The CFML also a finalist in the OSEntreprendre Challenge

SAINT-HENRI. While the Line Assembly Training Center (CFML), located in Saint-Henri, is a winner of the OSEntreprendre competition in the Professional training category at the local level, its “Traches de pin” project moves to the next stage, being a finalist at the regional level.

For the first participation in this competition, the director of the CFML, Sonia Goupil, had wanted for some time to create an entrepreneurial project with students from the Saint-Henri center. The center already had a hockey team which, she said, “helps create a sense of belonging” for their students who come from all over Quebec.

The Pine Slices project began in the fall of 2023. The latter aims to recover the pine “slices” that students cut as part of their line assembly training. Making a lot of scraps, this project gives them a second life by transforming them into trivets.

After sanding the board, the CFML logo is impregnated into the board which is then dipped in epoxy. Six students and three staff members decided to get more seriously involved in the project. They carried out several tests in order to find the best possible quality of the product. However, this will not yet be sold or produced in large quantities this year, as the training ends on May 31 for current students.

Sonia Goupil emphasizes that the project will continue next year by involving new students who will begin training in August. The group will also be able to concentrate more on production. She emphasizes that it is a “beautiful unifying project” where “everyone pitched in.”

The director and staff members have also already thought about a phase two and three of their project, but the details remain to be announced.

The CFML group will be present during the awards ceremony at the Cégep de Lévis this Thursday, May 2 to find out if it will be a winner at the regional level. These could then move to the national level. As a local winner, the group has already received a check for $200 from the Navigateurs School Service Center (CSSDN).

By Catherine D’Amours – Special collaboration, Le Journal de Lévis

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