Smart Education in Canada : Sheridan co-op students win national and provincial recognition

BRAMPTON— Two Sheridan College students have been recognized as outstanding co-op students by the Canadian Association for Co-op Education (CAFCE) and its provincial counterpart, Education at Work Ontario (EWO).

Ricardo Chavez, a student in the Software Development and Network Engineering program, received a Honourable Mention from CAFCE. Ali Zaheer, a student in Business Administration – Finance, was selected as Co-op Student of the Year by EWO. The CAFCE and EWO awards are presented annually to one college and one university student who demonstrate exceptional job achievement, high academic performance, outstanding community service, and a strong contribution to co-operative education.

Chavez, originally from Brazil, earned a law degree before deciding to come to Canada and enrol at Sheridan to pursue his passion for computers and technology.

On his summer co-op term he worked with Translucent Computing and helped in developing a new storybook app for children.

He also worked with Sheridan’s Undergraduate Research department, and assisted in the development of a special crawler that could appear on a television to easily allow older adults to view content shared by their family members over social media.

During his co-op term, Zaheer worked supporting students as part of Sheridan’s Financial Aid office team.

His performance has led to significant improvements in the levels of customer service, according to the school.

He also took on an initiative, with a fellow student, to establish the Sheridan Finance Association, an on-campus club dedicated to helping students achieve career success.

"Canada is not only known for it's picturesque locations, but also for it's high standard of education. The Colleges in Canada are at par with the best known Colleges in the world, in terms of the educational programs offered and the facilities provided to the students " , says Mr. Deepak, Education Manager, Career XL Services..

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