CNA students take four medals at Skills Canada national competition

5/30/2012 2:05:04 PM

Four CNA students earned medals at the Skills Canada national competition in Edmonton. (L-R) Justin Codner (Bronze), Brian Forward (Gold), Kathleen Dawe (Bronze) and Michael Gravelle (Silver).

College of the North Atlantic (CNA) students led the way to the medals for Team Newfoundland and Labrador at the national Skills Canada competition, held May 14-16 in Edmonton, AB.

CNA students won four of the nine medals awarded to the provincial team, including the only gold medal, which went to Brian Forward, a Computer Systems and Networking student at the Prince Philip Drive campus, for his work in IT Network Systems Administration.
“The strong showing by CNA students is a good indicator of the comprehensive quality of the programs we offer,” said John Oates, President of Skills Canada Newfoundland and Labrador and CNA’s lead campus administrator for the St. John’s region. “We are happy to support our students as they demonstrate their professionalism and skill on the national stage.”
CNA students also brought home a silver medal and two bronze medals.
Michael Gravelle, an Architectural Engineering Technology student at the Ridge Road campus, won silver in the Architectural Technology & Design category.
The bronze medals went to two students from the Prince Philip Drive campus. Justin Codner, who is enrolled in the Motor Vehicle Body Repairer (Metal and Paint) program, earned bronze in Car Painting, while Kathleen Dawe, a Graphic Production and Printing student was honoured with bronze in Offset Printing.
“Skills Canada is proud to lead the skills movement and provide young skilled tradespeople and technologists with an opportunity to showcase excellence in their fields,” said Skills Canada Newfoundland and Labrador Executive Director, Carole Ann Ryan. “It was also great to have such strong support from the coaches and mentors who accompanied the students and apprentices.”

This year’s Skills Canada National Competition marked the 18th annual installation of this prestigious event. The 46 members of Team Newfoundland and Labrador were among 500 competitors from across the country who competed in the more than 40 competition areas highlighted at this pan-Canadian celebration of trade, technology and employability skill areas.
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