Team NL shines at national skills competition!

6/2/2006 1:48:40 PM

Congratulations to Team Newfoundland and Labrador 2006, who won six medals at the 12th Canadian Skills Competition (CSC). The annual competition was held in Halifax, Nova Scotia from May 23 to 26, 2006 at the Halifax Metro and World Trade Centre. Of the six medals won by Team NL, three were taken home by College of the North Atlantic (CNA) students:

Graphic Design – Post Secondary: Geri Coady – College of the North Atlantic, Prince Philip Drive

Architectural Design – Post Secondary: Brad Coish – College of the North Atlantic, Ridge Road

Refrigeration -- Post Secondary: Edward Decker – College of the North Atlantic, Ridge Road

Other members of Team NL included Gold medalist Sarah Peach of Woodford’s Training Centre, Kelligrews for Aesthetics, and Bronze medal winners Heidi Morris, Queen Elizabeth High School, CBS for Job Interview, and Hayward Butler, Ascension Collegiate, Bay Roberts for Job Skill Demonstration.

“We had a truly fantastic team this year,” says John Oates, campus administrator at College of the North Atlantic’s Ridge Road campus in St. John’s, and President of Skills Canada Newfoundland and Labrador. “The level of maturity and professionalism was very impressive. Every one of our competitors was a terrific representative of the province.”

The CSC is an Olympic-style skills competition showcasing students' technical and leadership skills. Students participate in practical challenges designed to test skills required in technology and trade occupations.

Over 500 students from secondary and post-secondary institutions from throughout the country competed in 42 competitions, having earned a spot on their team through the provincial skilled trade and technology competitions. For Newfoundland and Labrador, that was the 9th Annual Provincial Skills Competition which took place in March and was hosted mainly by CNA in St. John’s.

“The philosophy of the skills competitions is to reward students for excellence, to directly involve industry in evaluating student performance, and to keep training relevant to employers’ needs,” states the association’s website.

“The competitions allow students to access the newest technologies and communicate with industry experts who serve as mentors by showing students that the skills they possess are valuable.”

Qualifying National Skills Canada winners earn the right to compete in the 39th World Skills Competition – taking place in Numazu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan from November 14-21, 2007.

Congratulations to all competitors and winners!


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