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By Avi Patel

Toronto, Ontario -- August 26, 2013 -- Students, friends and family poured into the Ballroom at the Radisson Hotel East on Friday for the AYCE 2013 Pre-apprenticeship Graduation and Industry Recognition event. Doors were open by 6 p.m. and the Ballroom was filled in time for dinner, served at 7 p.m.

Following the dinner, Marc Tremblay of AYCE delivered Employer Award honours to Sherwin Williams which has donated close to $10,000 worth of important equipment for the program, and 427 Collision~CSN and Jean-Marc Julien of Carstar Brampton for their contributions to the program, as well as prior graduates Christopher Mombourquette and Carlos Juco. Each recipient of the AYCE honours delivered a heartfelt speech intended to encourage and embolden the 19 graduates, representing the next generation of collision repairers.

“Our doors will always be open, and I speak on behalf of my competitors here too,” said Julien. “Any time you want to talk or you want advice, call us.”

Following the AYCE honours, the graduates were called upon individually to receive their certificates and awards, with Jordan Wong elected Student of the Year by his peers and instructors. The eventful night ended with lengthy photo shoots with friends, family, Centennial College instructors Ahad Hoosein and Darryl Roberts, and Marc Tremblay, Program Coordinator at AYCE.

“The pre-apprenticeship program was 18 weeks in length. The first six weeks involved pre-employment work involving academic upgrading, taking different tours with MAACO and CSN and talking to guest speakers and previous graduates to get them prepared for their 12 weeks at Centennial College,” says Tremblay. “Their careers start on Mon. Aug. 26. My final message to them is to always be on time, don’t be afraid to ask questions and absorb everything you are shown.”

“80 per cent of our graduates have already been placed in shops in Toronto, Brampton, and even in Barrie. We try to keep students as close to their homes as possible.”

This year, the pre-apprenticeship program had a 100 per cent graduation rate.

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