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Technology teacher recognized for initiative

Waterloo, Ont. -- The Annual Dick Hopkins Award for Excellence in Technological Education was presented to Dan Kroe...


Waterloo, Ont. — The Annual Dick Hopkins Award for Excellence in Technological Education was presented to Dan Kroetsch at the Teacher Advisor Conference held in conjunction with the Ontario Technological Skills Competition on May 2, 2006, at RIM Park, Waterloo, Ont.

The late Dick Hopkins was a technology educator at Napanee and Sydenham high schools and Queen’s University Faculty of Education who exemplified the energy and enthusiasm of a great technology educator who inspired a generation of teachers and students.

The Ontario Council for Technology Education (OCTE) and Skills Canada – Ontario initiated an annual award of excellence for an outstanding technological educator in his name after his death in 2002. This year’s recipient is Dan Kroetsch, a technology educator at St. Mary’s High School in Kitchener, Ont.

Kroetsch teaches architectural and mechanical design as well as manufacturing technology. He is recognized as having developed employer placements for his students that have initiated cooperative ventures for raw materials that his students turn into products for local industry.

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He has been instrumental in development of the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) curriculum for precision machining/manufacturing courses in the Waterloo Catholic District School Board. Kroetschis also known as “Mr. Skills Canada” for his board as he assists with the regional and provincial skills competitions and encourages his students to get involved.