Student engineers a bright future
Former Matamata College student Dylan Ward finished up top of his class at the Waikato Trades Academy.
He was part of the first intake of secondary school students to the course and in March graduated alongside Wintec School of Trades graduands.
Dylan, 18, was also awarded the Placemakers Waikato Trades Academy Top Student Engineering Award.
The Waikato Trades Academy was established in 2011 and is run jointly by Wintec, Waikato secondary schools and local employers.
It offers year 11 to 13 students interested in trades an opportunity to combine practical tertiarybased study with studies toward their NCEA Level 2.
The Government funds students to study at both Wintec and secondary Mechanical ( Year 3) school so students can benefit from both learning environments.
In the first year, Dylan studied automotive, mechanical and electrical engineering and built a Chopper bike from scratch. He was awarded the Manager’s Award for first year students.
In his second and third years, he decided to focus on mechanical engineering and built a fully functioning offroad buggy.
High achiever: Former Matamata College student Dylan Ward with the off-road buggy he built as part of his Waikato Trades Academy course.