[Photo: (L-R) Rick Levine, Kal Szegvary, David P. Leonard (Trebas Pres./CEO) & Joshua Georgiades.]
At the Awards Dinner at the recent Annual Conference of the CCO (Career Colleges Ontario), Trebas Institute was honoured with two awards: “Instructor of the Year for Excellence in Teaching” and “Outstanding Graduate in Applied Arts.” The CCO association represents several hundred career colleges in a multitude of fields, serving approximately 60,000 students annually throughout Ontario, and employing several thousand instructors.
“It’s a great honour to be selected for these prestigious awards among the many other outstanding students and instructors in other career colleges,” says David Leonard, president and CEO of Trebas Institute, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. The school trains students for careers in the audio, music production, entertainment management, event management, and film & television production fields.
The award for Excellence in Teaching went to Rick Levine, now in his sixth year at Trebas. He teaches Music Publishing and Copyright, Social Media Marketing, Entrepreneurship, and the Broadcast Industry as part of the Entertainment Management program. Levine includes both scholarly and practical elements into the classroom including independent study, a respect for students, and an emphasis on critical analysis. “One of the most admirable aspects of the Trebas experience is the diversity of the student body coming from all around the world,” says Levine, who is also a musician and music publisher.
Joshua Georgiades, winner of the Outstanding Graduate Award, moved from the USA to Canada to pursue his passion by enrolling in the Film Production program at Trebas. “The smaller class sizes, open and caring instructors, and intensive curriculum was exactly what I was looking for,” says Georgiades. He has inspired fellow students to step out of their comfort zone and has helped them in their film projects as well. “He never settled for second best when completing projects,” says Film & TV Productioin Department Head, Kal Szegvary. “I am proud to say that Joshua rose to the top of the list in this competition and won over graduates from every other career college in this field.”
Georgiades offered to help on the production of a video for the Canadian Institute for the Blind promoting and explaining their new interactive teaching facility. He is now directing his own productions.
Trebas instructors and graduates have won these awards several times over the past five years. Trebas was also nominated several years ago for the prestigious TEC (Technical Excellence and Creativity) Award sponsored by Mix The Recording magazine – more recently NAMM. The category was “Outstanding Institutional Achievement: Recording School Program of the Year”.
Trebas is the only Canadian and non-American educational institution to ever be nominated for this award. Trebas has campuses in Toronto and Montreal.