Graduates, campus honoured for community outreach and overcoming adversity

Graduates, campus honoured for community outreach and overcoming adversity

BRANTFORD, August 12, 2020 – Career Colleges Ontario is proud to announce the recipients of its annual CCO Awards recognizing excellence among the province’s career colleges, their instructors and graduates. The awards recipients were first honoured during an online awards ceremony on August 5, which saw the gathering of colleges across the province to celebrate the stories all-too-often confined to the halls of Ontario’s career college campuses. 

Career Colleges Ontario presents the awards to graduates who have made exceptional strides in their lives and careers in the face of adversity. The awards provide a platform and recognition for the outstanding achievements of graduates and the hurdles they have overcome. The awards also recognize the hard-working instructors who helped these students on their journey to achieve their education and career goals. 

“It is a privilege for our organization to be able to share the sector’s stories and celebrate the ways in which career colleges achieve success and give back to their communities,” said Christopher Conway, CEO of Career Colleges Ontario. 

The Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, Monte McNaughton, presented the 2020 Paul Kitchin Award for Outstanding Community Involvement. Minister McNaughton is a graduate of Westervelt College.

Each year, the Paul Kitchin Award is presented to an Ontario career college that has exhibits, through community involvement, exceptional service in the enhancement of the prosperity of Ontarians. For a campus to receive the Paul Kitchin Award, a partnering charity or non-profit must nominate the campus, and a panel of judges assess the overall impact the campus’ contributions have on its community.


Paul Kitchin Award for Outstanding Community Involvement

triOS College, Windsor Campus

Excellence in Teaching Award

John-Paul Felix Rodrigues, triOS College

Outstanding Graduate Awards

Applied Arts

Ma Kristina Subido, Trebas Institute


Tomasz Balita, triOS College

Human Services

Jeff Bogaerts, Algonquin Careers Academy

Health Services

Xiao Fang Liang, Protégé School

Information Technology

Manoj Kamath, triOS College


Jesse Schwartz, triOS College

Ontario’s career colleges have played an essential role in post-secondary education and career training in Ontario for over 150 years. They produce approximately 35,000 graduates each year who go on to accomplish great things in their careers and their communities. The CCO Awards is a celebration of career college institutions, graduates and instructors who have exhibited outstanding community engagement and career success.

About Career Colleges Ontario

Career Colleges Ontario (CCO) is a not-for-profit association that was established in 1973 to advocate on behalf of career colleges in the province of Ontario. The association’s purpose is to help governments, key decision-makers and the public understand the critical role its members and their students play in supporting Ontario’s post-secondary education system and improving the province’s economic well-being. CCO member colleges contribute to Ontario’s economy by providing highly qualified graduates in hundreds of essential, skilled fields such as Applied Arts, Business, Healthcare, Human Services, Information Technology, Services and Trades.

Media Contact:

Dyson Wells

Marketing and Communications Officer

Career Colleges Ontario

519-752-2124 ext. 115



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