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Exciting new format for Peace Region Skills competition

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A competitor in the Carpentry
event in the 2013 Peace Region
Skills competition.

A competitor in the Carpentry
event in the 2013 Peace Region
Skills competition.

DAWSON CREEK – The annual Skills Canada Peace Region competition is undertaking an exciting new format for the 2014 event, utilizing the Aerospace Hangar at the Dawson Creek Campus of Northern Lights College as “Skills Central”.

Many of the competition divisions (Post-Secondary and Secondary) will be held in the hangar, creating a similar atmosphere to the Provincial competition held in Abbotsford. The hangar will be partitioned into sections for each competition, making it a very busy place and creating a unique opportunity to watch the events. 

Four events will be held at other locations on NLC’s Dawson Creek Campus: Welding, Cabinetmaking, Culinary Arts and Baking. The Junior Skills division will be held in the gymnasium.

All divisions will be held on the same day – Friday, January 31. The public is welcome to attend.

The Post-Secondary division, for college students and Apprentices 29 years and under, includes the following events: Aircraft Maintenance Engineering, Carpentry (Level 3), Culinary Arts (Cook 1), Esthetics and Nail Care, Hairdressing, and Welding.

The Secondary division is for high school and Dual Credit students (grades 11 and 12). Events include: Carpentry, Architectural Computer Assisted Drafting and/or Mechanical CAD, Baking, Cabinetmaking, 2D Animation (Flash), 3D Animation, Culinary Arts, Graphic Design, Hairdressing, Public Speaking, TV/Video Production, VEX Robotics, and Welding (Level C).

The Junior Skills competition is open to students in grades 6-10. Events include: Spaghetti Bridge, Gravity Car, Sumo Robot and GearBots Challenge (Lego Robotics).

Registration is at 8:30 am on the day of the competition, followed by a short opening ceremony at 8:45 am, with competition beginning at 9 am. Closing ceremonies and awards presentations start at 3:30 pm in the Aerospace Hangar.

The Regional Skills competition is open to students from throughout the Peace Region and the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality. The event involves dozens of student participants, numerous volunteers who organize the event and serve as judges, and community partners and businesses who help through the donation of cash and prizes. The organizing committee includes staff members from School Districts 59 and 60, and NLC.

Gold medalists in each division have the opportunity to travel to Abbotsford for the Provincial Skills competition in April.

Skills Canada is a national organization that promotes excellence in skilled trades and technologies by organizing competitions at the Middle School, Secondary and Post-Secondary (Apprentice) levels.