Skills C regional competition upcoming

DAWSON CREEK ? For the seventh consecutive year, Northern Lights College will host the Skills B.C. Peace region competition.

In 2002, the College signed on as the host institution for the event, which provides exciting opportunities to secondary school students in School Districts 59 and 60.

As well, Dawson Creek?s South Peace Secondary School (SPSS) and Fort St. John?s North Peace Secondary School (NPSS) are partners with the College, providing on-site instructional collaboration and mentorship in the competition?s four disciplines.

The local organizing group includes Michael French, chair of trades and apprenticeship at the College, and this year?s regional event organizer; Jamie Maxwell, a shop instructor at SPSS; and Mike Clark, an automotive instructor at NPSS.

The regional competition allows students to get hands-on experience in a trade of their choice, and meet with their peers. The event is open to all students in grades 10-12, but registration is limited to 10-15 students per section.

The College?s Dawson Creek campus will host culinary arts, carpentry and welding, while the automotive section will be held at NPSS. The regional event will be held in March, although the exact date is still being finalized.

?Northern Lights College is very proud to be involved with the Peace region section of the Skills B.C. competition, and to continue to be the host location for the regional event,? said French. ?Getting learners interested and selecting careers in the trades will keep local youth in the Peace region and begin to address the ongoing shortage of trades? workers.?

Skills B.C. is a provincial non-profit organization composed of volunteers from the industry, labour, education and government sectors. The group promotes the value of professional technical and trade skills among the province?s youth.

In past years, Peace region students have gone to the provincial competition, bringing home gold, silver and bronze medals. Provincial champions qualify for the nationals, and the 2008 national champions will represent Canada at the worlds in Calgary in 2009.

?But, medals aside, the significance of the Skills B.C. competition is participation, camaraderie and education, not to mention in many cases a life-changing perspective on setting future career goals,? French said.

For more information or to register online, go to www.skillscanada.bc.ca, or contact any of the local organizers.

Also, for anyone wishing to contribute to the Skills B.C. Provincial Competition Travel Fund to cover the expenses of Peace region students who qualify for the provincials, contributions can be made through the NLC Foundation. For more information, contact the Foundation at (250) 782-5251.