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MONTREAL, JUNE 1, 2004— Rosemount Technology Centre (RTC) cabinetmaking student Vitalli Cerencov has returned from the Canadian Skills Olympics in Winnipeg with a bronze medal, marking the first time someone from the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) has reached such a plateau. He will be honoured, along with other vocational student winners from the provincial level, at a Montreal City Hall ceremony on Wed. June 2 (5 p.m.) and sign the golden book in the presence of Mayor Gérald Tremblay.

Mr. Cerencov, 33, won the award in the post-secondary category and competed against cabinetmakers from Red River College in Winnipeg, the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton, the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Calgary and Cabinetmakers from Colleges in British Columbia.

"Vitalli is to be commended for his outstanding performance, ability to concentrate and the speed with which he completed the project," says RTC Director Marzia Michielli. "This award is all the more meaningful since he juggles full-time studies, a heavy work schedule and a young family. Vitalli is an exceptional student."

Mr. Cerencov, who will graduate next October, came to Montreal in 2002 , when there was no longer work, in his field, in his native Moldovia. He was studying radio engineering at the University of Moldavia.

"A win at this level, also spotlights the efforts and abilities of the teachers in the centre," says Ms. Michielli. "This puts the centre and RTC’s Cabinetmaking Department on the national map."

Red River College, Northern Alberta and Southern Alberta Institute have 32,000, 42,500 and 65,000 full and part-time students respectively. RTC’s numbers stand at 1,100, making this accomplishment even more impressive.

Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
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