even been used by students…

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Computer Technology and Tourism (Hotel Reception) Centres of Expertise Visit

On Monday, January 22, 2018, I had the great pleasure of visiting the Pont-Viau Competency Development Centre, which is home to the Computer Technology and Tourism Centres of Expertise.  I began the day by meeting with Maan Abou Hatab who has been teaching in the Computing Support program at the Centre for 15 years.  Maan described the work that the students undertake while in the program which includes learning the intricacies of computer components and even includes touching upon networking trouble-shooting.…

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