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SLC Civil Engineering students win big at provincial challenge


Two teams of Civil Engineering Technology students from St. Lawrence College (SLC) took first and second place at the National Engineering Month Ontario College Student Challenge held by the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT). The first place team won $2,500 and one year OACETT Associate Memberships.

Students were challenged to host an event that promoted the theme: “There’s a place for you in engineering and technology!” First place winning students are Lianna Grice and Cally Barrett, both second-year students in Civil Engineering Technology, and second place winners are Mark Ellis-Smith, Mackenzie Charles, Michael Dias, Elizabeth Doran, and Jason Emery.

According to Lianna and Cally, the NEM College Challenge provided a unique opportunity to network, develop event management skills, and many new friendships. 

“We really enjoyed helping our peers connect with industry professionals and hopefully gain insight into what they would like to do after graduation,” Lianna said. “I plan to look for employment in the Environmental Engineering industry, hopefully in a different province. The ability to travel and continue to develop my career is a great benefit of having an OACETT membership.”

“After graduation I plan to work for a consulting firm within the civil engineering field in the Kingston area. I also hope to be involved with the Kingston OACETT chapter to continue with my professional development,” Cally said. 

This year’s NEM challenge featured 17 student teams from 10 different colleges. Events were scored on effectiveness of messaging, integration of NEM theme, visual elements, and participant engagement; rankings were determined by the NEM Ontario Steering Committee.


About St. Lawrence College

With three friendly campuses in Brockville, Cornwall, and Kingston, St. Lawrence College is an integral part of the economic life and social fabric of Eastern Ontario with a close-knit community of 10,000 full-time students, and more than 88,000 proud alumni. Hundreds are also enrolled in our online and continuing education courses each year. As part of our ongoing sustainability initiatives, the College boasts more than 1,600 rooftop solar modules on our Kingston and Brockville campuses, the largest solar rooftop installation of any post-secondary institution in Canada. The college has many Applied Research projects in progress, as well, our Corporate Learning and Performance Improvement group has helped more than 350 organizations grow and prosper. Through our Employment Service offices, we work with thousands of clients annually.

For information:

Laura Tulchinsky 
St. Lawrence College, Communications 
613-544-5400, ext. 1291