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Next wave of trades students put skills on the line

TERRACE Northwest Community College (NWCC) hosted high school trades students from Terrace and Hazelton in the Skills Canada BC regional competition March 24, with two students advancing to the provincial-level competitions In all, five students competed in two disciplines three in carpentry and two in welding, with NWCC trades instructors providing and marking their tests. In carpentry, three students from Terraces Caledonia Senior Secondary had to complete a saw horse project. Kylar Highe claimed the gold, Richard Murray earned silver and Tory Taphouse took bronze. Two students, Donovan Fitchet from Hazelton Secondary School and Caledonias Shelby Foote, competed in the events welding portion. The students had to weld vertical plates in accordance to the supplied diagrams and Fitchet took gold, while Foote earned the silver. As first-place finishers, Highe and Fitchet advance to the 17th annual BC Skills Competitions in Abbotsford on April 20. Provincial winners go on to the Skills Canada National Competition in Quebec City June 1-4. At the regional level, the goal of Skills Canada BC is to encourage students to explore areas of interest in the trades and technology fields. By providing students opportunities to participate in various events, the hope is more students will be interested in pursuing a career in the trades and/or technology sectors. Northwest Community College is proud to host and facilitate this yearly competition, said Brian Badge, NWCC Trades Chair. Offering this opportunity to high school students can only help steer them toward the rewarding and challenging career opportunities offered in trades. For the College, its a great way to introduce these young people to our facilities and instructors it really is a win-win scenario. Badge expressed his thanks to the local sponsors that provided prizes for all the contestants: Western Equipment (pry bar set, safety glasses, tool box); Northern Industrial (welding jacket, socket set, circular saw); A.J. Forsyth (auto welding helmet); Air Liquide (auto welding helmet); Praxair (Canucks auto welding helmet); NAPA (mechanics gloves, screwdriver set); and Rona (drill). -30- Photo cutline: Kylar Highe of Caledonia Senior Secondary School won the gold medal, plus other donated prizes, in the carpentry component of the Skills Canada BC Northwest regional competition at NWCC Terrace Campus March 24. With him is NWCC carpentry instructor Joe Missere and NWCC Dean of Trades & Continuing Education Margo Van der Touw.

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