Students make CNA proud at national Skills Canada competition

6/3/2009 2:32:18 PM

College of the North Atlantic students walked away with four medals at the 15th Annual Skills Competences Canada competition in Charlottetown, PEI. Winners were (from left to right); Donald Bradley, bronze medal, Electronics - Ridge Road campus; Andrew Power, gold medal, Graphic Design - Prince Philip Drive campus; John Oates, President of Skills Canada and Campus Adminstrator of Ridge Road campus; Michael Hopkins, silver medal, IT & Network Support - Prince Philip Drive campus; Jason Garland, bronze medal, Architectural Technology and Design - Ridge Road Campus.

The 15th Annual Skills Competences Canada competition was held in Charlottetown, PEI from May 20-23, with a strong performance coming from College of the North Atlantic (CNA) students.

Team Newfoundland and Labrador walked away with seven medals, four of which were won by students from CNA.

Andrew Power of Conception Bay South, representing Prince Philip Drive campus, took home a gold medal in the Graphic Design competition.

In addition, Power, brought home the Best Region Award which is given to the individual with the highest score representing his/her region. This marks the third year Power has received this award - the first two wins were in the secondary division.

A silver medal went to Michael Hopkins of Green's Harbour for the IT PC Network competition. Jason Garland of Mount Pearl took home a bronze medal for the Architectural Technology and Design competition, and Donald Bradley of Happy Valley Goose Bay took bronze for the Electronic competition. Both Garland and Bradley represented Ridge Road campus while Hopkins attends the Prince Phillip Drive campus.

According to John Oates, Campus Administrator at Ridge Road and President of Skills Canada NL, the students from CNA should be commended for their efforts.

"I am very proud of all our competitors. They were truly excellent ambassadors for the province and for the college and they should all be complimented on their accomplishments. It takes a great deal of courage and confidence to do what they did. And they did it so well!"

CNA students have won many medals over the twelve years that Newfoundland and Labrador has been participating in the national competition. Their success is a huge accomplishment and testament to the quality of training at CNA.

"I have to agree with Mr. Oates regarding all of the students representing the college at the national event this year they were a truly phenomenal, focused group of young people who were fine ambassadors for this province," said Carole Ann Ryan, Executive Director of Skills Canada Newfoundland and Labrador. "The same can be said of the many delegates (sixteen) sent by the college to coach the competitors."

Skills Canada is a not-for-profit organization that actively promotes careers in skilled trades and technologies. The Canadian Skills Competition is the only national, Olympic-style, multi-trade and technology event of its kind for young students and apprentices in the country. The event brings together Canada's best and brightest to compete in over 40 skilled trade and technology categories and provides an opportunity for students to be tested against industry standards and against their peers from across the nation in their chosen discipline.


For more information contact:

Roger Hulan
Communications Specialist
College of the North Atlantic
(709) 643-7938