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Northwest BC trades students prove their skills

Twelve champions came out on top at the Skills Canada BC northwest regional trades competition at Northwest Community College (NWCC) Terrace Campus last Friday, March 28. Welding 1. James Morrow from Caledonia Senior Secondary School in Terrace 2. Matt Marcellin from Caledonia Senior Secondary School in Terrace 3. Scott Comerford from Caledonia Senior Secondary School in Terrace Carpentry 1. Stephen Chapman from Caledonia Senior Secondary School in Terrace 2. Chad Babcock from Caledonia Senior Secondary School in Terrace 3. David Norton from Caledonia Senior Secondary School in Terrace Automotive Service 1. Alex Ethier from Hazelton Secondary School 2. Nathan McLean from Caledonia Senior Secondary School in Terrace 3. Jordan Darroch from Hazelton Secondary School Culinary Arts 1. Olav Laurensse from Hazelton Secondary School 2. Nichell VanKoughnett from Caledonia Senior Secondary School in Terrace 3. Simone Colombo from Hazelton Secondary School Each first place winner won a $500 Rio Tinto Alcan scholarship to be put towards a trades education program. They are also eligible for an all expenses paid trip to Vancouver to compete in the Skills Canada BC provincial competition, which will take place in Abbotsford, BC, on April 16, 2008. Additional prizes included a multitool provided by Rona Building Centre, open-end wrenches donated by Western Equipment, a welding helmet and gloves given by Praxair, and chef knives paid for by the NWCC culinary arts fund. "It was a fantastic day," said NWCC culinary arts instructor Chef Dennis Thistlewaite. "The level of expertise was incredible." "The judges were really impressed with all of the students" enthusiasm and talent," said NWCC trades coordinator Brian Badge. "Most importantly, participants got a good taste of what will be expected from them in the real working world of trades. Events such as Skills Canada BC are a great way for students to get their foot in the door. This was a big step for their careers." "Skilled workers are in high demand in our region so it was exciting to see so many fresh faces keen to learn and performing well," added NWCC Dean of Trades and Technology Dave O'Leary. "We appreciate the energy of the participants as well as the great job the regional school districts did in getting the students' here and making the day such a success." A total of 27 students competed in the all-day event.

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