Conestoga news

March 31, 2004 2:25 PM

Regional Students Vie to Earn Spots in Provincial Skills Competition

On April 1 and 14, some of the best and brightest students in Waterloo Region and Wellington County will be in action at two Conestoga College campuses, testing their skills and problem-solving abilities as they compete for medals and the right to go on to the Ontario Technological Skills Competition (OTSC) in May.

At the April 1 event, more than 200 entrants from Waterloo Region’s two school boards will participate. Depending on their competition categories, they will be either at the Doon campus in Kitchener or at the Guelph campus. In addition, another 400 elementary- and intermediate-level students will be part of special competitions at Conestoga’s Recreation Centre, at the Doon campus.

The April 14 event is at the Guelph campus only. It will feature more than 50 secondary school students from the Upper Grand District School Board and the Wellington Catholic board.

Both events are sponsored by Skills Canada - Ontario. Selected medal-winning students qualify for the OTSC, to be held May 3-5 at RIM Park in Waterloo. The provincial event will attract more than 800 secondary and postsecondary entrants, and more than 10,000 visitors.

The April 1 schedule calls for competitions to run from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Doon, and from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Guelph. The Guelph competitions on April 14 likewise run from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Competition categories at Doon include precision machining, virtual robotics, electronics, electrical wiring, carpentry, cabinetmaking, home building, computer-aided manufacturing, graphic design, TV video production and Internet/Web page design. The Guelph categories include welding, automotive service and small powered equipment.

Skills Canada is a national group of education, business, industry and government representatives which seeks to promote to young Canadians the value and importance of careers in the skilled and technical trades.

CONTACT: Leisa Cronsberry, 519-748-5220, ext. 3473